Cynthia Russell Lippincott

Cynthia Russell Lippincott
Nursing and Health Studies

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Dr. Cynthia Russell Lippincott is a Professor at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Rush University in Chicago, Illinois and her PhD from Saint Louis University. She completed a post-doctorate from John A. Hartford Foundation/Atlantic. Dr. Russell presents locally, nationally, and internationally on a variety of topics related to her program of research, professional issues, evidence-based practice, research, and advanced nursing practice. She led a task force that published the first edition of the Scope and Standards for Transplant Nursing Practice and the Transplant Competencies.

Dr.  Russell Lippincott's program of research focuses on self-management of chronic disease, specifically behavior change in those with kidney and heart disease. She completed an NIH R01 to test a SystemCHANGETM  intervention to improve medication adherence, physiologic and cost outcomes in adult kidney transplant recipients. Dr. Russell’s research program has been funded consistently since 2002 in amounts ranging from $10,000 to $2,585,224. She leads an inter-professional research team in transplantation.

Selected Grants and Awards (2011 – 2020)

  • Managing Medications During a Pandemic: A Mixed Methods Study of Perceptions of Adult Kidney Transplant Recipients and Adults on the Kidney Transplant Waiting List, International Transplant Nurses Society, Principle Investigator, 2021-2022, $5000
  • Health Facts-Medication Adherence in Transplantation (H-MAT), University of Missouri-Kansas City, Primary Investigator, 2017-2020, $2,000
  • SystemCHANGE TM: An RCT for Medication Adherence in Kidney Transplant Recipients – National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Disease, R01, Principal Investigator (Co-PI, Donna Hathaway), $ 2,585,224.00, 2014-2019
  • SystemCHANGE TM: An RCT for Medication Adherence in Older Kidney Transplant Recipients – Kansas City Area Life Sciences, Principal Investigator, $ 45,413, 2015-2016.
  • SystemCHANGE TM: An RCT for Medication Adherence in Older Kidney Transplant Recipients – Frontiers Grant, Principal Investigator, $ 19,710. 2014-2015.
  • Medication Adherence in Dialysis Study (MIDAS) II-Dialysis Clinics Inc., $18,000, 2011-2012
  • Medication Adherence in Dialysis Study (MIDAS) II- Missouri Kidney Program, $5,000, 2011-2012
  • Medication Adherence in Dialysis Study (MIDAS) II-American Nephrology Nurses Association, $5,000, 2011-2012
  • Patterns, Predictor, and Outcomes of Medication Adherence in Those Waiting for a Kidney Transplant- North American Transplant Coordinators Organization, $5,000, 2011-2012
  • Patterns, Predictor, and Outcomes of Medication Adherence in Those Waiting for a Kidney Transplant-Interdisciplinary Center on Aging, $8,000, 2011-2013  


Selected publications

* data-based (i.e., reports data from a research project/systematic investigation)
# mentored junior faculty
+ mentored student


  • #Andrews, A., Cheng, A., Ellis, R.B., Emerson, A., O’Brien, T., & Russell, C. L. (2021).
    SystemCHANGE™ solutions to improve medication adherence in kidney transplant recipients: A secondary data analysis. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 48(4), 389-397, 417.
  • +Erickson, L. A., Emerson, A., & Russell, C. L. (2020). Parental mobile health adherence to symptom home monitoring for infants with congenital heart disease during the single ventricle interstage period: A concept analysis. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing. 25: 1-10. DOI: 10.1111/jspn.12303.
  • *+Iglesias, K., De Geest, S., Berben, L., Dobbels, F., Denhaerynk, K., Russell, C.L., Helmy., R. & Peytremann-Bridevaux, I. Validation of the Patient Assessment of Chronic Illness Care (PACIC) short form scale in heart transplant recipients: The international cross-sectional BRIGHT study.(2020).BMC Health Services. 20:160. Doi: 10.1186/s12913-020-5003-3
  • *#Alaerts E, Dreesen C, (joint 1st authorship), Denhaerynck, K., Gryp, S., Van Cleemput, J., Schuermans, A., Dobbels, F., Russell, C. L., De Geest, S. for the BRIGHT-study team. (2020). Variability in practice patterns regarding protective isolation measures after heart transplantation: A secondary analysis of the international BRIGHT study. (2020). American Journal of Infection Control. 48: 786-790.
  • #O’Brien, T., Russell, C.L., AlKahlout, K., Rosenthal, A., Meyer, T., Tan, A., Daloul, R., & Hathaway, D. (2019). Recruitment of older kidney transplant recipients to a longitudinal study. Nursing Research. 10.1097/nnr.0000000000000406
  • *Russell, C. L., Hathaway, D., Remy, L. M., Aholt, D., Clark, D., Miller, C., Ashbaugh, C., Wakefield, M., Ye., S., Staggs, V., Ellis, R. J., Goggin, K. (2019).  Improving medication adherence and outcomes in adult kidney transplant patients using SystemCHANGE™: Results of the MAGIC randomized clinical trial. American Journal of Transplantation. 00:1–12. DOI: 10.1111/ajt.15528
  • *+Andrews, A. M., & Russell, C. L. (2019). Impact of a SystemCHANGE™ intervention on medication adherence in older adults with heart failure: A feasibility study. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 45(4):15-19.
  • *+ Wessol, J., Russell, C. L. & Olds, K. (2019). A pilot randomized controlled trial testing the feasibility and acceptability of a SystemCHANGE intervention to improve medication adherence in older adult stroke survivors. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: July 25, 2019. doi: 10.1097/JNN.0000000000000455.
  • #+White-Lewis, S., Johnson, R., Ye, S., & Russell, C.L. (2019). An equine-assisted therapy intervention to improve pain, range of motion, and quality of life in adults and older adults with arthritis: A randomized controlled trial. Applied Nursing Research. DOI: 10.1016/j.apnr.2019.07.002.
  • #Bartlett Ellis, R.J., Hill, J., Kerley, D.K., Ganci, A., Sinha, A.J. & Russell, C.L. (2019). The feasibility of using a smart button mobile health system to self-track medication adherence and deliver tailored short message service text. JMIR Formative Research, 3(2):e13558. DOI: 10.2196/13558 PMID: 31237568.
  • +Mahoney, D.E., Russell, C.L., & Cheng, A. (2019) Medication adherence among women undergoing infertility treatment: A systematic review.  International Journal of Women's Health and Reproduction Sciences. 7(2), 141–149.
  • *+ Helmy R+, Scalso de Almeida S+ +(joint first authorship), Denhaerynck K, Berben L, Dobbels F, Russell CL,  de Aguiar RB, De Geest S on behalf of the BRIGHT study team.  (2019). Prevalence of medication nonadherence to co-medication compared with immunosuppressants in heart transplant recipients: findings from the international Cross-sectional BRIGHT Study.  Clinical Therapeutics; 41: 130-136. doi: 10.1016/j.clinthera.2018.11.007
  • *#O’Brien, T., Russell, C.L., Washington, M., Tan, A., & Hathaway, D. (2018). An exploratory correlational study in the use of mobile technology among adult kidney transplant recipients. Progress in Transplantation. 28(4), 368-375. doi:10.1177/1526924818800051.
  • *Miller, L.C., Russell, C.L., Cheng, A-L, & Zembles, S. (2018). Testing the efficacy of a scaffolded writing intervention with online degree-completion nursing students: A quasi-experimental design. Nurse Education in Practice, 32, 115-121. doi: 10.1016/j.nepr.2018.06.011.
  • #Myaskovsky, L., Jesse, M. T., Kuntz, K., Leino, A. D., Peipert, J. D., Russell, C. L., Spivey, C. A., Sulejmani, N., Dew, M. A. (2018). Report from the American Society of Transplantation Psychosocial Community of Practice Adherence Task Force: Real World Options for Promoting Adherence in Adult Recipients. Clinical Transplantation,
  • #*Helmy R, Duerinckx N, De Geest S, Denhaerynck K, Berben L, Russell CL, Van Cleemput J, Crespo-Leiro MG, Dobbels F, on behalf of the BRIGHT study team. (2018). The international prevalence and variability of non-adherence to the non-pharmacologic treatment regimen after heart transplantation: Findings from the cross-sectional BRIGHT study. Clinical Transplantation. May 13:e13280. doi: 10.1111/ctr.13280.
  • *Russell, C. L., Miller, C., Remy, L. M., Wessol, J. M., Andrews, A. M., Aholt, D., Clark, D., Hardinger, K., O’Brien, T., Hathaway, D., & Goggin, K. (2018). Improvement of Immunosuppressive Medication Adherence Using a SystemCHANGETM Intervention:  Case Study of an Older Adult Kidney Transplant Recipient. Nephrology Nursing Journal. 45(2), 171-223.
  • +Prouhet, P. M., Gregory, M. R., Russell, C. L., & Yaeger, L. H. (2018). Fathers' Stress in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: A Systematic Review. Advances in Neonatal Care, 18(2), 105-120. doi:10.1097/anc.0000000000000472
  • +Gregory, M., Prouhet, P. W., Russell, C. L. (2018). Quality of life for parents of children with congenital heart defect: A systematic review. The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. March 29. doi: 10.1097/JCN.0000000000000466.
  • *Johnson, R.A., Albright, D. L., Marzolf, J. R., Bibbo, J. L., Yaglom, H. D., Crowder, S. M., Carlisle, G. M., Grindler, K., Willard, A., Wassman, M., Russell, C. L., & Osterlind, S.  (2018). Effects of therapeutic horseback riding on military veteran’s posttraumatic stress disorder. Military Medical Research Journal 5, 3. doi: 10.1186/s40779-018-0149-6.
  • +*Vetter, C., Dobbels, F. Russell, C. L. De Geest, S. on behalf of the BRIGHT Study Team. (2017). Heart transplant centers with multidisciplinary team show a higher level of chronic illness management – Findings from the International BRIGHT Study. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 46(5):351-356. doi: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2017.05.006.
  • *Denhaerynck, K., Berben, L., Dobbels, F., Russell, C.L, Crespo-Leiro, M., Poncelet, A., De Geest, S., On behalf of the BRIGHT study team. (2017). Multi-level factors are associated with immunosuppressant nonadherence in heart transplant recipients: The international Bright Study. American Journal of Transplantation. DOI:10.1111/ajt.14611.
  • *+Senft, Y., Kirsch, M., Denhaerynck, K., Dobbels, F., Helmy, R., Russell, C.L., Berben, L., De Geest, S., on behalf of the BRIGHT study team. (2017). Practice patterns to improve pre- and post- transplant medication adherence in heart transplant centers: a secondary data analysis of the international BRIGHT study. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. DOI:10.1177/1474515117747577.
  • #O’Brien, T., Hathaway, D., Russell, C.L., Moore, S.M. (2017). Merging an activity tracker with SystemCHANGETM to improve physical activity in older kidney transplant recipients. Nephrology Nursing Journal. 44(2), 153-157.
  • +Coburn, B.W., Bendlin, K.A., Sayles, H.R., Meza, J., Russell, C.L., & Mikuls, T.R. (2017). Allopurinol medication adherence as a mediator of optimal outcomes in gout management. Journal of Clinical Rheumatology. 23(6), 317-323. doi: 10.1097/RHU.0000000000000561
  • White-Lewis, S., Russell, C., Johnson, R., Cheng, A. L., & McClain, N. (2017). Equine-assisted therapy intervention studies targeting physical symptoms in adults: A systematic review. Applied Nursing Research, 38, 9-21. doi:10.1016/j.apnr.2017.08.002
  • +*Cajita M. @, Baumgartner E@ (shared 1st authorship), Berben L, Denhaerynck K, Helmy R, Schönfeld S, Berger G, Vetter C, Dobbels F, Russell C. L. , De Geest S and on behalf of the BRIGHT Study Team. (2017). Heart transplant centers with multidisciplinary team show a higher level of chronic illness management - Findings from the International BRIGHT Study. Heart Lung, 46(5):351–6.
  • +Andrews, A.M., Russell, C.L. & Cheng, A-L. (2017). Medication adherence interventions for older adults with heart failure: A systematic review. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 43(10), 37-45.
  • +Wessol, J. L., Russell, C. L., & Cheng, A.-L. (2017). A systematic review of randomized controlled trials of medication adherence interventions in adult stroke survivors. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 49(2), 120–133.
  • *+Cajita, M. A., Denhaerynck, K., Dobbels, F., Berben, L., Russell, C. L., Davidson, P. M. (2017). Health Literacy in Heart Transplantation: Prevalence, Correlates, and Associations with Health Behaviors - Findings from the International BRIGHT Study. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 3:272–9.DOI:10.1016/j.healun.2016.08.024.  
  • Welch, J., Ellis, R. J., Perkins, S., Johnson, C., Zimmerman, L. M., Russell, C. L., Richards, C., Guise, D. M., & Decker, B. S. (2016). Knowledge and Awareness among Patients with Stage 3 Chronic Kidney Disease. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 43(6), 512-519.
  • *Kugler, C., Akca, S., Einhorn, I., Rebafka, A., Russell, C. L. (2016). German transplant nurses work environment - a cross-sectional multi-center study. Annals of Transplantation. 21, 550-557. DOI: 10.12659/AOT.898305.
  •  Russell, C.L., Moore, S., Hathaway, D. Cheng, A. L., Chen, G. & Goggin, K. (2016). MAGIC Study: Aims, design and methods using SystemCHANGETM  to improve immunosuppressive medication adherence in adult kidney transplant recipients. BMC Nephrology. 17(84), 1-12. DOI: 10.1186/s12882-016-0285-8.
  • *#Matteson-Kome, M., Ruppar, T., & Russell, C. (2016) Attainment of the elusive: Attributions for long-term success in kidney transplantation. Progress in Transplantation. 26(2), 162-171.