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Lillian Christon Ph.D.

Lillian M Christon Ph.D.

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  • Assistant Professor
  • College of Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Academic Focus
  • Lifespan behavioral medicine (pediatric, adolescent, and adult patients)
  • Pre-surgical psychosocial evaluations (transplant surgery, bariatric surgery)
  • Quality of life and coping with chronic medical conditions
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Dr. Christon is a licensed psychologist and a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Division of Bio-Behavioral Medicine at MUSC. She completed her Ph.D. in clinical and developmental psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and her pre-doctoral internship at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, specializing in pediatric psychology. She completed postdoctoral fellowships in clinical psychology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a focus on adolescent and young adult mental health, and at MUSC with a focus in cardiovascular behavioral medicine clinical research.

Dr. Christon is active in patient care, training, and clinical research at MUSC. Clinically, Dr. Christon specializes in evidence-based assessment and therapeutic interventions for pediatric, adolescent, and adult patients with a range of chronic illnesses, pain, and health conditions. She enjoys working with patients on coping with chronic illness and associated medical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms, and partnering with patients to build and enhance personal resources so they may flourish in their lives. Dr. Christon is the psychologist and mental health coordinator for the pediatric and adult MUSC Cystic Fibrosis Center, and she works with patients across the lifespan both pre- and post- bariatric surgery and transplant surgery. Her research focuses broadly on identifying factors and developing interventions leading to optimal health, adjustment, and quality of life for individuals with chronic illnesses and medical conditions. In the Behavioral Medicine Clinic, she supervises post-doctoral fellows and pre-doctoral psychology residents of the Charleston Consortium Psychology Internship Training Program. Dr. Christon also engages in interprofessional education and direct-to-consumer telehealth efforts at MUSC.