Joseph D. McInerney received his MS in human genetics and genetic counseling from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, in 1976. He...
Joseph D. McInerney received his MS in human genetics and genetic counseling from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, in 1976. He then spent more than two decades at the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS), in Colorado, where he was director for 14 years and wrote textbooks and other educational materials in biology, with a focus on genetics and evolution. Since October 2000, McInerney has been director of NCHPEG – the National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics – where he continues to develop educational materials in human genetics and genetic medicine.
In addition to his educational publications, McInerney has published more than 100 articles, chapters, and reviews in the scientific and science-education literature. He served as the editor of Perspectives in Genetic Counseling from 1983-1987 and now serves on the editorial boards of the Quarterly Review of Biology and Community Genetics. In 1996, he was elected a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, in recognition of his contributions to science education. In 2005, McInerney received the award for excellence in genetics education from the American Society of Human Genetics and the Natalie Paul Award for national achievement from the National Society of Genetic Counselors.