Christine Marie Gunn PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management
801 Massachusetts Ave | (617) 414-1993
General Internal Medicine
Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit
BU-BMC Cancer Center
Center of Excellence in Women’s Health
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
Health Services Research, PhD, Boston University, 2015
Kinesiology, MA, University of Western Ontario, 2007
Health Science, BSc, University of Western Ontario, 2005
Gunn CM, Maschke A, Paasche-Orlow MK, Housten AJ, Kressin NR, Schonberg MA, Battaglia TA. Using Mixed Methods With Multiple Stakeholders to Inform Development of a Breast Cancer Screening Decision Aid for Women With Limited Health Literacy. MDM Policy Pract. 2021 Jul-Dec; 6(2):23814683211033249. PMID: 34350361.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.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.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.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. 2021 08; 43(8):957-966.e9. PMID: 33321248.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 12 01; 25(12):951-961. PMID: 33455518.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.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 04; 36(2):240-252. PMID: 33155097.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 04; 39(4):233.e9-233.e14. PMID: 33158741.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.
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