Dr. Halverson's research interests include ethics and genetics, return of genetic and diagnostic testing results, health communication and linguistics, communicating risk and uncertainty, and patient education.


  • Genetic Testing
  • Return of Individual Research Results
  • Healthcare Communication and Language.


  • bioethics, linguistics and linguistic anthropology, medical anthropology, history and philosophy of science
  • medical genetics, cancer genetics, rare and undiagnosed disease, return of genetic test results, communication of risk and uncertainty, reclassification of variants, Drosophila and homology, genetic nomenclatures and harmonization, grammar, patient education, plain language.

Keywords: Medical genetics; Return of genetic and research results; Healthcare communication and language

Subject Area:

  • Medicine.
PhD, University of Chicago, Anthropology, 2017
MA, University of Chicago, Social Sciences, 2010
BA, St. Olaf College, History, German, Russian, 2009