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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


Kimberly Tumlin, PhD is an assistant professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health with a joint appointment in Athletic Training and Clinical Nutrition in the College of Health Sciences. Dr. Tumlin joined the College to advance One Health and Human-Animal Interaction research in Appalachian and other underserved populations. She examines the connections between human, animal, and environmental health, specifically in equine-assisted and outdoor adventure interventions. Her research focuses on defining aspects of positive exposures during interventions that elicit responses associated with longitudinal health outcomes. Additionally, she serves as an integral member of the multidisciplinary team optimizing jockey safety and performance in the Jockey & Equestrian Initiative as part of the UK Sports Medicine Research Institute.





  • Horses & Humans: A One-Health Approach
  • 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
  • Psychosocial and physiological assessment
  • Trauma-informed interventions