Christy Danelle Di Frances, PhD, MA

Assistant Professor, Medicine

Christy Di Frances
75 E. Newton Street


Christy D. Di Frances, PhD, MA, has research and educational interests involving medical humanities, literature and medicine/narrative medicine, reflective/creative writing, medical education, and faculty development for physicians and scientists. Her interest in British Commonwealth literatures led her to pursue an MA in Creative Writing in Australia and a PhD in English, focused on Scottish literary studies, in Scotland. Following this training, Dr. Di Frances entered academic medicine to pursue innovative, cross-disciplinary opportunities for engaging in narrative-based education and scholarship.

At BUMC, she serves as Director of the ‘Narrative Writing Program (NWP): Writing from the Front Lines of Clinical Care, Education, and Research,’ which provides faculty with the opportunity to develop narrative skills and competencies through reflective writing, reading, and listening. She offers narrative consultations/writing coaching for BUMC faculty and curate a webpage for the NWP. She also co-directs a Writing Collaborative for faculty and trainees and engages in a variety of other narrative/medical humanities training workshops.

Additionally, Dr. Di Frances serves as Director of Training & Education for two American Heart Association (AHA) training programs: the Tobacco Center for Regulatory Science (A-TRAC) fellowship and the Atrial Fibrillation Strategically Focused Research Network (AF SFRN) fellowship. These blended (virtual and in-person) programs train fellows from Boston University and our partner institutions across the United States, including Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University, Cleveland Clinic, MGH/Harvard University, New York University, and the University of Louisville.

Other Positions

  • Director, Narrative Writing Program, Boston University School of Medicine


  • Published on 1/1/2019

    Di Frances CD. 'To Write Down the Whole Particulars': Narrative Competence in R. L. Stevenson’s Medical Doctors [Accepted for Publication]. Scottish Literary Review. 2019.

  • Published on 1/1/2019

    Di Frances CD. Mildred Codding’s Humanization of Surgical Art. Journal of the Surgical Humanities. 2019; 6-14.

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  • Published on 1/1/2019

    Di Frances CD. Reading Eucalyptus: Literary Reflections on the use of Narrative Education in Academic Medicine and Health Sciences [Accepted for Publication]. Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation. 2019.

  • Published on 4/3/2018

    Di Frances CD. Looking Glass Land. Hektoen International: A Journal of Medical Humanities. 2018.

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  • Published on 4/18/2017

    Christou H, Dookeran N, Haas A, Di Frances C, Emans SJ, Milstein ME, Kram KE, Seely EW. Establishing Effective Mentoring Networks: Rationale and Strategies. MedEdPORTAL. 2017 Apr 18; 13:10571. PMID: 30800773.

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  • Published on 1/1/2015

    Di Frances CD. 'Weary for the Heather and the Deer': RL Stevenson Depicts the Scottish Diasporic Experience. International Review of Scottish Studies. 2015; 40:61-93.

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  • Published on 1/1/2013

    Di Frances CD. 'And the Roadside Fire': Portrayals of Home through National Song in Stevenson's Scottish Adventures. Studies in Scottish Literature. 2013; 39(1):183-202.

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  • Published on 1/1/2013

    Di Frances CD. 'Hunted Gallowsward with Jeers’: Legal Disillusionment and the Diasporic Impulse in Stevenson’s Fiction. Journal of Stevenson Studies. 2013; 10:59-86.

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  • Published on 1/1/2012

    Di Frances CD. RL Stevenson's' Most Grim and Gloomy Tale': The 'Ebb-Tide' as Deconstruction of Colonial Adventure Narrative. Transnational Literature. 2012; 5(1).

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  • Published on 1/1/2011

    Di Frances CD. Founder to Shore: Cross-currents in Irish and Scottish Studies, Eds. Alcobia-Murphy S, Milligan L, Wall D. Mapping Place in Robert Louis Stevenson's 'The Black Arrow'. AHRC Centre for Irish and Scottish Culture. Aberdeen, Scotland. 2011.

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