Christine Gunn, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
General Internal Medicine

PhD, Boston University
MA, University of Western Ontario
BSc, 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 Chobanian and Avedisian 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

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

Boston University
BU-BMC Cancer Center

Boston University
Center of Excellence in Women’s Health

Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit

Genetic Testing in the Safety-Net: Improving Equity in Prostate Cancer Treatment
04/01/2020 - 03/31/2024 (PI)
Department of Defense

Using Community-Engaged Methods to Design a Tool to Promote Informed Breast Cancer Screening…
08/01/2018 - 07/31/2023 (PI)
National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS

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. Skipper TA, Weiss JE, Carlos HA, Gunn CM, Hasson RM, Peacock JL, Schiffelbein JE, Tosteson ANA, Lansigan F, Rees JR. A Survey of Cancer Risk Behaviors, Beliefs, and Social Drivers of Health in New Hampshire and Vermont. Cancer Res Commun. 2023 Aug; 3(8):1678-1687. PMID: 37649812; PMCID: PMC10464638; DOI: 10.1158/2767-9764.CRC-23-0267;
  2. Rees JR, Weiss JE, Gunn CM, Carlos HA, Dragnev NC, Supattapone EY, Tosteson ANA, Kraft SA, Vahdat LT, Peacock JL. Cancer Epidemiology in the Northeastern United States (2013-2017). Cancer Res Commun. 2023 Aug; 3(8):1538-1550. PMID: 37583435; PMCID: PMC10424700; DOI: 10.1158/2767-9764.CRC-23-0152;
  3. Gunn CM, Berrian K, Weiss JE, Tosteson AAN, Hasson RM, Di Florio-Alexander R, Peacock JL, Rees JR. A population-based survey of self-reported delays in breast, cervical, colorectal and lung cancer screening. Prev Med. 2023 Jul 28; 175:107649. PMID: 37517458
  4. Gunn CM, Gignac G, Hardy B, Zayhowski K, Pankowska M, Loo S, Wang C. Characterizing Referrals for Prostate Cancer Genetic Services in a Safety-Net Hospital. JCO Oncol Pract. 2023 Oct; 19(10):852-859.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37384869; DOI: 10.1200/OP.23.00055;
  5. Kressin NR, Wormwood JB, Battaglia TA, Slanetz PJ, Gunn CM. Women's Reactions to Breast Density Information Vary by Sociodemographic Characteristics. Womens Health Issues. 2023; 33(4):435-442.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37087312; PMCID: PMC10330326; DOI: 10.1016/j.whi.2023.03.002;
  6. Kressin NR, Slanetz PJ, Gunn CM. Ensuring Clarity and Understandability of the FDA's Breast Density Notifications. JAMA. 2023 Jan 10; 329(2):121-122.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36508205; PMCID: PMC10152312; DOI: 10.1001/jama.2022.22753;
  7. Beidler LB, Kressin NR, Wormwood JB, Battaglia TA, Slanetz PJ, Gunn CM. Perceptions of Breast Cancer Risks Among Women Receiving Mammograph Screening. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 Jan 03; 6(1):e2252209.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36689223; PMCID: PMC9871800; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.52209;
  8. Gunn CM, Li EX, Gignac GA, Pankowska M, Loo S, Zayhowski K, Wang C. Delivering Genetic Testing for Patients with Prostate Cancer: Moving Beyond Provider Knowledge as a Barrier to Care. Cancer Control. 2023; 30:10732748221143884.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36946278; PMCID: PMC10037728; DOI: 10.1177/10732748221143884;
  9. Gunn CM, Sprague Martinez LS, Battaglia TA, Lobb R, Chassler D, Hakim D, Drainoni ML. Integrating community engagement with implementation science to advance the measurement of translational science. J Clin Transl Sci. 2022; 6(1):e107.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36285013; PMCID: PMC9549478; DOI: 10.1017/cts.2022.433;
  10. Battaglia TA, Gunn CM, Bak SM, Flacks J, Nelson KP, Wang N, Ko NY, Morton SJ. Patient navigation to address sociolegal barriers for patients with cancer: A comparative-effectiveness study. Cancer. 2022 Jul 01; 128 Suppl 13:2623-2635.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35699610; PMCID: PMC10152516; DOI: 10.1002/cncr.33965;
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2020 Boston University School of Medicine, Department of Medicine: Evans Junior Faculty Research Merit Award
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
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Cancer Prevention
Cancer Risk
Health Services Research
Qualitative Research Methods
Women's Health
Health Disparities
Health Literacy

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