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Dr. Regina Kenen

 Professor Emeritus

Dr. Regina Kenen Phone: (609) 771-2179
Office: Social Science Building 341


  • M.Ph., Health Promotion, University of Sydney
  • Ph.D., Sociology, Columbia University
  • M.A., Sociology, Columbia University
  • M.Ed., Tufts University
  • A.B., Barnard College

Courses Taught

  • Courtship, Marriage, and the Family
  • Culture, Health, and Illness
  • Senior Seminar

Recent Research

Participated in projects at the Royal Marsden Hospital and Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK, The National
Cancer Institute, the Baylor School of Medicine, and The University of Pennsylvania Medical School
primarily on the psycho-social implications of genetic counseling and genetic screening.


  • Peters J, Kenen R, Bremer R, Givens S, Savage S, Mai P, Easing the burden: Describing the role of social, emotional and spiritual support in research families with Li-Fraumeni Syndrome. Journal of Genetic Counseling. 2016, Vol 5, Issue 3, pp 529-542.
  • Peters J,  Kenen R, Hoskins LM, Glenn GM, Kratz C. Greene MH, Close ties: an exploratory Colored Eco-Genetic Relationship Map (CEGRM) study of social connections of men in Familial Testicular Cancer (FTC) families Hereditary Cancer in Clinical Practice 2012, Vol 10 (2).
  • Peters J, Kenen R, Hoskins, LM, Koehly LM, Graubard B, Loud JT, Greene MH,  Unpacking the blockers: Understanding perceptions and social constraints of health communication in Hereditary Breast Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) Susceptibility families. Journal of Genetic Counseling. 2011, Vol 5.

  • Kenen R,  Ardern-Jones  A,  Lynch E,  Eeles R) Ownership of Uncertainty: Practitioners counseling and treating women from hereditary breast and ovarian families who receive an inconclusive BRCA1/2 genetic test result.  Genetic Testing and Biomarkers.  e-pub ahead of print, Jan. 2011.

  • Ardern-Jones  A,  Kenen R, (co-first authors)  Lynch E, Dougherty R, Eeles R . Is No News Good News?  Inconclusive genetic test results in BRCA1 and BRCA2 from patients and professionals’ perspectives. Hereditary Cancer in Clinical Practice .  Vol. 8(1) 2010.

  • Koehly L, Peters JA,  Kenen R, Hoskins,L, Hersig AL, Kuhn N,  Loud J ,Greene MH. Characteristics of health information gatherers, disseminators, and blockers within families at risk of hereditary cancer: Implications for family health communication interventions, The American Journal of Public Health, Vol 99, 2009.
  • Koehly L, Peters JA, Kuhn N, Hoskins,L, Letocha A, ,Kenen R, Loud J ,Greene MH.)  Sisters in Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Families: Communal Coping, Social Integration, and Psychological Well-Being. Psychooncology  Vol. 17, 2008.
  • Kenen R, Shapiro PJ, Hantsoo L,  Friedman S, Coyne J  Women with BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations renegotiating a post-prophylactic mastectomy identity:  Self-image and self-disclosure. Journal  of Genetic  Counseling  vol. 16, Number 6. 2007.
  • Kenen R, Shapiro PJ,  Friedman S, Coyne JC) Peer-Support in Coping with Medical Uncertainty: Discussion of Oophorectomy and Hormone Replacement Therapy on a Web-Based Message Board . Psycho-oncology  vol. 16, Number 8, 2007.

  • Peters R, Hoskins L, Prindiville S, Kenen R, Greene MH.  Evolution of the colored eco-genetic relationship map (CEGRM) for assessing social  functioning in women in hereditary breast-ovarian (HBOC) families.
    Journal of  Genetic  Counseling Vol. 15. 2006.

  • Kenen R, Ardern-Jones A and Eeles R, “Social separation” among women under 40 years of age diagnosed with breast cancer and carrying a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation.  Journal of Genetic Counseling. Vol. 15, Number 3. 2006.

  • Kenen, R,  Ardern-Jones A and Eeles R. Too much, too soon?  Patients and Health Professionals’ views concerning the impact of genetic testing at the time of breast cancer diagnosis in women under the age of 40. European Journal of Cancer Care  Vol l4, 2005.

  • Peters J,  Kenen, R, Giusti R, Loud J, Weissman N and Greene M) Exploratory Study of the Feasibility and Utility of the Colored Eco-Genetic Relational Map (CEGRM) in Women at High Genetic Risk of Developing Breast Cancer.  American Journal of Medical Genetics Vol 130A, 2004.

  • Kenen R, Ardern-Jones A and Eeles R.  We are talking, but are they listening?  Communication Patterns in Families with a History of Breast /Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) Psycho Oncology  Vol  13  2004.

  • Kenen R, Ardern-Jones A. and Eeles R Healthy Women from Suspected Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) Families:  The Significant Others in Their Lives, European Journal of Cancer Care Vol.13, 2004.
  • Kenen R, Ardern-Jones A and Eeles R , Living with Chronic Risk:  Healthy Women with a Family History
    of Breast/Ovarian Cancer (HBOC)  Health, Risk and Society Vol 5,Number 3,2003.
  • (In press).  “Healthy Women from Suspected Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) Families: The Significant Other in Their Lives.”  European Journal of Caner Care .  (with R. Eeles and A. Ardern-Jones).
  • (In press).  “Living with Chronic Risk: Healthy Women with a Family History of Breast/Ovarian Cancer (HBOC).”  Health, Risk, and Society .
  • (In press).  “We Are Talking, but Are They Listening? Communication Patterns in Families with a History of Breast/Ovarian Cancer (HBOC).”  Psycho-Oncology .  (with R. Eeles and A. Arden-Jones).
  • 2003.  “Family Stories and the Use of Heuristics: Women from suspected HBOC Families.”  Sociology of Health and Illness.   Vol. 25 (7). (with R. Eeles and A. Ardern-Jones).
  • 2001.  “The Colored, Eco-Genetic Relationship Map (CEGRM): A Conceptual Approach and Tool for Genetic Counseling Research.”  Journal of Genetic Counseling .  Vol. 10 (3).  (with J. Peters).
  • 2000.  “To Use or Not to Use?  The Prenatal Genetic Technology/Worry Conundrum,” Journal of Genetic Counseling.  Vol. 9 (1).  (with Smith, ACM, Watkins, C and C. Zuber-Pittore).
  • 2000.  “To Use or Not to Use?:  Male Partners’ Perspectives on Decision-Making About Prenatal Diagnosis,” Journal of Genetic Counseling.  Vol. 9 (3).  (with Smith, ACM, Watkins, C and C. Zuber-Pittore).
  • 1999.  “Genetic Discrimination, Reproductive Health in the Workplace,” entries in The Encyclopedia of Reproductive Technologies.  Westview Press.
  • 1998. Pregnancy at Work: Health and Safety for the Working Woman. London: Pluto Press.
  • 1997. “Opportunities and Impediments for a Consolidating and Expanding Profession: Genetic Counseling in the United States,” Social Science and Medicine. Vol. 45 (9).
  • 1997. “The At-Risk Health Status and Technology: A Diagnostic Invitation and the ‘Gift’ of Knowing,” Social Science and Medicine (abridged version) in J. Katz. London: Macmillan.
  • 1996. “The At-Risk Health Status and Technology: A Diagnostic Invitation and the ‘Gift’ of Knowing,” Social Science and Medicine. London: Macmillan. Vol. 42 (22).
  • with Ann C. M. Smith. 1995. “Genetic Counseling for the Next 25 Years: Models for the Future,” Journal of Genetic Counseling. Vol. 4 (2).
  • 1994. “The Human Genome Project: Creating the Potentially Sick, Potentially Vulnerable and Potentially Stigmatized?” in Fulbright Colloquium 1991 Proceedings: The Social Consequence of Life and Death Under High Technology Medicine. University of Manchester Press.
  • 1994. “Women and Risks,” Hutner, F. (ed.) Our Visions and Values: Women Shaping the 21st Century. New York: Praeger.
  • 1993. Reproductive Hazards in the Workplace: Mending Jobs., Managing Pregnancies. Binghamton, New York Haworth.
  • with Kay Armstrong. 1992. “The ‘Why, Whether and When’ of Condom Use Among Female and Male Drug Users,” Journal of Community Health. Vol. 17, No. 5. October.
  • with Kay Armstrong and Linda Samost. 1991. “Identifying and Reducing Barriers to Utilization of Family Planning Services for Women in Drug Treatment Programs,” Family Planning Perspectives. December.
  • with Lin Nelson and Susan Klitzman. 1990. “Turning Things Around: A Women’s Occupational and Environmental Health Resource Guide,” National Women’s Health Network. Washington, D.C.
  • with Robert Schmidt. 1989. “AIDS in an Aging Society: Ethical and Psycho-Social Considerations,” Generations. November.
  • with Robert Anderson. 1989. “Alcohol and Deviance; Shifts on a Social Continuum,” Free Inquiry in Creative Sociology. Pp. 85-93.
  • with Greg Goldstein. 1988. “Internal Dialogue in a ‘Normal’ Population: The Implications for Health Promotion,” Health Promotion. Vol. 3, No.3.
  • 1988. “What’s Next for Genetic Counseling: Opportunities and Obstacles,” in Ball, S. (ed.), Strategies in Genetic Counseling: The Challenge of the Future. Vol. 1, N.Y.C.: Human Sciences Press.
  • with Charles Hammerslough. 1987. “A Comparison of Reservation/Non-Reservation American Indian Mortality 1970-1978,” Social Biology. Fall/Winter.
  • 1987. “Double Messages, Double Images: Physical Fitness, Self-Concepts and Women’s Exercise Classes,” Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. August.
  • 1987. “Health Status: Australian Aborigines and Native Americans: A Comparison,” Australian Aboriginal Studies. No. 1.
  • with Robert Schmidt. 1987. “Social Implications of Screening Programs for Carrier Status: Genetic Diseases in the 1970’s and AIDS in the 1980’s,” in Schwartz., H., (ed.), Dominant Issues in Medical Sociology 2d. ed., Random House, New York.
  • 1986. “Growing Pains of a New Health Care Field: Genetic Counselling in Australia and the United States,” Australian Journal of Social Issues. August.
  • 1986. “The Woman’s Exercise Class Comes of Age: Physical Fitness as a Social Enterprise,” Journal of Sports and Social Issues. Vol. 10, No.l. July.
  • 1986. “Making Agreements with Oneself: Prelude to Social Behavior,” Sociological Forum. Vol. 1, No. 2. Spring.
  • 1984. “Genetic Counseling: The Development of a New Interdisciplinary Field,” Social Science and Medicine. Vol. 18, No. 7.
  • 1982. “Soapsuds, Space and Sociability: A Participant Observation of the Laundromat,” Urban Life. July.
  • 1981. “A Look at Prenatal Diagnosis within the Context to Changing Parental and Reproductive Norms,” in Holmes, H.H., Hoskins, B.B., and Gross, M., (eds.), The Custom Made Child? Women’s Perspectives. Humana Press, Clifton, N.J.
  • 1980. “Negotiations, Superstitions, and the Plight of Individuals Born with Severe Birth Defects,” Social Science and Medicine. Vol. 14A. July.