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Christine M Gunn, MA, PhD

Assistant Professor of The Dartmouth Institute

The Dartmouth Institute

Dartmouth Cancer Center

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Office: WTRB 527
Phone: 603-646-5430
Email: Christine.M.Gunn@Dartmouth.edu

Professional Interests

Health services researcher Christine Gunn, PhD, is an assistant professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. She also serves as the health equity liaison to the Community Outreach and Engagement Program of the Dartmouth Cancer Center.

Dr. Gunn’s research program is focused on risk communication, decision-making, and the utilization of evidence-based care. She has conducted a range of studies on how patients and providers negotiate the experience of being at risk for cancer—in particular, breast and prostate cancer—and its impact on the utilization of health services.

She has extensive experience in qualitative research methods, surveys, and mixed methods approaches and has a special interest in studying how health literacy affects health decision-making and behaviors. Gunn has received national attention for documenting how state-level dense breasts notification policies do not meet population literacy needs, and the impact they have on both patients and providers.

She has held service positions with several prominent organizations—including as a member of the Association of Community Cancer Center’s Health Literacy and Clear Communication eLearning Advisory Committee, AcademyHealth’s Education Council, and the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention, Screening, and Health Promotion Peer Review Committee. Gunn also serves on the editorial board of Behavioral Medicine.

Dr. Gunn earned Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Western Ontario and a PhD in health services research at Boston University.

Courses Taught

PH 122 Health Survey Methods

Selected Publications


Burden and trajectory of social needs after breast cancer diagnosis at a safety-net hospital.
Howard EC, Murray Horwitz ME, Gunn CM, Bak S, Nelson KP, Morton S, Flacks-Dunning JG, Battaglia TA
Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2024 Jun 8; doi: 10.1007/s10549-024-07389-5. Epub 2024 Jun 8.
PMID: 38851661

PrEP facilitators and barriers in substance use bridge clinics for women who engage in sex work and who use drugs.
Harris MT, Weinberger E, O'Brien C, Althoff M, Paltrow-Krulwich S, Taylor JL, Judge A, Samet JH, Walley AY, Gunn CM
Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2024 Jun 3;19(1):47. doi: 10.1186/s13722-024-00476-4. Epub 2024 Jun 3.
PMID: 38831359

Patient-Centered Decision-Making in Metastatic Breast Cancer Care Delivery: A Call to Action.
Rocque GB, Patel MI, Wallner LP, Bailey SC, Schear R, Gunn CM, Rivers J, Wilson R, Freeman EC, Buckingham TL, May SG, Kamal AH
J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2024 Feb;22(1) pii: e237113. doi: 10.6004/jnccn.2023.7113.
PMID: 38394778

Preoperative Communication Between Anesthesia, Surgery, and Primary Care Providers for Older Surgical Patients.
Ron D, Gunn CM, Havidich JE, Ballacchino MM, Burdick TE, Deiner SG
Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2024 May;50(5):326-337. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjq.2024.01.006. Epub 2024 Jan 18.
PMID: 38360446

Sociodemographic Variations in Women's Reports of Discussions With Clinicians About Breast Density.
Kressin NR, Wormwood JB, Battaglia TA, Slanetz PJ, Gunn CM
JAMA Netw Open. 2023 Nov 1;6(11):e2344850. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.44850. Epub 2023 Nov 1.
PMID: 38010653

Talking numbers: how women and providers use risk scores during and after risk counseling - a qualitative investigation from the NRG Oncology/NSABP DMP-1 study.
Blakeslee SB, Gunn CM, Parker PA, Fagerlin A, Battaglia T, Bevers TB, Bandos H, McCaskill-Stevens W, Kennedy JW, Holmberg C
BMJ Open. 2023 Nov 19;13(11):e073138. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2023-073138. Epub 2023 Nov 19.
PMID: 37984961

"If you're strung out and female, they will take advantage of you": A qualitative study exploring drug use and substance use service experiences among women in Boston and San Francisco.
Harris MTH, Laks J, Hurstak E, Jain JP, Lambert AM, Maschke AD, Bagley SM, Farley J, Coffin PO, McMahan VM, Barrett C, Walley AY, Gunn CM
J Subst Use Addict Treat. 2024 Feb;157:209190. doi: 10.1016/j.josat.2023.209190. Epub 2023 Oct 20.
PMID: 37866442

A Survey of Cancer Risk Behaviors, Beliefs, and Social Drivers of Health in New Hampshire and Vermont.
Skipper TA, Weiss JE, Carlos HA, Gunn CM, Hasson RM, Peacock JL, Schiffelbein JE, Tosteson ANA, Lansigan F, Rees JR
Cancer Res Commun. 2023 Aug;3(8):1678-1687. doi: 10.1158/2767-9764.CRC-23-0267. Epub 2023 Aug 29.
PMID: 37649812

Cancer Epidemiology in the Northeastern United States (2013-2017).
Rees JR, Weiss JE, Gunn CM, Carlos HA, Dragnev NC, Supattapone EY, Tosteson ANA, Kraft SA, Vahdat LT, Peacock JL
Cancer Res Commun. 2023 Aug;3(8):1538-1550. doi: 10.1158/2767-9764.CRC-23-0152. Epub 2023 Aug 14.
PMID: 37583435

A population-based survey of self-reported delays in breast, cervical, colorectal and lung cancer screening.
Gunn CM, Berrian K, Weiss JE, Tosteson AAN, Hasson RM, Di Florio-Alexander R, Peacock JL, Rees JR
Prev Med. 2023 Oct;175:107649. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2023.107649. Epub 2023 Jul 28.
PMID: 37517458

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