Kimberly A. Horn

Kimberly A. Horn, Ed.D.

Research Professor, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC

Research Professor, Department of Population Health Sciences, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine


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Dr. Horn is a research professor in the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute and the Department of Population Health Sciences in the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Arriving from George Washington University where she was the research dean in the School of Public Health, Dr. Horn is a nationally recognized leader in her field. Dr. Horn also has a diverse research funding portfolio from federal, state, and private agencies investigating tobacco and other drug abuse. Over 16 years of continuous federal funding afforded her the opportunity to develop an internationally-recognized program of research in youth and young adult smoking cessation. A significant part of that program is the Not On Tobacco (N-O-T) teen smoking cessation program, which she co-developed during her time at West Virginia University, where she was a Professor of Community Medicine and Associate Director of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. N-O-T was formally adopted by the American Lung Association (ALA) in 1998 and continues today across the US helping thousands of youth stop smoking. N-O-T is a multi-session, group-based, gender-tailored intervention, most frequently implemented in school-based settings by ALA-certified facilitators. A National Survey of Tobacco Cessation Programs for Youths by Curry and colleagues (2007) 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 school administrators. N-O-T has been evaluated by the National Registry of Effective Programs and has received several awards. The program has been federally recognized as a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration evidence-based Model Program, a National Cancer Institute Research Tested Intervention Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Adoptable Program, and an Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Model Program. Dr. Horn also led the development of an American Indian N-O-T adaptation and a self-paced, Internet-based N-O-T Power Guide. N-O-T is also available in Spanish. While N-O-T studies show positive impact on teens, Horn continues to investigate approaches to improve teens’ odds of quitting smoking. Horn and her team published as study in the Journal of Adolescent Health (2013) demonstrating the importance of adding physical activity to teen smoking cessation. These studies caught the attention of the popular media sounding in media venues around the world, including TIME, CNN, USAToday, and the NY Times. Dr. Horn continues to grow her tobacco control research portfolio at VT partnering not only with Research Institute colleagues, but with other major universities and organizations across the region. Her continued impact on the field is evidenced by her emerging studies on poly tobacco use, ENDs, and harm reduction and her recent R01 grant from the National Cancer Institute determining the social and environmental conditions that maximize teen smoking cessation outcomes. Since arriving at VT, Horn is also circling back to some of her early pivotal work in drug abuse prevention reinventing programs and innovations to address the opioid crisis in central Appalachia.

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Education and Training

  • West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV: EdD
  • West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV: Master’s Degree in Social Work
  • University of NorthCarolina, Charlotte, NC: Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology

Previous Positions

  • George Washington University
    Professor, Milken Institute School of Public Health, Dept.of Prevention and Community Health Associate Dean of Research, Milken Institute School of Public Health Founding Director, DC Metro Tobacco Research Consortium (MeTRIC).Milken Institute School of Public Health
  • West Virginia University
    Professor, School of Medicine, Dept.of Community Medicine Robert C. Byrd Associate Professor, School of Medicine, Dept.of Community Medicine Associate Center Director, Population Health Research Founding Program Leader, Translational Tobacco Reduction Research Program. Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, Dept.of Community Medicine Research Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, Dept.of Community Medicine

Awards and Honors

  • 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, 2004
  • Chairperson of NIH Study Section, Community Influences on Health Behavior and an appointed member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Tobacco Consortium
  • Member of the West Virginia University Hall of Fame (College of Education and Human Services)

Selected Publications

Hrabovsky SM, Midya V, Lester C, Veldheer S, Yingst JM, Allen SI, Krebs NM, Liao J, Reinhart L, Modesto J, Evins AE, Richie JP Jr, Muscat JE, Horn K, Foulds J. (2019). Effect of Cigarette Rod Length on Smokers Switching to SPECTRUM Cigarettes. American Journal of Health Behavior 43(2): 380-392.

Horn KA, Pack RP, Trestman R, Lawson G. (2018). Almost Everything We Need to Better Serve Children of the Opioid Crisis We Learned in the 80s and 90s. Frontiers in Public Health 6(289).

Horn K, Kuprewicz RM, Patterson K, Kaufman J, Murugesan U, Martinez DJ, Krebs NM, Muscat JE. (2018). Clinical trial recruitment of adult African American smokers from economically disadvantaged urban communities. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse : 1-18.