Charité Ricker is the Director of Genetic Counseling at Los Angeles General Medical Center, a Clinical Instructor at the University of Southern California, and a member of the Cancer Control Program at the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. She received her BS in Genetics from Texas A&M, her MS in Genetic Counseling from California State University, Northridge, and is working on a PhD in Health Behavior Research at USC.
Charité, a Spanish speaker, has been particularly focused on improving access to cancer genetics for the Hispanic/Latino community. Early in her career, at City of Hope, her clinical and research efforts were focused on outreach effort to safety-net facilities. After joining the Norris and working with oncology leadership, she established cancer genetic services LAC+USC Medical Center, a safety-net hospital.
She is part of a MPI team leading a NIH project to develop and study a computer-generated avatar to provide pre-test genetic education in Spanish and English. She also co-leads the Engagement Optimization Unit of the USC Optimizing Engagement of Hispanic Colorectal Cancer Patients in Cancer Genomic Characterization Studies, part of a Cancer Moonshot Network.
Charité co-leads the NSGC Spanish Development SIG and served as the Cultural Competency Co-Chair. She is an ASCO member, previously on the Cancer Prevention Committee and currently co-leading the Germline Genetic Testing Guidelines Working Group. She is a member of CGA-IGC and part of the JEDI Committee. She is on the NCI PDQ Cancer Genetics Editorial Board, All of Us Genetic Counseling Advisory Board, and is a Section Editor for the Journal of Genetic Counseling. Charité is actively engaged in cancer genetics education endeavors locally, nationally, and internationally.