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

MA, University of Western Ontario

Dr. Gunn graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences and Masters of Arts from the 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 a Research Assistant Professor in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health at Boston University. Her research is primarily conducted within the Women's Health Unit in the Section of General Internal Medicine.

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 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. This work led to her selection as a 2016 finalist for the Milton W. Hamolsky Award at the Society for General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting. Similar research funded through the BU Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) examined the impact of breast density notification legislation on the Spanish-speaking population.

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

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, 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 Feb 06.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29426765.
  2. 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 Jan 17.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29338539.
  3. 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. 2017 Jun 28.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28661894.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Kaplan SE, Gunn CM, Kulukulualani AK, Raj A, Freund KM, Carr PL. Challenges in Recruiting, Retaining and Promoting Racially and Ethnically Diverse Faculty. J Natl Med Assoc. 2018 Feb; 110(1):58-64.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29510845.
  7. Carr PL, Gunn C, Raj A, Kaplan S, Freund KM. Recruitment, Promotion, and Retention of Women in Academic Medicine: How Institutions Are Addressing Gender Disparities. Womens Health Issues. 2017 May - Jun; 27(3):374-381.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28063849; DOI: 10.1016/j.whi.2016.11.003;.
  8. Blakeslee S, McCaskill-Stevens W, Parker PA, Gunn CM, Bandos H, Fagerlin A, Bevers TB, Battaglia TA, Muller-Nordhorn J, Holmberg C. . Deciding on Breast Cancer Risk Reduction: The Role of Counseling in Individual Decision-Making - A Qualitative Study. Patient Education and Counseling. 2017; (in press).
  9. Gunn C, Battaglia TA, Parker VA, Clark JA, Paskett ED, Calhoun E, Snyder FR, Bergling E, Freund KM. What Makes Patient Navigation Most Effective: Defining Useful Tasks and Networks. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2017; 28(2):663-676.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28529216; DOI: 10.1353/hpu.2017.0066;.
  10. Gunn CM, Bokhour B, Battaglia TA, Silliman RA, Hanchate A. “False Positive Mammography and its Association with General Health Service Use". American Journal of Managed Care. 2017; (in press).
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Cancer Prevention
Cancer Risk
Health Services Research
Qualitative Research Methods
Social Networks

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