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Kathryn Eve Flynn

Adjunct Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences
Population Health Sciences
Box 3850 Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710
2400 Pratt St, Durham, NC 27710


Kathryn E. Flynn, PhD, is an adjunct assistant professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine. She works primarily at the Duke Clinical Research Institute.

Dr. Flynn was trained in sociology and population health sciences at the University of Wisconsin, where she worked with Maureen Smith on the development and fielding of new survey instruments to assess health care access and utilization in the near elderly as part of the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, a long-term cohort study with over 10,000 participants. In 2005, Dr. Flynn was awarded an R36 dissertation grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to use the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study to examine preferences for health care decision making among older adults. Findings from this research have been published in Social Science and Medicine and the Journal of General Internal Medicine. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Duke Clinical Research Institute, Dr. Flynn trained under Kevin Weinfurt, gaining experience in the design and analysis of patient-reported outcomes in clinical trials.

Dr. Flynn's research interests include shared medical decision making; patient-provider relationships, including communication, trust, and technology; quality of medical care; patient-reported outcomes in clinical trials; and quantitative and qualitative methods in behavioral research.

Areas of Expertise: Health Measurement, Health Services Research, and Health Behavior

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Adjunct Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences · 2018 - Present Population Health Sciences, Basic Science Departments

Education, Training & Certifications

University of Wisconsin, Madison · 2005 Ph.D.