Bryn Gelaro, MA

Bryn GelaroSenior Director of Research & Medical Care

Bryn Gelaro serves as Senior Director for Research & Medical Care. She has a master’s degree in social work and has experience working in behavioral health with adults with adults with Down syndrome. At GLOBAL, she directly oversees the development and publication of their family and provider facing medical resources, including the Prenatal & Newborn Down Syndrome Information Pamphlet and the COVID-19 and Down Syndrome Resource, both of which she was a contributing author. Most notably, Bryn serves as an executive committee member and co-author of GLOBAL’s Medical Care Guidelines for Adults with Down syndrome (published in JAMA, 2020) and is currently project managing the ongoing second update on the GLOBAL Adult Guideline in collaboration with Down syndrome clinical experts from across the US.

Her department provides important support to GLOBAL’s affiliates, including outreach for the Crnic Institutes ongoing clinical trials and overseeing GLOBAL’s efforts to open a World Class Medical Clinic for adults with Down syndrome and the GLOBAL Adult Pilot Clinic with Denver Health. Bryn has spoken to parents, educators, and medical professionals at conferences across the nation, including at the National Down Syndrome Congress, the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group, and the Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action.

Bryn earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University (2012) and a master’s in social work from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service and Administration in (2015). She completed her Master’s graduate field training at the Adult Down Syndrome Clinic in Chicago, where she facilitated social skills groups, completed psychosocial assessments, and occasionally tried to keep up in Zumba class with teens and adults with Down syndrome.

During her free time, Bryn enjoys reading, crafting, and taking care of her suburban farm where she lives with her wife, Chelsey, and their 2-year-old, Sacha.

Contact Bryn at 720-548-5624 or