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, Health Law, Policy & Management, Boston University School of Public Health
- University of Western Ontario, MA
- University of Western Ontario, BSc
- SPH PM 755
- Published on 4/10/2019
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. PMID: 31289791.
- Published on 2/25/2019
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. PMID: 30803311.
- Published on 1/1/2019
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. PMID: 31178456.
- Published on 1/1/2019
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. PMID: 28661894.
- Published on 10/22/2018
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. PMID: 30350031.
- Published on 3/1/2018
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 03; 24(3):131-138. PMID: 29553275.
- Published on 2/6/2018
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. PMID: 29426765.
- 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 05; 27(5):615-622. PMID: 29338539.
- Published on 11/21/2017
Casas RS, Ramachandran A, Gunn CM, Weinberg JM, Shaffer K. Explaining Breast Density Recommendations: An Introductory Workshop for Breast Health Providers. MedEdPORTAL. 2017 11 21; 13:10654. PMID: 30800855.
- 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.
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