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Sadie Hutson, Clinical Genetics Branch

Sadie Pauline Hutson, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.

Senior Advisor
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

NCI Shady Grove

Sadie Hutson earned a Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and an M.S.N. as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, she earned a BSN from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a certificate in clinical genetics from Georgetown University, Washington, DC. She received Cancer Research Training Awards from the National Cancer Institute, where she completed pre-doctoral (2002-2004) and post-doctoral (2004-2005) fellowships with DCEG. In 2019, Dr. Huston was inducted as a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and in 2022, Dr. Hutson was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. 

In 2020, she became a Senior Advisor to the Division, where she recruits, trains, and partners with research fellows and trainees across disciplines to conduct qualitative and mixed-method research addressing the needs of individuals, couples, and families living with inherited cancer predisposition. She leads the Needs Assessment Study of Individuals and Families with Dyskeratosis Congenita. 

Dr. Hutson is the Director of the Cancer Genetics Program at the Lawson Cancer Center at Pikeville Medical Center in Kentucky. 

Research Interests

Dr. Hutson’s areas of scientific interest include studying the consequences of living with chronic illness in rural and underserved populations, specifically Appalachia. She is particularly interested in hereditary cancer, women’s health, health services research, family-based care, HIV/AIDS, and cancer care. She served as Principal Investigator on multiple research and training grants. She has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and presented her work at local, national, and international professional venues. 

Current and Former Fellows

Dr. Hutson’s current fellows in CGB include Camella RisingRowan Forbes Shepherd, and Emily Pearce. Former fellows include Ashley Thompson and Catherine Wilsnack.