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Dr. Kimberly I. Tumlin’s purpose is to advance the asset-based resilience in populations with trauma histories. Her research at the Center for Innovation in Population Health builds on the growing evidence that development of strengths outcomes contributes to transformative healing in specialized populations including Indigenous communities, persons with disabilities, and those with neurodivergent conditions. In July 2023, Dr. Tumlin established the Equine-Assisted Collaborative for Health ( to create a collaborative space joining people and data together for understanding the impact of equine-assisted practices on the lives of people. In addition, as the Director for Research for the Equestrian Athlete Initiative in the UK Sports Medicine Research Institute she combines her lifelong equestrianism to research concussion recovery, access to athletic training care, and mental health in equestrian sport. 

Research Interests

  • Trauma
  • Asset-based Resilience
  • Equestrian Health
  • Chronic Pain and Access to Care

Courses Taught

CPH 616 One Health Systems (Online Course)

Using a One Health Systems lens, the course content will demonstrate how human, animal, plant, environmental, and ecosystem health are interconnected. The field of One Health is recognized by the Centers for Disease Control as an important approach to understanding existing and emerging disease, as well as how disruptions in environmental or animal health can directly impact the economic, social, and cultural aspects of human health. This course is divided into three modules. The first emphasizes approaches to the complexity of One Health Systems including upstream drivers of disease potential. The second module will focus on macro-level relationships in One Health practice. The final module will address contemporary topics affecting health. This course is a blended experience of recorded instructor lectures, guest speakers, recordings of conference proceedings, independent reading of articles, and case studies to explain the constructs of One Health Systems in local, national, and global perspectives.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Public Health, University Of Alabama-University College


Doctor of Philosophy, University Of Kentucky


Master of Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)


Bachelor of Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)



  • RC1200 Sports Medicine
  • RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
  • S Agriculture (General)
  • HT Communities. Classes. Races
  • BL Religion


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