Dr. Riekert is a health psychologist and behavioral researcher. Dr. Riekert has been the Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on NIH and foundation-sponsored intervention trials focused on improving disease self-management and health outcomes in cystic fibrosis, asthma, hypertension, and chronic kidney disease.
She is the co-chair and Director of the Data Management Core for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Success with Therapies Research Consortium. This national consortium evaluates the efficacy of self-management interventions and how to best disseminate and implement interventions in clinical practice. Dr. Riekert’s areas of research interest are predictors of adherence in people with chronic illnesses, accurate measurement of disease self-management, incorporating the patient and family perspective to develop and evaluate culturally and developmentally appropriate measures and interventions, improving symptom burden (e.g., fatigue, mood, sleep), doctor-patient communication, reducing health care disparities, and implementation of interventions into clinical practice.
She is a previous American Thoracic Society Behavioral Science & Health Services Research Assembly Chair and Board of Directors Member. Dr. Riekert is an editor of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th editions of Handbook of Health Behavior Change and an Associate Editor of the Annals of the American Thoracic Society and the Journal of Cystic Fibrosis.
Dr. Riekert is committed to improving healthcare quality and delivery, particularly among underserved and disadvantaged populations.