Center for Clinical Genetics
and Genomics

Cate Walsh Vockley, MS, LCGC

Catherine Walsh Vockley
  • Senior Genetic Counselor and Research Coordinator
    Division of Medical Genetics, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
  • Adjunct Instructor, Department of Human Genetics
    Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh
  • BS, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA,  1979
  • MS, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (Now University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus), 1986
  • Licensed Certified Genetic Counselor
  • American Board of Medical Genetics, 1987
  • Voluntary recertification by the American Board of Genetic Counseling 2006, 2016
Professional Interests
  • Inborn Errors of Metabolism
  • Newborn Screening and Public Policy
  • Ethical issues in Medical Genetics and Genetic Testing
  • Genetics in the Plain Communities
  • Patient Advocacy
  • Genetics Education
Professional Statement

After many years as a clinical genetic counselor in pediatrics, adult genetics, and especially cancer genetics, my focus shifted to patient advocacy and research. I currently serve as an advisor to the Save Babies through Screening Foundation with a focus on newborn screening awareness and education, especially for underserved populations in the US and abroad.

I study long-term clinical and psychosocial outcomes of patients identified through the state-run newborn screening programs, and coordinate the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Outreach Program to the Plain (Amish and Mennonite ) Communities for population-based studies of genetic variation and identification of undiagnosed disorders in this population in Western Pennsylvania.

Throughout my career, I have also been dedicated to educating the community and of healthcare professionals about genetics, from genetic counseling graduate students to medical residents, fellows and allied health providers in other fields. I have also been active in my professional organizations, serving as Founding Co-Chair of the NSGC Cancer Special Interest Group, NSGC Liaison and HRSA appointee to the Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children, and on the ABGC Certification Examination Committee and Practice Analysis Committee.

  • National Society of Genetic Counselors
  • American Broad of Genetic Counseling
  • American Society of Human Genetics
  • Society for Inherited Metabolic Disorders
  • Society for the Study of Inborn Errors of Metabolism
Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh
Medical Genetics
4401 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224