Christine Gunn, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
General Internal Medicine

MA, University of Western Ontario



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

Research Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Health Law, Policy & Management



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-NCI
1K07CA221899-01A1

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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  1. 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 Apr; 39(3):217-227.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30803311.
     
  2. Gunn CM, Bokhour B, Parker VA, Parker PA, Blakeslee S, Bandos H, Holmberg C. Exploring Explanatory Models of Risk in Breast Cancer Risk Counseling Discussions: NSABP/NRG Oncology Decision-Making Project 1. Cancer Nurs. 2019 Jan/Feb; 42(1):3-11.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28661894.
     
  3. Gunn CM, Fitzpatrick A, Waugh S, Carrera M, Kressin NR, Paasche-Orlow MK, Battaglia TA. A Qualitative Study of Spanish-Speakers' Experience with Dense Breast Notifications in a Massachusetts Safety-Net Hospital. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Feb; 34(2):198-205.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30350031; DOI: 10.1007/s11606-018-4709-y;.
     
  4. Gunn CM, Bokhour B, Battaglia TA, Silliman RA, Hanchate A. False-positive mammography and its association with health service use. Am J Manag Care. 2018 Mar; 24(3):131-138.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29553275.
     
  5. Gunn CM, Battaglia TA, Paasche-Orlow MK, West AK, Kressin NR. Women's perceptions of dense breast notifications in a Massachusetts safety net hospital: "So what is that supposed to mean?" Patient Educ Couns. 2018 06; 101(6):1123-1129.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29426765.
     
  6. Gunn CM, Kressin NR, Cooper K, Marturano C, Freund KM, Battaglia TA. Primary Care Provider Experience with Breast Density Legislation in Massachusetts. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2018 05; 27(5):615-622.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29338539.
     
  7. Casas RS, Ramachandran A, Gunn CM, Weinberg JM, Shaffer K. Explaining Breast Density Recommendations: An Introductory Workshop for Breast Health Providers. MedEdPORTAL. 2017 Nov 21; 13:10654.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30800855.
     
  8. Casas RS, Ramachandran A, Gunn CM, Weinberg JM, Shaffer K. . Explaining breast density recommendations: An introductory workshop for breast health providers. 2017. View Publication
  9. Blakeslee SB, McCaskill-Stevens W, Parker PA, Gunn CM, Bandos H, Bevers TB, Battaglia TA, Fagerlin A, Müller-Nordhorn J, Holmberg C. Deciding on breast cancer risk reduction: The role of counseling in individual decision-making - A qualitative study. Patient Educ Couns. 2017 Dec; 100(12):2346-2354.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28734560.
     
  10. Gunn CM, Parker VA, Bak SM, Ko N, Nelson KP, Battaglia TA. Social Network Structures of Breast Cancer Patients and the Contributing Role of Patient Navigators. Oncologist. 2017 Aug; 22(8):918-924.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28559408.
     
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Cancer Prevention
Cancer Risk
Decision-Making
Health Services Research
Qualitative Research Methods
Social Networks

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