Kathleen Fergus



Kathleen Fergus, MS, LCGC, is a former writer for Verywell Health covering Down syndrome. Kathleen’s areas of specialty include diagnosing and providing support to families affected by genetic conditions. As a genetic counselor, she specializes in rare genetic disorders and is trained to deal with both the medical and psychosocial issues that can accompany the diagnosis of a genetic disorder. Kathleen has also worked as a health educator and project manager developing health education materials on rare genetic disorders.


Kathleen received her undergraduate degree in cell and molecular biology from San Francisco State University and her master’s degree in human genetics at the University of California at Irvine. She is board-certified in human genetics and genetic counseling by the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics.

A Word From Kathleen Fergus

No matter where you are on your journey with Down syndrome—dealing with a new diagnosis, working with the school system or facing the challenge of independent living—this information will help you on your way.

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