Kate Gunn

Kate Gunn

School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Dr Kate Gunn (previously Fennell) - TITLEHOLDER. Dr Gunn is a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Psychology at The University of Adelaide and works as a Research Fellow in the University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute and Department of Rural Health. She carries out both qualitative and quantitative research in psycho-oncology, rural health and rural mental health, and supervises student projects in these fields.

Dr Gunn's main research interests include addressing the psychosocial needs of rural people affected by cancer, rural help-seeking behaviour and online and telephone-based cancer support interventions. She is also interested in farmers' health and mental health, the application of behaviour change theory, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and the use of participatory action research methods.

In addition to her research role, Dr Gunn works one day per week as a clinical psychologist in private practice, assisting children, adolescents and adults with a broad range of mental health issues.

The impact of Dr Gunn's work has been recognized through the receipt of various awards, for example the Premier's/ Channel 9 Young Achiever of the Year Award (2013), a Churchill Fellowship (2018), a SA Tall Poppy Science Excellence Award (2017), the Rural, Regional and Remote Winnovation Award (2017), and via a commendation in the national Bupa Health Foundation Emerging Health Researcher of the Year Awards (2018).

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Fletcher, C., Flight, I., Gunn, K., Patterson, P., & Wilson, C. (2021). Comparative systematic review of the psychometric properties of measures of illness perceptions in family members of individuals diagnosed with a chronic physical illness. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 35(1), 3-19.
    DOI WoS1 Europe PMC1
    2021 Agarwal, V., Corsini, N., Eckert, M. C., Sharplin, G., Ramsey, I., Gunn, K., . . . Koczwara, B. (2021). A pilot study of population-based, patient-reported outcome collection in cancer survivors. Supportive Care in Cancer, 29(8), 4239-4247.
    DOI
    2021 Gunn, K. M., Skrabal Ross, X., McLoughlin, M., McDonald, S., & Olver, I. (2021). The psychosocial experiences and supportive care preferences of organ transplant recipients and their carers who live in regional Australia. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 29(1), 92-105.
    DOI WoS1 Europe PMC1
    2021 van der Kruk, S. R., Gunn, K. M., Mesters, I., Lynch, B. M., Vallance, J. K., & Boyle, T. (2021). Associations between baseline demographic, clinical and lifestyle factors, and changes in fatigue, depression, and health-related quality of life in long-term cancer survivors: a cohort study. Supportive Care in Cancer, 29(8), 4711-4722.
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    2021 Gunn, K. M., Turnbull, D. A., Dollman, J., Kettler, L., Bamford, L., & Vincent, A. D. (2021). Why are some drought-affected farmers less distressed than others? The association between stress, psychological distress, acceptance, behavioural disengagement and neuroticism.. Aust J Rural Health, 29(1), 106-116.
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    2021 Skrabal Ross, X., Gunn, K. M., & Olver, I. (2021). Understanding the strategies rural cancer patients and survivors use to manage financial toxicity and the broader implications on their lives. Supportive Care in Cancer, 29(9), 5487-5496.
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    2021 Gunn, K. M., Olver, I., Skrabal Ross, X., Harrison, N., Livingston, P. M., & Wilson, C. (2021). Improving Survivors’ Quality of Life Post-Treatment: The Perspectives of Rural Australian Cancer Survivors and Their Carers. Cancers, 13(7), 1600.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2 Europe PMC2
    2021 Dollman, J., Gunn, K. M., & Hull, M. J. (2021). Sociodemographic Predictors of Attitudes to Support Seeking From a Medical Doctor or Other Health Provider Among Rural Australians. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 28(5), 616-626.
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    2021 Kennedy, A., Cosgrave, C., Macdonald, J., Gunn, K., Dietrich, T., & Brumby, S. (2021). Translating Co-Design from Face-to-Face to Online: An Australian Primary Producer Project Conducted during COVID-19. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(8), 4147.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1 Europe PMC1
    2021 Walsh, S., Jones, M., Gray, R. J., Gillam, M., Gunn, K. M., Barker, T., . . . Moseley, G. L. (2021). Use of behavioural activation to manage pain: A scoping review protocol. BMJ Open, 11(6), e041036.
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    2021 Gunn, K. M., Barrett, A., Hughes-Barton, D., Turnbull, D., Short, C. E., Brumby, S., . . . Dollman, J. (2021). What farmers want from mental health and wellbeing-focused websites and online interventions. Journal of Rural Studies, 86, 298-308.
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    2021 van der Kruk, S. R., Butow, P., Mesters, I., Boyle, T., Olver, I., White, K., . . . Gunn, K. M. (2021). Psychosocial well-being and supportive care needs of cancer patients and survivors living in rural or regional areas: a systematic review from 2010 to 2021. Supportive Care in Cancer, 44 pages.
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    2020 Skrabal Ross, X., Gunn, K. M., Suppiah, V., Patterson, P., & Olver, I. (2020). A review of factors influencing non-adherence to oral antineoplastic drugs. Support Care Cancer, 28(9), 4043-4050.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS8 Europe PMC4
    2020 Gunn, K. M., Berry, N. M., Meng, X., Wilson, C. J., Dollman, J., Woodman, R. J., . . . Koczwara, B. (2020). Differences in the health, mental health and health-promoting behaviours of rural versus urban cancer survivors in Australia. Supportive Care in Cancer, 28(2), 633-643.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS7 Europe PMC6
    2020 Harrison, N. J., Gunn, K. M., & Wilson, C. J. (2020). Can targeting information on cancer-related psychosocial services by male gender and rurality improve attitude to service use in this difficult-to-engage population?. Psycho-Oncology, 29(12), 2075-2083.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2020 Gunn, K. M., Ross, X. S., & Olver, I. (2020). Optimizing Rural People’s Access to Relevant Cancer Education and Support Using Peer-Led YouTube Films. Journal of Cancer Education, 10 pages.
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    2019 Fletcher, C., Wilson, C., Flight, I., Gunn, K., & Patterson, P. (2019). Illness Cognitions Among Adolescents and Young Adults Who Have a Parent with Cancer: a Qualitative Exploration Using the Common-Sense Model of Self-regulation as a Framework. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 26(5), 531-541.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS1 Europe PMC1
    2019 Skrabal Ross, X., Gunn, K. M., Olver, I., Willems, R. A., Lechner, L., Mesters, I., & Bolman, C. A. W. (2019). Online psychosocial interventions for posttreatment cancer survivors: an international evidence review and update.. Curr Opin Support Palliat Care, 14(1), 40-50.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS5 Europe PMC4
    2019 Willems, R. A., Bolman, C. A. W., Lechner, L., Mesters, I., Gunn, K. M., Ross, X. S., & Olver, I. (2019). Online interventions aimed at reducing psychological distress in cancer patients: evidence update and suggestions for future directions.. Current opinion in supportive and palliative care, 14(1), 27-39.
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    2019 Ross, X. S., Gunn, K. M., Patterson, P., & Olver, I. (2019). Development of a smartphone program to support adherence to oral chemotherapy in people with cancer. Patient Preference and Adherence, 13, 2207-2215.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2019 Richards-Jones, S., Mihalopoulos, C., Heckel, L., Gunn, K. M., Tan, M., & Livingston, P. M. (2019). An economic evaluation of a telephone outcall intervention for informal carers of cancer patients in Australia: an assessment of costs and quality-adjusted-life-years. Psycho-Oncology, 28(3), 525-532.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS4 Europe PMC2
    2019 Heathcote, L. C., Allen, J. M., Gunn, K. M., Fox, S., Harvie, D. S., Olver, I., . . . Moseley, G. L. (2019). Pain Education for Adolescents and Young Adults Living Beyond Cancer: An Interdisciplinary Meeting Report. JOURNAL OF ADOLESCENT AND YOUNG ADULT ONCOLOGY, 8(5), 5 pages.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2 Europe PMC1
    2019 Fennell, K. M., Bamford, L., Olver, I., & Wilson, C. J. (2019). Good training, systems and funding, not good luck: what hematologists and oncologists believe would make it easier for them to refer their cancer patients to psychosocial care.. Translational behavioral medicine, 9(1), 139-146.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2
    2018 Heckel, L., Fennell, K., Reynolds, J., Boltong, A., Botti, M., Osborne, R., . . . Livingston, P. (2018). Efficacy of a telephone outcall program to reduce caregiver burden among caregivers of cancer patients [PROTECT]: a randomised controlled trial. BMC Cancer, 18(1), 59-1-59-13.
    DOI Scopus23 WoS22 Europe PMC11
    2018 Ross, X. S., Gunn, K. M., Patterson, P., & Olver, I. (2018). Mobile-based oral chemotherapy adherence–enhancing interventions: Scoping review. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 6(12), 11 pages.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS4 Europe PMC2
    2018 Heckel, L., Gunn, K. M., & Livingston, P. M. (2018). The challenges of recruiting cancer patient/caregiver dyads: informing randomized controlled trials. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 18(1), 146-1-146-10.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS4 Europe PMC2
    2018 Fennell, K. M., Hull, M., Jones, M., & Dollman, J. (2018). A comparison of barriers to accessing services for mental and physical health conditions in a sample of rural Australian adults. Rural and Remote Health, 18(1), 4155-1-4155-12.
    DOI Scopus16 WoS12 Europe PMC6
    2018 Heckel, L., Fennell, K., Orellana, L., Boltong, A., Byrnes, M., & Livingston, P. (2018). A telephone outcall program to support caregivers of people diagnosed with cancer: utility, changes in levels of distress, and unmet needs. Supportive Care in Cancer, 26(11), 3789-3799.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS4 Europe PMC4
    2017 Fennell, K. M., Turnbull, D. A., Bidargaddi, N., Mcwha, J. L., Davies, M., & Olver, I. (2017). The consumer-driven development and acceptability testing of a website designed to connect rural cancer patients and their families, carers and health professionals with appropriate information and psychosocial support. European Journal of Cancer Care, 26(5), 1-15.
    DOI Scopus14 WoS13 Europe PMC5
    2017 Fletcher, C., Flight, I., Chapman, J., Fennell, K., & Wilson, C. (2017). The information needs of adult cancer survivors across the cancer continuum: A scoping review. Patient Education and Counseling, 100(3), 383-410.
    DOI Scopus61 WoS57 Europe PMC27
    2017 Linehan, K., Fennell, K. M., Hughes, D. L., & Wilson, C. J. (2017). Use of the Distress Thermometer in a cancer helpline context: Can it detect changes in distress, is it acceptable to nurses and callers, and do high scores lead to internal referrals?. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 26, 49-55.
    DOI Scopus14 WoS14 Europe PMC9
    2017 Fennell, K., Martin, K., Wilson, C., Trenerry, C., Sharplin, G., & Dollman, J. (2017). Barriers to seeking help for skin cancer detection in Rural Australia. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 6(2), 19-1-19-13.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS9 Europe PMC1
    2017 Heckel, L., Fennell, K. M., Mohebbi, M., Byrnes, M., & Livingston, P. M. (2017). Demographic characteristics, call details and psychosocial support needs of the family/friends of someone diagnosed with cancer who access Australian Cancer Council telephone information and support services. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 28, 86-91.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS8 Europe PMC5
    2017 Hull, M., Fennell, K., Vallury, K., Jones, M., & Dollman, J. (2017). A comparison of barriers to mental health support-seeking among farming and non-farming adults in rural South Australia. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 25(6), 347-353.
    DOI Scopus25 WoS26 Europe PMC10
    2017 Garrard, E. D., Fennell, K. M., & Wilson, C. (2017). ‘We’re completely back to normal, but I’d say it’s a new normal’: a qualitative exploration of adaptive functioning in rural families following a parental cancer diagnosis. Supportive Care in Cancer, 25(11), 3561-3568.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS5 Europe PMC3
    2017 Abstracts of the 2017 World Congress of Psycho-Oncology, 14-18 August 2017, Berlin, Germany. (2017). Psycho-oncology, 26 Suppl 3, 3-167.
    DOI Europe PMC1
    2016 Short, C., Hayman, M., Rebar, A., Gunn, K., De Cocker, K., Duncan, M., . . . Vandelanotte, C. (2016). Physical activity recommendations from general practitioners in Australia. Results from a national survey. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 40(1), 83-90.
    DOI Scopus25 WoS23 Europe PMC16
    2016 Fennell, K., Jarrett, C., Kettler, L., Dollman, J., & Turnbull, D. (2016). "Watching the bank balance build up then blow away and the rain clouds do the same": A thematic analysis of South Australian farmers' sources of stress during drought. Journal of Rural Studies, 46, 102-110.
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    2016 Fennell, K. M., Heckel, L., Wilson, C., Byrnes, M., & Livingston, P. M. (2016). How calls from carers, friends and family members of someone affected by cancer differ from those made by people diagnosed with cancer; analysis of 4 years of South Australian Cancer Council Helpline data. Supportive Care in Cancer, 24(6), 2611-2618.
    DOI Scopus17 WoS15 Europe PMC7
    2016 Fennell, K. (2016). Call of duty: an exploration of the factors influencing NHS professionals to report adult protection concerns. Journal of Adult Protection, 18(3), 161-171.
    DOI Scopus1
    2016 Jarvis, A., Fennell, K., & Cosgrove, A. (2016). Are adults in need of support and protection being identified in emergency departments?. Journal of Adult Protection, 18(1), 3-13.
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    2015 Heckel, L., Fennell, K., Reynolds, J., Osborne, R., Chirgwin, J., Botti, M., . . . Livingston, P. (2015). Unmet needs and depression among carers of people newly diagnosed with cancer. European Journal of Cancer, 51(14), 2049-2057.
    DOI Scopus47 WoS48 Europe PMC33
    2015 Heckel, L., Fennell, K. M., Botti, M., Reynolds, J., Chirgwin, J., Ashley, D. M., . . . Livingston, P. M. (2015). ACCEPTABILITY AND UTILITY OF A TELEPHONE OUTCALL PROGRAM FOR CARERS OF PERSONS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 11, 156.
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    2014 Livingston, P., Osborne, R., Botti, M., Mihalopoulos, C., McGuigan, S., Heckel, L., . . . Williams, M. (2014). Efficacy and cost-effectiveness of an outcall program to reduce carer burden and depression among carers of cancer patients [PROTECT]: rationale and design of a randomized controlled trial. BMC Health Services Research, 14(1), 5-1-5-8.
    DOI Scopus19 WoS20 Europe PMC13
    2013 Gunn, K., Turnbull, D., McWha, J., Davies, M., & Olver, I. (2013). Psychosocial service use: a qualitative exploration from the perspective of rural Australian cancer patients. Supportive Care in Cancer, 21(9), 2547-2555.
    DOI Scopus30 WoS29 Europe PMC15
    2012 Gunn, K., Kettler, L., Skaczkowski, G., & Turnbull, D. (2012). Farmers' stress and coping in a time of drought. Rural and Remote Health, 12(4), 1-16.
    Scopus21 WoS21 Europe PMC4
    2006 Callen, J. L., Fennell, K., & McIntosh, J. H. (2006). Attitudes to, and use of, evidence-based medicine in two Sydney divisions of general practice. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 12(1), 40-46.
    DOI Scopus7
    Skrabal Ross, X., Gunn, K. M., Patterson, P., & Olver, I. (n.d.). Mobile-Based Oral Chemotherapy Adherence–Enhancing Interventions: Scoping Review (Preprint).
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  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2018 Fennell, K. M., Ross, X. S., & Olver, I. (2018). Rural cancer stories: The power of online, video-based, peer-directed information and support. In ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY Vol. 14 (pp. 134). WILEY.
    2018 Fennell, K. M. (2018). Improving outcomes for rural cancer survivors in Australia: New research questions from an International Churchill Fellowship. In ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY Vol. 14 (pp. 112). WILEY.
  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2019 Ross, X. S., Gunn, K. M., Patterson, P., & Olver, I. (2019). Development and proof-of-concept trial of a smartphone-based program to support oral chemotherapy adherence in young and adult cancer patients. Poster session presented at the meeting of ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY. WILEY.
    2019 Gunn, K. M. (2019). Improving outcomes for rural cancer survivors: Reflections from a Churchill Fellowship. Poster session presented at the meeting of ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY. WILEY.
    2017 Newman, L., Wilson, C., Harrison, N., Browne-Yung, K., & Fennell, K. (2017). E-health use and non-use among "disadvantaged" mothers in Australia: Implications for cancer care. Poster session presented at the meeting of PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY. WILEY.
    2017 Fletcher, C., Wilson, C., Flight, I., Fennell, K., & Patterson, P. (2017). An exploration of cancer-related beliefs and perceptions in adolescents and young adults who have a parent with cancer. Poster session presented at the meeting of PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY. WILEY.
    2017 Flight, I., Harrison, N., Koczwara, B., Bull, J., Christensen, C., Chapman, J., . . . Wilson, C. (2017). Identifying information needs post-diagnosis for oesophageal and gastric cancer survivors and their main supporters: An exploratory survey study. Poster session presented at the meeting of PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY. WILEY.
    2017 Heckel, L., Fennell, K., Reynolds, J., Boltong, A., Byrnes, M., & Livingston, P. (2017). A telephone outcall program to support caregivers of persons diagnosed with cancer: Acceptability, changes in levels of distress, and supportive care needs.. Poster session presented at the meeting of PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY. WILEY.
    2017 Harrison, N., Trenerry, C., Hull, M., Dollman, J., & Fennell, K. (2017). Self-report measures of help-seeking barriers in the context of cancer: A systematic review. Poster session presented at the meeting of PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY. WILEY.
    2016 Fennell, K., Bamford, L., Olver, I., & Wilson, C. (2016). Good systems not good luck: what oncologists and haematologists believe would make it easier for them to refer their patients to psychosocial care. Poster session presented at the meeting of PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY. WILEY-BLACKWELL.
    2016 Fennell, K., Over, I., Livingston, P. M., & Wilson, C. (2016). The supportive care needs and intervention preferences of rural cancer survivors who have completed active treatment. Poster session presented at the meeting of PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY. WILEY-BLACKWELL.
    2016 Harrison, N., Fennell, K., & Wilson, C. (2016). "Ways we can help men like you": Developing and testing targeted psychosocial service information for rural men affected by cancer in South Australia. Poster session presented at the meeting of PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY. WILEY-BLACKWELL.
    2016 Fennell, K., Meng, R., Berry, N., Wilson, C., Dollman, J., Clark, R., . . . Koczwara, B. (2016). Understanding the urban-rural health divide: a comparison of self-reported physical health, mental health and participation in health-promoting behaviours, between rural and urban Australian cancer survivors. Poster session presented at the meeting of PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY. WILEY-BLACKWELL.
    2016 Fennell, K., Bamford, L., Vincent, A., Dollman, J., & Turnbull, D. (2016). FARMERS' COPING DURING DROUGHT: WHICH STATEGIES ARE ASSOCIATED WITH LOW LEVELS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS?. Poster session presented at the meeting of INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE. SPRINGER.
    2016 Fennell, K., Martin, K., Wilson, C., Trenerry, C., Sharplin, G., & Dollman, J. (2016). CONTEXTUAL AND ATTITUDINAL BARRIERS TO HELP-SEEKING FOR SKIN CANCER DETECTION IN RURAL SOUTH AUSTRALIA. Poster session presented at the meeting of INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE. SPRINGER.
    2016 Heckel, L., Fennell, K., Botti, M., Reynolds, J., Chirgwin, J., Ashely, D., . . . Livingston, P. (2016). ACCEPTABILITY AND UTILITY OF A TELEPHONE OUTCALL PROGRAM FOR CARERS OF PERSONS WITH CANCER. Poster session presented at the meeting of INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE. SPRINGER.
    2015 Heckel, L., Fennell, K. M., Reynolds, J., Ashley, D. M., Botti, M., Chirgwin, J., . . . Livingston, P. M. (2015). RECRUITMENT OF CARER/PERSON WITH CANCER DYADS INTO A RANDOMISED CONTROLLED TRIAL: FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH NON-PARTICIPATION AND REASONS FOR DECLINE. Poster session presented at the meeting of Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology. WILEY-BLACKWELL.
    2014 Heckel, L., Gunn, K. M., Mohebbi, M., & Livingston, P. M. (2014). DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS, INFORMATION AND PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT NEEDS OF CARERS WHO ACCESSED AUSTRALIAN CANCER COUNCIL HELPLINES FROM JANUARY 2010-DECEMBER 2012. Poster session presented at the meeting of ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY. WILEY-BLACKWELL.

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