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Lillian Christon PhD

Lillian M Christon PhD

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  • Associate 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
  • Pre-surgical psychosocial evaluations; Evidence-based screening and assessment
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Dr. Lily Christon (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a licensed psychologist and faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Division of Bio-Behavioral Medicine at MUSC. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology and Developmental Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University and completed an APA-accredited internship in Clinical Psychology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) School of Medicine in Clinical Child/Adolescent and Pediatric Psychology. She joined the MUSC faculty following 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 as a health psychologist at MUSC. Clinically, she specializes in evidence-based assessment, consultation, and therapeutic interventions for individuals with chronic health conditions. 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. In the Behavioral Medicine Clinic, she provides assessment and treatment services for patients across the lifespan before and after major surgeries (e.g., solid organ transplant, metabolic and bariatric). She enjoys working with patients on optimizing wellbeing, coping with their medical conditions and accompanying physical/emotional/behavioral symptoms, and partnering with them to enhance personal strengths so they may flourish in their lives. Her research focuses broadly on studying the enhancement of health, adjustment, and quality of life for individuals with chronic medical conditions. In the Behavioral Medicine Clinic, she is an attending psychologist and supervises post-doctoral fellows, and also supervises pre-doctoral psychology interns through the Charleston Consortium Psychology Internship Training Program. Dr. Christon also participates in interprofessional education at MUSC.