Connie F. Rust

BPharm., MSSW., PhD
Assistant Professor
Phone 865.288.5866


Dr. Rust is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. She has over 20 years of pharmacy experience that includes retail, clinical, and nursing home practice. Her interest in the psychosocial aspect of health care and pharmacy practice led her to pursue a master’s degree and doctorate in social work at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She received a doctoral training grant from the American Cancer Society for her research of health literacy and medication adherence in African American breast cancer survivors. Dr. Rust has authored several peer-reviewed journal articles and is the chapter co-author of a handbook for oncology social work. Her areas of teaching are medication adherence, health literacy, psychopharmacotherapy, and the psychosocial aspect of health care and pharmacy practice.