Psychiatric & Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit

The mission of PNGU is to identify and characterize the genetic basis of psychiatric, behavioral, and neurodevelopmental disorders and to translate these discoveries to improvements in clinical care and public health.

 

NAME Erin C. Dunn, ScD, MPH Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit
Center for Human Genetic Research
Massachusetts General Hospital
Richard B. Simches Research Center
185 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-726-9387
Email: erindunn@pngu.mgh.harvard.edu

 

Erin C. Dunn, ScD, MPH is a social and psychiatric epidemiologist and Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit in the Center for Human Genetic Research at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her primary mentors are Jordan Smoller, MD, ScD, and Jonathan Rosand MD, MPH. Dr. Dunn is also affiliated with the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Dunn’s research is centered on using interdisciplinary approaches to better understand the etiology of depression in women, children, and adolescents. To this work, she brings a multilevel or “cells to society” approach, focusing on the independent effect of social determinants (e.g., exposure to child abuse and neglect, school and neighborhood factors) and the joint effect of genetic and social determinants (e.g., gene-by-social environment interplay). Her most recent work is examining a developmentally informed model of gene-environment interplay (GxE), whereby the role of exposure to adversity is hypothesized to exert a strong effect during sensitive periods in development.

Dr. Dunn earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Elementary Education from Northeastern University in 2001. She also holds a Master of Public Health degree from the Boston University School of Public Health. In 2011, she earned a Doctor of Science degree from the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her doctoral advisor was Karestan C. Koenen, PhD. Her work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (NARSAD).

Publications:

See a list of Dr. Dunn'  s publications in PubMed

  1. Dunn, E.C., Solovieff, N., Lowe, S. R., Gallagher, P. J., Chaponis, J., Rosand, J., Koenen, K.C., Waters, M., Rhodes, J., & Smoller, J. W.  (ePub ahead of print).  Interaction between genetic variants and exposure to Hurricane Katrina on post-traumatic stress and post-traumatic growth: A prospective analysis of low income adults.  Journal of Affective Disorders.
  2. Green, J.G., Johnson, R.M., Dunn, E.C., Lindsey, M.A., Xuan, Z., & Zaslavsky, A.M. (in press).  Mental health service use among high school students exposed to interpersonal violence.  Journal of School Health.
  3. Dunn, E.C., McLaughlin, K.A., Slopen, N., Rosand, J., & Smoller, J.W.  (2013).  Developmental timing of child maltreatment and symptoms of depression and suicidal ideation in young adulthood: Results from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.  Depression and Anxiety, 30, 955-964.  
  4. Slopen, N., McLaughlin, K.A., Dunn, E.C., & Koenen, K.C. (2013). Childhood adversity and cell-mediated immunity in young adulthood: Does types and timing matter? Brain, Behavior, and Immunity 38, 63-71. PMID: 23108062
  5. Duncan, D.T., Piras, G., Dunn, E.C., Johnson, R.M., Melly, S.J., & Molnar, B.E. (2013). The built environment and depressive symptoms among urban youth: A spatial regression study. Spatial and Spatio-Temporal Epidemiology, 5, 11-25
  6. Theall, K.P., Brett, Z.H., Shirtcliff, E.A., Dunn, E.C., & Drury, S.S. (2013). Neighborhood disorder and telomeres: Connecting children’s exposure to community level stress and cellular response. Social Science and Medicine, 85, 50-58.
  7. Dunn, E.C., Gilman, S., Slopen, N.B., Willett, J.B. & Molnar, B.E. (2012). The impact of exposure to interpersonal violence on gender differences in adolescent-onset major depression. Depression and Anxiety, 29, 392-399. PMID: 22447513
  8. Dunn, E.C., Johnson, R.M, & Green, J. G. (2012). The modified depression scale (MDS): A brief, no-cost tool to estimate the level of depressive symptoms in students and schools. School Mental Health, 4 (1), 34-45. PMID: 22639697
  9. Tendulkar, S.A, Koenen, K.C., Dunn, E.C., Buka, S., & Subramanian, S.V. (2012). Neighborhood influences on perceived social support among parents: Findings from the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods. Plos One, 9 (4), e34235. PMID: 22493683
  10. Dunn, E.C., Uddin, M., Subramanian, S.V., Smoller, J.W., Galea, S., & Koenen, K.C. (2011). Gene environment (GxE) interaction research in youth depression: A systematic review with recommendations for future research. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 52 (12), 1223-1238. PMID: 21954964
  11. Johnson, R.M., Kidd, J.D., Dunn, E.C., Green, J.G., Corliss, H.L, & Bowen, D. (2011). Associations between caregiver support, bully victimization, and depressive symptomatology among sexual minority and heterosexual girls: Results from the 2008 Boston Youth Survey. Journal of School Violence, 10 (2), 185-200. PMID: 22707917
  12. Green, J.G., Dunn, E.C., Johnson, R.M., & Molnar, B.E. (2011). A multi-level investigation of the association between school context and adolescent non-physical bully victimization. Journal of School Violence, 10 (2), 133-149. PMID: 21532943
  13. Dunn, E.C., Wewiorski, N.J., & Rogers, E.S. (2010). A qualitative investigation of individual and contextual factors associated with vocational recovery among people with serious mental illness. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 80 (2), 185-194. PMID: 20553512
  14. McLaughlin, K.A., Kubzansky, L., Dunn, E.C., Waldinger, R., Vaillant, G., & Koenen, K.C. (2010). Developmental origins of emotional reactivity to stress and life course associations with mood and anxiety disorders. Depression and Anxiety, 27, 1087-1094.
  15. Tendulkar, S.A, Buka, S., Dunn, E.C., Subramanian, S.V., & Koenen, K.C. (2010). A multi-level investigation of neighborhood effects on parental warmth. Journal of Community Psychology, 38 (5), 557-573.
  16. Azrael, D., Johnson, R.M., Molnar, B.E., Vriniotis, M., Dunn, E.C., Duncan, D.T., & Hemenway, D. (2009). Creating a youth violence data system for Boston, Massachusetts. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 42 (3), 406-421.
  17. McCorkle, B.M., Dunn, E.C., Wan, Y.M., & Gagne, C. (2009). Compeer Friends: A qualitative study of a volunteer friendship programme for people with serious mental illness. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 55 (4), 291-305. PMID: 19553360
  18. McCorkle, B.M., Rogers, E.S., Dunn, E.C., Wan, Y.M., & Lyass, A. (2008). Increasing social support for individuals with serious mental illness: Evaluating the Compeer model of intentional friendship. Community Mental Health Journal, 44 (5), 359–366. PMID: 18481176
  19. Dunn, E.C., Rogers, E.S., Hutchinson, D.S., Lyass, A., MacDonald Wilson, K.L., Wallace, L.R., & Furlong-Norman, K. (2008). Results of an innovative university-based recovery education program for adults with psychiatric disabilities. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 35 (5), 357-369. PMID: 18553131
  20. Dunn, E.C., Wewiorski, N.J., & Rogers, E.S. (2008). The meaning and importance of employment to people in recovery from serious mental illness: Results of a qualitative study. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 32 (1), 59-62. PMID: 18614451
  21. Ellison, M.L., & Dunn, E.C. (2006). Empowering and demedicalized case management practices: Perspectives of mental health consumer leaders and professionals. Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation, 5 (2), 1-17.
  22. Hutchinson, D.S., Anthony, W.A, Ashcroft, L., Johnson, E., Dunn, E.C., Lyass, A, & Rogers, E.S. (2006). The personal and vocational impact of training and employing people with psychiatric disabilities as providers. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal 29, (3) 205-213. PMID: 16450932
  23. Webster, D., & Dunn, E.C. (2005). Feminist perspectives on trauma. Women and Therapy, 28 (3/4), 111-142

 

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