Christine Marie Gunn, PhD

Assistant Professor, Medicine

Christine Gunn
617.414.1993
801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center

Biography

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, health literacy, health disparities

Other Positions

  • Research Assistant Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Member, BU-BMC Cancer Center, Boston University
  • Member, Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, Boston University
  • Faculty, Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit, Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Education

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

Publications

  • Published on 5/23/2021

    Pytell JD, Sklar MD, Carrese J, Rastegar DA, Gunn C, Chander G. "I'm a Survivor": Perceptions of Chronic Disease and Survivorship Among Individuals in Long-Term Remission from Opioid Use Disorder. J Gen Intern Med. 2021 May 23. PMID: 34027611.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 1/27/2021

    Harris MTH, Bagley SM, Maschke A, Schoenberger SF, Sampath S, Walley AY, Gunn CM. Competing risks of women and men who use fentanyl: "The number one thing I worry about would be my safety and number two would be overdose". J Subst Abuse Treat. 2021 06; 125:108313. PMID: 34016300.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 12/25/2020

    Kressin NR, Battaglia TA, Wormwood JB, Slanetz PJ, Gunn CM. Dense Breast Notification Laws' Association With Outcomes in the US Population: A Cross-Sectional Study. J Am Coll Radiol. 2021 May; 18(5):685-695. PMID: 33358722.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 12/13/2020

    Harris M, McDonald EG, Marrone E, El-Messidi A, Girard T, Gosselin S, Gunn CM, Shapiro GD, Longo C, Dayan N. Postpartum Analgesia in New Mothers (PAIN) Study: A Survey of Canadian Obstetricians' Post-Delivery Opioid-Prescribing Practices. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2020 Dec 13. PMID: 33321248.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 12/1/2020

    Maschke A, Paasche-Orlow MK, Kressin NR, Schonberg MA, Battaglia TA, Gunn CM. Discussions of Potential Mammography Benefits and Harms among Patients with Limited Health Literacy and Providers: "Oh, There are Harms?" J Health Commun. 2020 Dec 01; 25(12):951-961. PMID: 33455518.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 11/26/2020

    Gunn CM, Maschke A, Harris M, Schoenberger SF, Sampath S, Walley AY, Bagley SM. Age-based preferences for risk communication in the fentanyl era: 'A lot of people keep seeing other people die and that's not enough for them'. Addiction. 2021 06; 116(6):1495-1504. PMID: 33119196.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 11/5/2020

    Housten AJ, Gunn CM, Paasche-Orlow MK, Basen-Engquist KM. Health Literacy Interventions in Cancer: a Systematic Review. J Cancer Educ. 2021 Apr; 36(2):240-252. PMID: 33155097.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 11/4/2020

    Borno HT, Odisho AY, Gunn CM, Pankowska M, Rider JR. Disparities in precision medicine-Examining germline genetic counseling and testing patterns among men with prostate cancer. Urol Oncol. 2021 Apr; 39(4):233.e9-233.e14. PMID: 33158741.

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  • Published on 9/15/2020

    Gunn CM, Maschke A, Paasche-Orlow MK, Kressin NR, Schonberg MA, Battaglia TA. Engaging Women with Limited Health Literacy in Mammography Decision-Making: Perspectives of Patients and Primary Care Providers. J Gen Intern Med. 2021 04; 36(4):938-945. PMID: 32935318.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 8/1/2020

    Kressin NR, Wormwood JB, Battaglia TA, Gunn CM. Differences in Breast Density Awareness, Knowledge, and Plans. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 08; 35(8):2473. PMID: 32394138.

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