PhD Program in Public & Community Health

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Kathryn E. Flynn, PhD

Kathryn E. Flynn, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Center for Patient Care & Outcomes Research




Dr. Flynn was trained in sociology and population health sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to her membership in the Cancer Center’s Prevention, Control, & Population Sciences program at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Flynn is also Adjunct Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine.

Her research focuses on the development and analysis of patient-reported outcome measures. She is co-investigator on the Duke PROMIS Network, an NIH Roadmap initiative designed to create standardized, responsive measures of patient-reported outcomes for clinical trials. She is chair of the PROMIS Sexual Function domain group, leading the development of the PROMIS Sexual Function and Satisfaction measures.

Dr. Flynn recently completed work for the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative, a public-private partnership between US Food and Drug Administration and Duke University, on use of central institutional review boards for multicenter clinical trials.

Dr. Flynn also conducts research on patient decision making. Her AHRQ-funded work used data from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study to better understand older adults’ preferences for being involved in their medical decisions. She is also principal investigator for an R21 from NICHD to examine decision-making processes for patients seeking care for fertility problems.


Read more about Dr. Flynn and her research on the Faculty Collaboration Database
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