Academics & Research

UCEER

Mentored RAs

Justin Hamady

Justin Hamady

Justin Hamady is currently in his third year at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. Justin graduated from University of California, Irvine with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Political Science. Justin is currently a Research Assistant for the Utah Center for Excellence in ELSI Research. His interests include the legal and moral implications of genetic testing, incidental findings, and medical malpractice, as well as the intersectionality between race and genetics. Justin enjoys reading, playing pick-up basketball and making music in his free time.

Robert B. Layne II

Robert B. Layne II

Robert Layne is a 4th year doctoral candidate (ABD) in the Department of Communication.  Robert received his B.A. in Communication from Truman State University (Kirksville, MO) and his M.A. from Texas Tech University (Lubbock, TX).  He currently studies intersections of health and organizational communication primarily involving marginalized communities.  To that end, Layne’s dissertation focuses on LGBTQ patient/provider communication involving expanded carrier screening and prenatal genetic testing.  He has served as a research assistant for UCEER for two years and has accepted the first doctoral research fellowship to work on genetics and communication issues.   Robert also spends time coaching the University of Utah’s John R. Park Debate Society, which won the 2017 Season-Long National Championship from the National Parliamentary Debate Association.

Kyle McDougle

Kyle McDougle

Kyle McDougle is a Research Assistant at the College of Nursing. He is assisting Lauren Clark and Heather Canary. Their project is to learn from parents who have given birth to a child who has been neonatally diagnosed with Down Syndrome about the information and support they needed during the transition to parenthood. He is personally interested in this project due to two reasons. One reason is due to his plans to become a doctor. He hopes to gain insight on resources and issues arising in the field of genetics so as to prepare him to explain them to patients. Secondly he is very involved in the Down syndrome community and has a sister with Down syndrome. From this stems his interest in all things genetic. This includes screening, promising research, law, or any other topic that affects the Down syndrome community.

Whitney Neukam

Whitney Neukam

Whitney Neukam is a first-year Master's student in the Department of Communication. She obtained two BA degrees in Communication and English with a French minor from Indiana State University in 2015. Her current research interests include attachment styles and domestic violence. Her RA duties involve assisting Heather Canary in a genetics decision-making project, as well as analyzing the overall organizational structure of the Utah Center for Excellence in ELSI Research. She also maintains the UCEER website.

Michael Squires

Michael Squires

Prior to law school, Mike had an extensive career in government in politics. He worked as a staffer to elected officials at the state and federal level. It was his work as a Congressional staffer handling health care and environmental policy that eventually motivated him to go to law school. Most recently, he worked for the Utah Department of Environmental Quality on air quality issues as a Khazeni Environmental Law Fellow. His interest in UCEER springs from an acute interest in health care policy, and the impact that our environment has on the policy objectives that we pursue. It is Mike's hope that precision medicine combined with an understanding of our environmental regulatory framework will enhance his legal education, and advance his career goals.

Eleanor Gilmore-Szott

Eleanor Gilmore-Szott