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Since graduating in 1984 from the Sarah Lawrence Human Genetics Program, Ms. Bennett has served as Senior Genetic Counselor and Clinic Manager for the University of Washington Medical Genetics Clinics. She is certified in genetic counseling by the American Board of Medical Genetics and the American Board of Genetic Counseling. She currently serves as the Senior Genetic Counselor and Co-Director of the Genetic Medicine Clinic and she is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Medical Genetics in the Department of Medicine. In 2009, she was granted an honorary Doctor of Science from Kenyon College for her work as an author and genetic counselor. Ms. Bennett has been honored with one of the highest awards from the University of Washington with the 2008 Distinguished Staff Award. In 2007 she was awarded the "Natalie Weissberger Paul Lifetime Achievement Award" from the National Society of Genetic Counselors, and in 2005 she was honored with the NSGC Regional Leadership Award. She is also a 2007 recipient of the "Women to Celebrate" award from the Seattle Times, the Seattle PI, the YWCA and ACT Theater. In 2006 she was the recipient of the University of Washington Patient and Family Educator Award. In 2001 her work on developing genetic counseling practice guidelines for consanguinity received the NSGC award for the best abstract, and the publication of this work in the April 2002 issue of the Journal of Genetic Counseling received world-wide acclaim. Ms. Bennett has been a forerunner in the development of genetic counseling practice recommendations including developing criterion for pedigree nomenclature that are now the world standard and they are included in the American Medical Association Manual of Style.