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Lillian Christon PhD

Lillian M Christon PhD

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  • Assistant Professor
  • College of Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Academic Focus
  • Lifespan behavioral medicine (pediatric, adolescent, adult)
  • Quality of life improvement and coping with chronic medical conditions
  • Evidence-based screening and assessment; Pre-surgical psychosocial evaluations
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Dr. Christon is a licensed psychologist and faculty member in the Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Division of Bio-Behavioral Medicine at MUSC. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology, with a dual focus in Developmental Psychology, at Virginia Commonwealth University. She completed an APA-accredited internship in Clinical Psychology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) School of Medicine, specializing in Clinical Child/Adolescent and Pediatric Psychology. She joined the faculty at MUSC after completing postdoctoral fellowships in Clinical Psychology at UNC-CH and in Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine Clinical Research at MUSC.


Dr. Christon is active in patient care, clinical research, and education at MUSC. Clinically, she specializes in evidence-based assessment and therapeutic interventions for patients with chronic medical conditions. She enjoys working with patients on optimizing coping with their illness and the associated medical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms, and partnering with them to build and enhance personal resources so they may flourish in their lives. Dr. Christon is the psychologist for the MUSC Cystic Fibrosis Center and the MUSC Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) Program and is active in integrated clinical care and research in these programs. She also provides services for patients across the lifespan pre- and post-surgery (e.g., solid organ transplant, metabolic and bariatric). Her research focuses broadly on studying the enhancement of health, adjustment, and quality of life for individuals with chronic medical conditions through identification of protective factors, evidence-based screening and assessment, and intervention. In the Behavioral Medicine Clinic, she is an attending psychologist and supervises post-doctoral fellows and pre-doctoral psychology residents of the Charleston Consortium Psychology Internship Training Program, also serving as a research preceptor. Dr. Christon also engages in interprofessional education and direct-to-consumer telehealth efforts at MUSC.