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Dr. Kimberly I. Tumlin joined the Department of Epidemiology in 2020 and also serves as the Research Director for the Equestrian Athlete Initiative in the Sports Medicine Research Institute housed in the College of Health Sciences. Her expertise is in injury epidemiology and occupational health. Currently her research addresses 1) long-term impacts of concussion on well-being and physical performance in the specialized occupation of Thoroughbred jockeys, 2) acclimation of traumatic stress in youth, and 3) effectiveness of horse-human interventions to promote protective factors in healing from traumatic stress including cultural identity and supportive relationships. Dr. Tumlin is a strong advocate for community-engaged research and employs mixed method approaches in her research program including secondary data analysis, survey research, and cross-systems assessments.


  • 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

Research Interests

  • Traumatic events/Traumatic stress
  • Occupational risk and injury
  • Animal-assisted interventions
  • Population Health Outcomes

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