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



PhD, Animal Science
University of Kentucky


MPH, Environmental & Occupational Health
University of Alabama at Birmingham


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


BS, Animal Science
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


Dr. Kimberly I. Tumlin is an assistant professor in the College of Public Health. Valuing community-engaged and mixed-methods approaches, her research unravels complexities of health outcomes associated with human-animal interactions. Using evidence-based assessments in conjunction with One Health models, Dr. Tumlin applies concepts of cross-systems decision support and outcome monitoring in human-animal intervention science.


Serving as research director for the Equestrian Athlete Initiative (EqA) in the UK Sports Medicine Research Institute, Dr. Tumlin combines her lifelong equestrianism and ability to partner multidisciplinary teams to evaluate: concussion reporting in equestrian athletes, longevity in the sport, cardiorespiratory health and function, and ergonomic positioning during equestrian activities. The Equestrian Athlete registry for all youth (12+) and adult equestrian athletes was developed to document performance, injury rates including concussions, and perceptions in sport and recreational activities. This research comprehensively fills a need in the Commonwealth and Nationally as a leader for quantifying the equestrian as an athlete.



  • CPH 616: One Health Perspectives
  • VS597/CPH 595 Special Topics: Research on Equestrian Health
  • Guest Lecturer: CPH 561 Insects Affecting Human and Animal Health
Research Interests:
  • One Health
  • Animal-Assisted Interventions
  • Population Health Outcomes
  • Equestrian Athletic Performance