Caitlin Gutheil, MS

Research Coordinator

Research Interests

  • Shared decision making
  • Uncertainty in health care
  • Qualitative research methods

Caitlin Gutheil serves as a Research Coordinator at CORE, with a focus on conducting qualitative studies and developing health communications. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Swarthmore College and a Master’s Degree from the Harvard School of Public Health where she was awarded the Charles F. Wilinsky Prize for Academic Excellence. She trained as a Leadership Development Fellow at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

Caitlin has over twenty years’ experience in health care delivery and research. Her prior positions include managing the development of wellness products at Health Dialog, overseeing the student health program at Bowdoin College, directing community-based cancer prevention studies at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, implementing marketing strategies and community relations programs at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and serving as a Research Associate on policy research at Harvard Medical School and pharmaceutical research at Medfield State Hospital.

Strout TD, Hillen M, Gutheil C, Anderson E, Hutchinson R, Ward H, Kay H, Mills GJ, Han PKJ. Tolerance of uncertainty: A systematic review of health and healthcare-related outcomes. Patient Educ Couns. 2018 Sep;101(9):1518-1537. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2018.03.030. Epub 2018 Apr 6. PMID: 29655876

Cairo SB, Craig W, Gutheil C, Han PKJ, Hyrkas K, Macken L, Whiting JF. Quantitative Analysis of Surgical Residency Reform: Using Case-Logs to Evaluate Resident Experience. J Surg Educ. 2018 Sep 5. pii: S1931-7204(17)30853-X. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2018.05.013. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 30195662

Hillen MA, Gutheil CM, Strout TD, Smets EMA, Han PKJ. Tolerance of uncertainty: conceptual analysis, integrative model, and implications for health care. Social Science and Medicine. 2017 Mar 14;180:62-75. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.03.024. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PMID: 28324792.

Han PKJ, Dieckmann NF, Holt C, Gutheil C, Peters E. Factors affecting physicians’ intentions to communicate personalized prognostic information to cancer patients at the end of life: An experimental vignette study. Med Decis Making. 2016 Aug;36(6):703-13. doi: 10.1177/0272989X16638321. Epub 2016

Blaisdell LL, Gutheil C, Hootsmans NAM, Han PKJ. Unknown risks: parental hesitation about vaccination. Med Decis Making. 2016 May;36(4):479-89. doi: 10.1177/0272989X15607855. Epub 2015 Oct 27. PMID: 26506958

Han PKJ, Williams AE, Haskins A, Gutheil C, Lucas FL, Klein WMP, Mazor KM. Individual differences in aversion to ambiguity regarding medical tests and treatments: association with cancer screening cognitions. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2014 Sep 25;23(12):2916-23.

Hallen S, Hootsmans N, Gutheil C, Blaisdell L, Han PKJ. Physicians’ perceptions of the value of prognostic models: the benefits and risks of prognostic confidence. Health Expectations. 2014 May 12. doi: 10.1111/hex.12196.

Han PK, Hootsmans N, Neilson M, Roy B, Kungel T, Gutheil C, Diefenbach M, Hansen M. The value of personalised risk information: a qualitative study of the perceptions of patients with prostate cancer. BMJ Open. 2013;3(9):e003226. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2013-003226.; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3773630.