Jill Hendrickson, MS, MSSW

Board-Certified Genetic Counselor, UF & Shands
Phone: 352-265-0680 x87460
hendje@shands.ufl.edu

Jill is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a Master of Science Degree in Medical Genetics (1986) and a Master of Science in Social Work (1987). She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Southwest State University (1976) and attended a Cytotechnology certification program at the Mayo School of Health Sciences in Rochester, MN.

She has held positions as a genetic counselor in UF Pediatric Genetics (1986-1991), Fargo Clinic Meritcare (1991-1993), UF Jacksonville Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine/Shands Jacksonville (1995-2001) and UF & Shands Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division (2001-current). She was also National Coordinator for the Angelman Syndrome Foundation, Inc. during 1993 and 1994.

Jill co-wrote and was Principal Investigator for an NIH Small Business Innovation Grant, Phase I, entitled, “Facilitating the Diagnosis of Angelman Syndrome,” which was awarded in 1995, and served as a consultant on Phase II, which ended in 2001. This project involved videotaping children and adults with a “rare” genetic disorder which has symptoms more easily visualized than described. A number of DVDs have been produced and are still available to aid in identifying this underdiagnosed condition and to assist families in helping their affected member.

While with Pediatric Genetics at UF, she was co-founder of the Angelman Syndrome Foundation and chaired the committee to legally incorporate ASF as a non-profit national organization and served on the first Board of Directors. She has organized three national conferences for ASF.

She has been an invited speaker for many organizations, locally (medical organizations, schools, conferences) and internationally, twice for England’s Angelman Syndrome Support Group, and at a NATO Conference on Chromosome 15 disorders which took place in the Netherlands.

She is author or co-author of 10 publications to date, including a book chapter, and was executive producer of a videotape, “Love in Any Language,” in 1991.