Kristin Alyce Riekert, Ph.D.

  • Director, The Johns Hopkins Adherence Research Center
  • Professor of Medicine

Research Interests

Adolescent and young adult health; Health beliefs; Doctor-patient communication; Treatment adherence; Communication and adherence in inner-city children; Cystic fibrosis self-management among teens and adults more


Dr. Riekert is a health psychologist and behavioral researcher. Dr. Riekert has been Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on NIH and foundation sponsored trials that evaluate the efficacy of various behavior change interventions, including motivational interviewing, problem solving, and doctor-patient communication to improve illness self-management in cystic fibrosis, asthma, chronic kidney disease, hypertension and sickle cell disease.

She is the co-Chair and PI of the Data Management Center of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation funded Success with Therapies Research Consortium. Dr. Riekert’s primary areas of research expertise are: measurement of adherence, mHealth, development of adherence interventions, qualitative research methodology, incorporating the patient perspective into intervention design, doctor-patient communication, and implementation of interventions into real world 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.

Dr. Riekert is committed to improving healthcare quality and delivery, particularly among underserved and disadvantaged populations. more


  • Director, The Johns Hopkins Adherence Research Center
  • Director, Cystic Fibrosis Adherence Program
  • Professor of Medicine

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes



  • Ph.D.; Case Western Reserve University (Ohio) (2000)
  • B.S.; Duke University (North Carolina) (1993)

Additional Training

  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Cronly JA, Duff AJ, Riekert KA, Fitzgerald AP, Perry IJ, Lehane EA, Horgan A, Howe BA, Chroinin MN, Savage E. Health-Related Quality of Life in Adolescents and Adults with Cystic Fibrosis: Physical and Mental Health Predictors. Respiratory Care. (In Press). 2019 Apr;64(4):406-415

Ruvalcaba E, Chung S, Rand C, Riekert KA, Eakin M. Evaluating the Implementation of a Multi-Component Asthma Education Program for Head Start Staff. J Asthma. (In Press). 2019; 56(2):218-226

Jones MR, Frey S, Riekert K, Fagnano M, Halterman JS. Transition Readiness for Talking with Providers in Urban Youth with Asthma: Associations with Medication Management. J Adolesc Health. (In Press). 2019 Feb;64(2):265-271

Pruette CS, Coburn SS, Eaton CK, Brady TM, Tuchman S, Mendley S, Fivush BA, Eakin MN, Riekert KA. Does a Multimethod Approach Improve Identification of Medication Nonadherence in Adolescents With Chronic Kidney Disease? Pediatric Nephrology. (In Press). 2019 Jan;34(1):97-105

Eaton CK, Eakin MN, Coburn S, Pruette C, Brady T, Fivush B, Mendley S, Tuchman S, Riekert KA. Patient health beliefs and characteristics predict longitudinal antihypertensive medication adherence in adolescents with CKD. J Pediatr Psychol. (In Press). 2019 Jan 1;44(1):40-51

Contact for Research Inquiries

Email me Phone: 410-550-7755

Activities & Honors


  • American Thoracic Society Early Career Achievement Award, Behavioral Science and Health Services Research Assembly of the American Thoracic Society, 2009
  • Highlighted Abstract, American Thoracic Society 99th International Conference, 2003
  • The Frederick L. Brancati Excellence in Mentoring Award, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 2017
  • American Thoracic Society Lifetime Achievement Award, Behavioral Science and Health Services Research Assembly of the American Thoracic Society, 2017

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