Dr. Flynn was trained in sociology and population health sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship on patient-reported outcomes at the Duke Clinical Research Institute. She is a member of MCW's Cancer Center’s Prevention, Control, & Population Sciences program and adjunct assistant professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine.
Dr. Flynn's research focuses on the development and analysis of patient-reported outcome measures. She is a co-investigator in the PROMIS Network, an NIH Roadmap initiative designed to create standardized, sensitive measures of patient-reported outcomes for clinical research. She is chair of the PROMIS Sexual Function domain group, which leads the development of the PROMIS Sexual Function and Satisfaction measure. Dr. Flynn serves on the steering committee of the Scientific Network on Female Sexual Health and Cancer. She is a co-investigator in the self-reported measures workgroup for NIDDK's Symptoms of Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction Research Network (LURN). Finally, she is a co-investigator in the patient-reported outcomes workgroup for the NIH's Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory for rethinking clinical trials.
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 previous 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 for couples seeking care for fertility problems.
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