Beth Tarini

Beth A. Tarini, MD, MS

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases

300 North Ingalls 6D19 
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-5456

Office: 734-615-8153; Fax: 734-264-2599

E-mail: btarini[at]umich[dot]edu

Administrative Support Staff: Victoria Hage-Hassan
Office: 734-615-3139; Fax: 734-936-0941; E-mail: torie[at]med.umich[dot]edu

Curriculum Vitae

Biography, Education, Fellowship, Residency, Peer-Reviewed Publications

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Dr. Tarini’s research focuses on the communication process and the health outcomes associated with genetic testing in pediatrics.  She is particularly interested in pediatric population-based screening programs, such as newborn screening.  Through her research, Dr. Tarini seeks to optimize communication about genetic testing between parents and providers in an effort to maximize health and minimize harm.

Dr. Tarini is a current member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Genetics.



M.S., Health Services, University of Washington, 2006
M.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 2001    
B.A., Biology, Harvard University, 1997


RWJ Clinical Scholars Program, University of Washington, 2004-2006


Pediatrics, Seattle Children's Hospital, University of Washington 2001-2004

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Dodson DS, Goldenberg AJ, Davis MM, Singer DC, Tarini BA.
Parent and public interest in whole genome sequencing.
Public Health Genomics. 2015 Mar 6. (In Press).

Tarini BA, Rothwell E, Allexan S, Finan C, Bottex MG, Schuen J, Nasr S.  
Experiences Communicating About Positive Cystic Fibrosis Newborn Screening Results. 
2014 Aug 6. (In Press).

Finan C, Nasr C, Rothwell E, Tarini BA.
Primary Care Providers’ Experiences Notifying Parents about Positive Cystic Fibrosis Newborn Screening Results.
Clinical Pediatrics. 2014 Aug 6.

Mikat-Stevens NA, Larson IA, Tarini BA.
Primary care providers’ perceived barriers towards integration of genetic services – a systematic review of the literature.
Genetics in Medicine. 

Roberts, JS, Dolinoy DC, Tarini BA.
Emerging Issues in Public Health Genetics.
Annu. Rev. Genomics Hum. Genet. (In Press).




Botkin JR, Lewis MH, Watson, Swoboda KJ, Anderson R, Berry S, Bonhomme N, Brosco JP, Comeau AM, Goldenberg A, Goldman E, Therrell B, Levy-Fisch J, Tarini B, Wilfond B.
On behalf of the Bioethics and Legal Work Group of the Newborn Screening Translational Research Network
Parental Permission for Pilot Newborn Screening Research: Guidelines from the NBSTRN.

Pediatrics. 2014 Feb;133(2):e410-7.

Rinke ML, Mikat-Stevens N, Saul R, Driscoll A, Healy J, Tarini BA.
Genetic services in primary care pediatrics: a survey of the quality improvement innovation networks' physicians.
Am J Med Genet A. 2014 Feb;164A(2):449-55.

Tarini BA, McInerney JI.
Family history in primary care pediatrics.
Pediatrics. 2013 Dec;132(Suppl 3):S203-10.

Madeo AC, Tercyak KP, Tarini BA, McBride CM.
Effects of undergoing multiplex genetic susceptibility testing on parent's attitudes towards testing their children.
Ann Behav Med. 2013 Dec 12. [Epub ahead of print]

Lee JM, Eason A, Nelson C, Kazzi NG, Cowan AE, Tarini BA.
Screening practices for identifying type 2 diabetes in adolescents.
J Adol Health. 2013 Feb;54(2):139-43.

Goldenberg AJ, Dodson DS, Davis MM,Tarini BA.
Parental Interest in Whole Genome Sequencing of Newborns.
Genetics in Medicine. 2013 2013 Jan;16(1):78-84.

Tarini BA, Herman WH, Lee JM.
Effects of Hypothetical Type 2 Diabetes Genetic Testing on Parents' Efforts to Prevent Diabetes in Children.
Clinical Pediatrics. 2013 Sep;52(9):821-8.

Tarini BA, Konczal L, Goldenberg AJ, Goldman EB, McCandless SE.
The Perils of SNP Array Testing: Uncovering Unexpected Consanguinity.
Pediatric Neurology. Volume 49, Issue 1, July 2013; 49(1):50-3.

Wade CH, Tarini BA, Wilfond BS.
Growing Up in the Genomic Era: Implications of Whole-Genome Sequencing for Children, Families, and Pediatric Practice.
Annu. Rev. Genomics Hum. Genet. 2013; 14:535-55.

Lee JM, Gebremariam A,Woolford S, Tarini BA, Valerio MA, Bashir S, Eason AJ, Choi PY, Gurney J.
A Clinical Risk Score for Identifying Adolescents with Dysglycemia.
Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism. 2013;26(5-6):477-88.

Tarini BA, Exe N, Zikmund-Fisher BJ.
Anticipating the Arrival of Low Penetrance Genetic Testing to Primary Care Medicine.
J Comm Genetics. 2013; 4(2): 285-288.

Scherer L, Fagerlin A, Zikmund-Fisher BJ, Tarini BA.
Influence of “GERD” label on parents’ decision to medicate infants with excessive crying and reflux.
Pediatrics. 2013 May;131(5):839-45.

Tarini BA, Lantos J.
Lessons that newborn screening in the USA can teach us about biobanking and large-scale genetic studies.
Personalized Medicine. 2013 Jan; 10(1):81-87.

Laventhal N, Tarini B, Lantos J.
Ethical Issues in Neonatal and Pediatric Clinical Trials.
Pediatr Clin North Am. 2012 Oct;59(5):1205-20. Epub 2012 Aug 26.

Allexan SS, Byington CL, Finkelstein JI, Tarini BA.
Blindness in Walnut Grove: How did Mary Ingalls lose her sight?
Pediatrics. 2013;131(3):404-6.

Tarini BA, Goldenberg AJ.
Ethical Issues with Newborn Screening in the Genomics Era.
Annu Rev Genomics Hum Genet. 2012 Sep 22;13:381-93. Epub 2012 May 1.

Prosser LA, Grosse SD, Kemper AR, Tarini BA, Perrin JM.
Decision Analysis, Economic Evaluation, and Newborn Screening: Challenges and Opportunities.
Genetics in Medicine. 2012;14(8):703-712.

Tarini BA, Brooks MA, Bundy DG.
A Policy Impact Analysis of the Mandatory NCAA Sickle Cell Trait Screening Program
Health Services Research. 2012 Feb;47(1 Pt 2):446-61.

Tarini BA, Tercyak KP, Wilfond BS.
Children and Predictive Genomic Testing: Disease Prevention, Research Protection, and Our Future.
Journal of Pediatr Psychol. 2011 Nov-Dec;36(10):1113-21. Epub 2011 Aug 4.

Tarini BA, Clark S, Pilli S, Dombkowski K, Korzeniewski S, Gebremariam A, Eisenhandler J, Grigorescu V.
False Positive Newborn Screening Result and Future Healthcare Use in a State Medicaid Cohort.
Pediatrics. 2011 Oct;128(4):715-22. Epub Sep 19.

Burke W, Tarini BA, Press NA, Evans JP.
Genetic Screening.
Epidemiol Rev. 2011;33(1):148-64.

Brooks MA, Tarini BA.
Genetic Testing and Youth Sports.
JAMA 2011;305(10):1033-1034.

Lee JM, Wu E, Herman WH, Tarini BA, Yoon E.
Diagnosis of Diabetes Using Hemoglobin HbA1c: Should Recommendations in Adults Be Extrapolated to Adolescents?
Journal of Pediatrics 2011;158(6):947-952.e1-3. Epub 2010 Dec 30.

Tarini BA, Goldenberg A, Singer DD, Clark SJ, Davis MM.
Not Without My Permission: Parents’ Willingness to Permit Use of Newborn Screening Samples for Research.
Public Health Genomics 2010;13(3):125-30. Epub 2009 Jul 11.

Tarini BA, Singer DD, Clark SJ, Davis MM.
Parents Interest in Predictive Genetic Testing for Their Children When a Disease Has No Effective Treatment.
Pediatrics 2009; 124 (3):e432-e438.

Tarini BA, Lozano P, Christakis DA.
Afraid in the Hospital: Parental concern for errors during a child’s hospitalization.
J Hosp Med 2009 Nov 4(9):521-7.

Tarini BA, Singer DD, Clark SJ, Davis MM.
Parents’ concerns about their own and their child’s risk of disease: potential effects of family history vs. genetic test results.
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2008;162:1079-83.

Tarini BA, Burke W, Wilfond BS.
Waiving informed consent in newborn screening research: balancing social value and respect.
Am J Med Genet C Semin Med Genet. 2008; Feb 148C(1):23-30.

Tarini BA, Christakis DA, Lozano P.
Towards family-centered inpatient medical care: the role of parents as participants in medical decisions.
J Pediatrics 2007;151(6):690-95.

Tarini BA.
The current revolution in newborn screening: new technology, old controversies.
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2007;161(8):767-72.

Tarini BA, Freed GL.
Keeping up with the newborn screening revolution.
Contemp Pediatr 2007;24(4):36-48.

Tarini BA, Garrison MM, Christakis DA.
Institutional variation in repeat ordering of a complete blood count (CBC) in children hospitalized with bronchiolitis.
J Hosp Med 2007;2(2):69-73.

Tarini BA, Christakis DA, Welch HG.
State newborn screening in the era of tandem mass spectrometry: more tests, more false positive results.
Pediatrics 2006;118:448-56.

Tarini BA, Carroll AE, Sox CM, Christakis DA.
Systematic review of the relationship between timing of introduction of solid foods to infants and the development of allergic disease.
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2006;160(5):502-7.

Carroll AE, Sox CM, Tarini BA, Ringold S, Christakis DA.
Does presentation format at the Pediatric Academic Societies’ Annual Meeting predict subsequent publication?
Pediatrics. 2003;112(6 Pt 1):1238-41.