Laura Hennessy, MS, LCGC

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Laura Hennessy, MS, LCGC, is a genetic counselor with the Cardiovascular Connective Tissue Diseases Clinic at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Education and Training

Board Certification

Certified Genetic Counselor (CGC)
Licensed Certified Genetic Counselor (LCGC)

Undergraduate Degree

BS in Biological Sciences - University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Graduate Degree

MS in Genetic Counseling - University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Titles and Academic Titles

Genetic Counselor

Departments and Services




Placek, K., Benatar, M., Wuu, J., Rampersaud, E., Hennessy, L., Van Deerlin, V. M., Grossman, M., Irwin, D. J., Elman, L., McCluskey, L., Quinn, C., Granit, V., Statland, J. M., Burns, T. M., Ravits, J., Swenson, A., Katz, J., Pioro, E. P., Jackson, C., Caress, J., et al (2020). Machine learning suggests polygenic risk for cognitive dysfunction in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. EMBO molecular medicine, 13(1), e12595.


Qiang, L., Piermarini, E., Muralidharan, H., Yu, W., Leo, L., Hennessy, L. E., Fernandes, S., Connors, T., Yates, P. L., Swift, M., Zholudeva, L. V., Lane, M. A., Morfini, G., Alexander, G. M., Heiman-Patterson, T. D., & Baas, P. W. (2019). Hereditary spastic paraplegia: gain-of-function mechanisms revealed by new transgenic mouse. Human molecular genetics, 28(7), 1136–1152.

Placek, K., Baer, G. M., Elman, L., McCluskey, L., Hennessy, L., Ferraro, P. M., Lee, E. B., Lee, V., Trojanowski, J. Q., Van Deerlin, V. M., Grossman, M., Irwin, D. J., & McMillan, C. T. (2019). UNC13A polymorphism contributes to frontotemporal disease in sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Neurobiology of aging, 73, 190–199.

Posters and Presentations


Hennessy L. Screening for genetic disease in ALS probands: Analysis of complex family history patterns. Abstract presented at: CReATe Annual Meeting; 2021 March 11-12; virtual.