Christine Marie Gunn, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Medicine

Christine Gunn
(617) 414-1993
801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center


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.

Other Positions

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


  • University of Western Ontario, MA
  • University of Western Ontario, BSc

Classes Taught

  • PM755


  • Published on 1/17/2018

    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. PMID: 29338539.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 6/28/2017

    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. PMID: 28661894.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 6/27/2017

    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. PMID: 28734560.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 5/30/2017

    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. PMID: 28559408.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 1/4/2017

    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. PMID: 28063849.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 1/1/2017

    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).

  • Published on 1/1/2017

    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. PMID: 28529216.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 1/1/2017

    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).

  • Published on 6/14/2016

    Ko NY, Battaglia TA, Gupta-Lawrence R, Schiller J, Gunn C, Festa K, Nelson K, Flacks J, Morton SJ, Rosen JE. Burden of socio-legal concerns among vulnerable patients seeking cancer care services at an urban safety-net hospital: a cross-sectional survey. BMC Health Serv Res. 2016 Jun 14; 16:196. PMID: 27296566.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 4/26/2016

    Kressin NR, Gunn CM, Battaglia TA. Content, Readability, and Understandability of Dense Breast Notifications by State. JAMA. 2016 Apr 26; 315(16):1786-8. PMID: 27115382.

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