Dr. Gunn completed her PhD in Health Services Research in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Women's Health Unit, Section of General Internal Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine. She holds a secondary appointment at the Boston University School of Public Health in the Department of Health Law, Policy and Management.
Dr. Gunn is a health services researcher focused on risk communication, decision-making, and the utilization of evidence-based care. She has conducted an array of research on how patients and providers negotiate the experience of being at risk for cancer and its impact on the utilization of health services. She is particularly interested studying how health literacy impacts health decision-making and behaviors. Dr. Gunn has extensive experience in qualitative research methods, surveys, and mixed methods approaches to studying risk and prevention behaviors.
Dr. Gunn has received funding from AcademyHealth through the New Investigator Small Grant Program to examine women’s perceptions of the Massachusetts breast density notification legislation and its influence on their intentions for future screening. She is the recipient of a K07 career development award from the National Cancer Institute. This award uses community-engaged methods to develop and test a breast cancer screening decision aid in partnership with women with low health literacy. She is also conducting work through the BU-BMC Cancer Center American Cancer Society pilot program that aims to develop patient education to help women understand breast density and has a CTSI pilot award expanding her risk communication work to explore gender and age based differences in risk communication about fentanyl use.
Areas of Interest:
Cancer, Decision-making, Risk communication, Screening and prevention, Breast density, Health services research, health literacy, health disparities
Research Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Health Law, Policy & Management
BU-BMC Cancer Center
Center of Excellence in Women’s Health
Boston University School of Medicine
Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit
2018 Health Literacy Annual Research Conference:
Sabra Woolley Award for Best Oral Abstract Presentation
2016 Boston University Medical Campus:
Academy for Faculty Advancement
2016 Society of General Internal Medicine:
Milton W. Hamolsky Junior Faculty Scientific Presentation Award Finalist
2016 Boston University School of Public Health:
Katherine Skinner Memorial Prize for Dedication to Women’s Health Issues
2016 National Cancer Institute:
Cancer Disparities Research Network Early Career Travel Scholarship
2014 National Cancer Institute:
Student Travel Scholarship
2011-2015 Komen MATCH Scholar
Using Community-Engaged Methods to Design a Tool to Promote Informed Breast Cancer Screening…
08/01/2018 - 07/31/2023 (PI)NIH-NCI5K07CA221899-02
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04/01/2019 - 03/31/2020 (Activity-level PI)
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Perceptions of Breast Density Notifications Among a Low-Literacy Population: An Opportunity for P…
01/01/2016 - 12/31/2016 (PI)Academy Health
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Kressin NR, Wormwood JB, Battaglia TA, Gunn CM. Differences in Breast Density Awareness, Knowledge, and Plans. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 Aug; 35(8):2473.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32394138
Gunn C, Bernstein J, Bokhour B, McCloskey L. Narratives of Gestational Diabetes Provide a Lens to Tailor Postpartum Prevention and Monitoring Counseling. J Midwifery Womens Health. 2020 Jun 22.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32568461
Borno HT, Rider JR, Gunn CM. The Ethics of Delivering Precision Medicine-Pretest Counseling and Somatic Genomic Testing. JAMA Oncol. 2020 Jun 01; 6(6):815-816.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32163096
Gunn CM, Paasche-Orlow MK, Bak S, Wang N, Pamphile J, Nelson K, Morton S, Battaglia TA. Health Literacy, Language, and Cancer-Related Needs in the First 6 Months After a Breast Cancer Diagnosis. JCO Oncol Pract. 2020 Aug; 16(8):e741-e750.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32216715
Warner ET, Kennedy M, Maschke A, Hopkins MF, Wernli K, Gunn CM. Evaluation of existing patient educational materials and development of a brochure for women with dense breasts. Breast. 2020 Apr; 50:81-84. PMID: 32086135
Gunn C, Maschke A, Bickmore T, Kennedy M, Hopkins MF, Fishman MDC, Paasche-Orlow MK, Warner ET. Acceptability of an Interactive Computer-Animated Agent to Promote Patient-Provider Communication About Breast Density: a Mixed Method Pilot Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 Apr; 35(4):1069-1077.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31919723
Kressin NR, Wormwood JB, Battaglia TA, Gunn CM. Differences in Breast Density Awareness, Knowledge, and Plans Based on State Legislation Status and Sociodemographic Characteristics. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 Jun; 35(6):1923-1925.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31845108
Gunn CM, Paasche-Orlow MK. The FDA-Approved Essure Device Counseling Order Fails to Promote Patient Empowerment. Health Lit Res Pract. 2019 Apr; 3(2):e70-e73.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31289791
Gunn CM, Bokhour BG, Parker VA, Battaglia TA, Parker PA, Fagerlin A, McCaskill-Stevens W, Bandos H, Blakeslee SB, Holmberg C. Understanding Decision Making about Breast Cancer Prevention in Action: The Intersection of Perceived Risk, Perceived Control, and Social Context: NRG Oncology/NSABP DMP-1. Med Decis Making. 2019 04; 39(3):217-227.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30803311
Battaglia TA, Pamphile J, Bak S, Spencer N, Gunn C. Connecting Community to Research: A Training Program to Increase Community Engagement in Research. Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2019; 13(2):209-217.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31178456
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