Associate Professor
Dept of Clinical Pharmacy
Associate Professor
Dean-College of Pharmacy

MEMPHIS TN 381632198
Tel: (901) 448-7141


  • Ph.D., University of Georgia, Social Work
  • M.A., University of Chicago, Social Service Administration
  • B.A., American University, Justice

Research Description

Dr. Christina A. Spivey, PhD, LMSW, is  an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy of the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy and a member of the UTHSC Institute of Health Outcomes and Policy. She has more than 30 publications (peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters) spanning such fields as social work, geriatrics, public health, pharmacy, and transplantation. She had served as Co-Investigator on competitive extramural grants from multiple funding agencies including the National Institutes of Health, foundations, and industry.


Research Interest/Specialty

 Medication adherence; healthcare access


  1. Spivey, CA, Chisholm-Burns, MA, Garrett, C, Duke, KM. Serving underserved transplant recipients: experience of the Medication Access Program. Patient Prefer Adherence, 8, 613-9, 2014.
  2. Spivey, CA, Chisholm-Burns, MA, Damadzadeh, B, Billheimer, D. Determining the effect of immunosuppressant adherence on graft failure risk among renal transplant recipients. Clin Transplant, 28 (1), 96-104, 2014.
  3. Chisholm-Burns, MA, Spivey, CA, Graff Zivin, J, Lee, JK, Sredzinski, E, Tolley, EA. Improving outcomes of renal transplant recipients with behavioral adherence contracts: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Transplant, 13 (9), 2364-73, 2013.
  4. Chisholm-Burns, MA, Spivey, CA, Sredzinski, E, Butler, SL. Intervention toolbox to promote immunosuppressant therapy adherence in adult renal transplant recipients. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003), 52 (6), 816-22, 2012.
  5. Chisholm-Burns, MA, Spivey, CA. The 'cost' of medication nonadherence: consequences we cannot afford to accept. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003), 52 (6), 823-6, 2012.
  6. Chisholm-Burns, MA, Spivey, C, Martin, JR, Wyles, C, Ehrman, C, Schlesselman, LS. A 5-year analysis of peer-reviewed journal article publications of pharmacy practice faculty members. Am J Pharm Educ, 76 (7), 127, 2012.
  7. Chisholm-Burns, MA, Spivey, CA, Billheimer, D, Schlesselman, LS, Flowers, SK, Hammer, D, Engle, JP, Nappi, JM, Pasko, MT, Ross, LA, Sorofman, B, Rodrigues, HA, Vaillancourt, AM. Multi-institutional study of women and underrepresented minority faculty members in academic pharmacy. Am J Pharm Educ, 76 (1), 7, 2012.
  8. Chisholm-Burns, MA, Erickson, SR, Spivey, CA, Gruessner, RW, Kaplan, B. Concurrent validity of kidney transplant questionnaire in US renal transplant recipients. Patient Prefer Adherence, 5, 517-22, 2011.
  9. Chisholm-Burns, MA, Erickson, SR, Spivey, CA, Kaplan, B. Health-related quality of life and employment among renal transplant recipients. Clin Transplant, 26 (3), 411-7, 2011.
  10. Chisholm-Burns, MA, Graff Zivin, JS, Lee, JK, Spivey, CA, Slack, M, Herrier, RN, Hall-Lipsy, E, Abraham, I, Palmer, J. Economic effects of pharmacists on health outcomes in the United States: A systematic review. Am J Health Syst Pharm, 67 (19), 1624-34, 2010.
  11. Chisholm-Burns, MA, Kim Lee, J, Spivey, CA, Slack, M, Herrier, RN, Hall-Lipsy, E, Graff Zivin, J, Abraham, I, Palmer, J, Martin, JR, Kramer, SS, Wunz, T. US pharmacists' effect as team members on patient care: systematic review and meta-analyses. Med Care, 48 (10), 923-33, 2010.
  12. Wilks, SE, Spivey, CA, Chisholm-Burns, MA. Psychometric re-evaluation of the immunosuppressant therapy adherence scale among solid-organ transplant recipients. J Eval Clin Pract, 16 (1), 64-8, 2010.
  13. Chisholm-Burns, MA, Patanwala, AE, Spivey, CA. Aseptic meningitis, hemolytic anemia, hepatitis, and orthostatic hypotension in a patient treated with trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole. Am J Health Syst Pharm, 67 (2), 123-7, 2010.
  14. Chisholm-Burns, MA, Spivey, CA, Rehfeld, R, Zawaideh, M, Roe, DJ, Gruessner, R. Immunosuppressant therapy adherence and graft failure among pediatric renal transplant recipients. Am J Transplant, 9 (11), 2497-504, 2009.
  15. Chisholm-Burns, MA, Spivey, CA, Wilks, SE. Social support and immunosuppressant therapy adherence among adult renal transplant recipients. Clin Transplant, 24 (3), 312-20, 2009.
  16. Spivey, CA, Chisholm-Burns, MA, Murphy, JE, Rice, L, Morelli, C. Assessment of and recommendations to improve pharmacy faculty satisfaction and retention. Am J Health Syst Pharm, 66 (1), 54-64, 2009.
  17. Chisholm-Burns, MA, Kwong, WJ, Mulloy, LL, Spivey, CA. Nonmodifiable characteristics associated with nonadherence to immunosuppressant therapy in renal transplant recipients. Am J Health Syst Pharm, 65 (13), 1242-7, 2008.
  18. Chisholm-Burns, MA, Spivey, CA. Pharmacoadherence: a new term for a significant problem. Am J Health Syst Pharm, 65 (7), 661-7, 2008.
  19. Chisholm-Burns, MA, Spivey, CA, Garrett, C, McGinty, H, Mulloy, LL. Impact of clinical pharmacy services on renal transplant recipients' adherence and outcomes. Patient Prefer Adherence, 2, 287-92, 2008.