Erin C. Dunn, ScD, MPH is a social and psychiatric epidemiologist and Instructor at the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit in the Center for Human Genetic Research at Massachusetts General Hospital. 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.