Laura Gunn

Associate Professor of Public Health in Biostatistics

Laura H. Gunn, Ph.D. received her Ph.D. in statistics from Duke University, during which time she also held a research training fellowship in biostatistics with the National Institute of Environmental Health Science. Gunn is currently an associate professor of public health in biostatistics at Stetson University, as well as an honorary research fellow at Imperial College London's (ICL) School of Public Health. She recently served as the department chair of integrative health science and public health program director at Stetson University. She was the associate director of the Global eHealth Unit at ICL. During this time, she also served as lead biostatistics director and interim associate dean of Georgia Southern University's Jiann-Pin Hsu College of Public Health (JPHCOPH), where she was on the core leadership team for Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accreditation. She also received the JPHCOPH Faculty Award of Excellence for Teaching and Mentoring (2009) and Service (2011). Her research accounts for 35 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and technical reports as well as serving as a PI or co-I on funded external grants and contracts totaling over $6.5 million. A sample of her publications includes such journals as Lancet, BMJ, American Journal of Gastroenterology, Pediatrics, Biostatistics, Biometrics, International Journal of Integrated Care and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. She has over 100 presentations and was invited and served a term in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee. 

Education

  • Ph.D., statistics, Duke University
  • M.S., statistics, Duke University
  • B.A., mathematics, Jacksonville University

Course Topics

  • Senior Research Proposal
  • Senior Research Project
  • Health and Medical Statistics
  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Internship in Health Science
  • Community Healthcare Seminar (faculty coordinator)
  • Health Coach Practicum I and II (faculty coordinator)

Research Interests

  • Biostatistics
  • Public health
  • Global health
  • Evidence synthesis
  • Health disparities
  • Community program evaluation
  • Clinical trials
  • Health outcomes research
  • Chronic diseases
  • Statistical consulting
  • Bayesian biostatistics

Publications

  • Smith, T.D.H., Watt, H., Gunn, L.H., Car, J., and Boyle, R.J. Recommending Oral Probiotics to Reduce Winter Antibiotic Prescriptions in People with Asthma: A Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial. Annals of Family Medicine, 14(5).
  • Judah, G., Vlaev, I., Gunn, L.H., King, D., King, D.K., Valabhji, J., Darzi, A., and Bicknell, C. (2016). Incentives in Diabetic Eye Assessment by Screening (IDEAS): Study Protocol of a Three-arm Randomized Controlled Trial Using Financial Incentives to Increase Screening Uptake in London. BMC Ophthalmology, 16(28). (DOI 10.1186/s12886-016-0206-4).
  • Woodhouse, L.D., Livingood, W.C., Toal, R., Keene, D., Hines, R., Tedders, S., Charles, S., Lawrence, R., Gunn, L.H., Williams, N., and Kellum, A. (2015). Evaluation of Diverse Community Asthma Interventions: Balancing Health Outcomes with Developing Community Capacity for Evidence-Based Program Measurement. Population Health Management, 18(5): 342-50.
  • Riboli-Sasco, E., Leslie, J., Felix, L., Head, R., Car, J., and Gunn, L.H. (2015). Effectiveness of Communication Strategies Embedded in Social Marketing Programs on Health Behaviors and Related Health and Welfare Outcomes in Low and Middle Income Countries (Protocol). Campbell Systematic Reviews, 11(3).
  • Mastellos, N., Gunn, L.H., Harris, M., Majeed, A., Car, J., and Pappas, Y. (2014). Assessing Patients' Experience of Integrated Care: A Survey of Patient Views in the North West London Integrated Care Pilot. International Journal of Integrated Care [serial online], 14(2) June 2014. Available from http://www.ijic.org URN:NBN:NL:UI:10-1-114782.
  • Mastellos, N., Gunn, L.H., Felix, L., Car, J., and Majeed, A. (2014). Transtheoretical Model Stages of Change for Dietary and Physical Exercise Modification in Weight Loss Management for Overweight and Obese Adults (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 2; Chichester: John Wiley & Sons. (DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD008066).
  • Chatu, S., Saxena, S., Subramanian, V., Curcin, V., Yadegarfar, G., Gunn, L.H., Majeed, A., and Pollok, R.C.G. (2014). The Impact of Timing and Duration of Thiopurine Treatment on First Intestinal Resection in Crohn’s Disease: National UK Population Based Study 1989-2010. American Journal of Gastroenterology; 109: 409-416.
  • Marcano Belisario, J.S., Tudor Car, L., Reeves, T.J., Gunn, L.H., and Car, J. (2013). Search Strategies to Identify Observational Studies in MEDLINE and EMBASE (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 12; Chichester: John Wiley & Sons. (DOI: 10.1002/14651858.MR000041).
  • Marcano Belisario, J.S., Huckvale, C., Greenfield-Vashitz, Car, J., and Gunn, L.H. (2013). Smartphone and Tablet Self-Management Apps for Asthma (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 11; Chichester: John Wiley & Sons. (DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010013).
  • Harris, M., Greaves, F., Gunn, L.H., Patterson, S., Greenfield, G., Car, J., Majeed, A., and Pappas, Y. (2013). Multidisciplinary Integration in the Context of Integrated Care – Results from the North West London Integrated Care Pilot. International Journal of Integrated Care [serial online], 13(4) Dec 2013. Available from http://www.ijic.org URN:NBN:NL:UI:10-1-114749.
  • Curry, N., Harris, M., Gunn, L.H., Pappas, Y., Blunt, I., Soljak, M., Mastellos, N., Holder, H., Smith, J., Majeed, A., Ignatowicz, A., Greaves, F., Belsi, A., Costin-Davis, N., Jones-Nielson, J., Greenfield, G., Cecil, L., Patterson, S., Car, J., and Bardsley, M. (2013). Integrated Care Pilot in North West London: A Mixed Methods Evaluation. International Journal of Integrated Care [serial online], 13(3) September 2013. Available from http://www.ijic.org URN:NBN:NL:UI:10-1-114735.
  • Shankar, P., Okwuokenye, M., Shah, G.H., Kitchen, S., Gunn, L. H., Ahuja, S., and Sturges, D. (2013). College Students’ Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors Regarding Low-Carbohydrate Diets. European Journal of Scientific Research, 106(1), July 2013 [http://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/health-policy-facpubs/34/].
  • Soljak, M., Cecil, E., Gunn, L.H., Broddle, A., Hamilton, S., Tahir, A., Majeed, A., and Car, J. (2013). Quality of Care and Health Outcomes (Chapter 3). In M. Bardsley, J. Smith, and J. Car (Eds.), Evaluation of the First Year of the Inner North West London Integrated Care Pilot. London, U.K.: Nuffield Trust.
  • Greaves, F., Pappas, Y., Bardsley, M., Harris, M., Curry, N., Holder, H., Blunt, I., Soljak, M., Gunn, L.H., Majeed, A., Car, J. (2013). Evaluation of Complex Integrated Care Programmes: The Approach in North West London. International Journal of Integrated Care [serial online], 13(1) March 2013. Available from http://www.ijic.org URN:NBN:NL:UI:10-1-114283.

Laura Gunn

Faculty Expert

  • Biostatistics
  • Public health
  • Global health
  • Evidence synthesis
  • Community program evaluation
  • Clinical trials
  • Health outcomes research
  • Chronic diseases
  • Bayesian biostatistics

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