Research Professor of Translational Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology
Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Cecile J.W. Janssens, M.A., M.Sc., Ph.D., is professor of Epidemiology in the department of Epidemiology of the Rollins School of Public Health. Her research concerns the translation of genomics research to applications in clinical and public health practice, and focuses on the polygenic prediction of multifactorial diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. She is best known for her theoretical and methodological studies that outline the future predictive ability and utility of genetic testing. Dr. Janssens has published over 190 papers in international scientific journals, including many articles on the psychological, behavioral, ethical and societal aspects of genetic testing, the quality of evidence, research methodology and research ethics. As the result of a serendipitous finding, her research recently expanded to include several projects on the validation and application of a powerful new search method for scientific literature. Dr. Janssens is a lecturer in graduate and post-graduate courses in local, national and international programs, in which she teaches about genetics, prediction, critical thinking, strategic grant writing, and research methods. Dr. Janssens has degrees in economics, psychology, and epidemiology and received her Ph.D. from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.