Kimberly Tumlin, PhD
Assistant Professor
111 Washington Ave.
CPH 204B
Lexington, KY 40536
Contact: | 859.218.2017



PhD, Animal Science
University of Kentucky


MS, Food Science and Technology
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


BS, Animal Science
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University



Dr. Kimberly Tumlin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, where she contributes occupational safety and health research in sports professions, including studies of environmental exposures and injury prevention in equine and other sports environments. Dr. Tumlin also strives to translate evidence-based prevention strategies to improve population health in relevant sports professions by increasing occupational and environmental health literacy among workers. In addition, she serves as Jockey & Equestrian Initiative (JEI) Associate Director and Director of Research. The JEI is an integral component of the UK Sports Medicine Research Institute. In this role, Dr. Tumlin collaborates with multidisciplinary teams of researchers to align research, strategies, and funding that supports jockey/equestrian protection, safety, and performance. In her joint faculty role in the College of Health Sciences Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Dr. Tumlin conducts research on cognitive, functional, and safety interventions for athletic performance and recovery. As an equestrian and small horse farm owner, Dr. Tumlin understands the challenges, needs, and complexity of rider and handler fitness, injury, and recovery. 

Research Interests:
  • Equine and Equestrian Environments
  • Sports Professions Health and Safety
  • Occupational and environmental risk with emphasis on interaction of animals, humans, and ecosystems