Kimberly Horn, Ed.D.
Associate Director of Population Health Research
Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center
As a Robert C. Byrd Associate Professor of Community Medicine at West Virginia University, Dr. Kimberly Horn is the Associate Center Director of Population Health Research for the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. She is also a Program Leader in the Cancer Center, overseeing the Translational Tobacco Reduction Research Program (called T2R2), a multidisciplinary scientific program. The T2R2 mission is to conduct and translate research into real-world strategies that protect youth and adults from harm caused by tobacco. She has rapidly grown the T2R2 as a successful multidisciplinary scientific program receiving national attention. The program engages over 20 faculty investigators from 10 different WVU departments—researchers regularly meet, prepare grant applications, conduct research, and write publications together. The program also includes numerous students and staff fully engaged in hands-on research.Dr. Horn also is the Co-Director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)-funded Prevention Research Center—a leadership role she has held since 2004. She oversees the research missions in the Prevention Research Center, with particular emphasis on Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR).
Dr. Horn has a diverse research funding portfolio in tobacco research with funding from federal, state, and private agencies. Over a decade of continuous federal funding has afforded her the opportunity to develop an internationally-recognized program of research in teen smoking cessation. A significant part of that program is the Not On Tobacco (N-O-T) teen smoking cessation program, which was formally adopted by the American Lung Association (ALA) in 1998. Dr. Horn is the co-developer of N-O-T, along with Dr. Geri Dino. N-O-T is a multi-session, group-based, gender-tailored intervention, most frequently implemented in school-based settings by ALA-certified facilitators. A recent National Survey of Tobacco Cessation Programs for Youths by Curry and colleagues (AJPH, January 2007, Vol 97, 1) cited N-O-T as the most widely used teen cessation program in the US. Curry’s study profiled 591 programs in 408 US counties. Demonstrating national reach, the study found that N-O-T was the most commonly used packaged program and was reported as the source program by 30% of program administrators. N-O-T has been evaluated by the National Registry of Effective Programs and has received several awards. It is federally recognized as a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) evidence-based Model Program, a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Research Tested Intervention Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Adoptable Program, and an Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Model Program. In 2004, Horn received the Award of Research Innovation for N-O-T from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Prevention Research Centers. In 2008, the CDC launched the N-O-T web portal (http://www.notontobacco.com) to enhance program reach and to establish a new and innovative venue for dissemination research. The ALA projects that N-O-T has reached over 300,000 teen smokers since 2000, with about 1 in 5 reporting quitting at the end of the program. Dr. Horn also led the development of an American Indian N-O-T adaptation (2005) and a self-paced, Internet-based N-O-T Power Guide (http://www.onlinepowerguide.com, 2009) currently under evaluation. N-O-T is also available in Spanish. Last year, Dr. Horn and her team developed collaborations with researchers at the University of Indonesia to adapt and study N-O-T in Indonesia. In 2005, Horn received the Dean’s Award of Research Excellence from the West Virginia University School of Medicine. Much of Dr. Horn’s research applies CBPR with underserved populations, including rural and racial/ethnic minorities.
Nationally, Dr. Horn serves on several committees of professional organizations, including CDC National Networks, the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, and the Society for Prevention Research. Of note, Dr. Horn was an invited peer reviewer for US Public Service 2008 Clinical Practice Guideline Update: Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence. She also was recently nominated and appointed to the American Academy of Pediatrics Tobacco Consortium (July 2010, 2- year term). She also serves on NIH study sections for her expertise in community engaged research and serves as a peer reviewer for over two dozen scholarly journals. She is also an Editorial Board Member for Health Education and Behavior and a past Editorial Advisory Board Member for The Open Addiction Journal. Dr. Horn has published over 50 manuscripts relative to the field of tobacco research.