Kimberly Horn Named Associate Director of Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center

MORGANTOWN, WV— Kimberly Horn, Ed.D., has been named associate director of population health research at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. John E. Prescott, M.D. dean of the West Virginia University School of Medicine and interim director of the MBRCC announced the appointment.

Population research investigates how cancer affects the general population, identifies its causes, and establishes effective prevention and treatment programs to benefit the population. In leading the new division, Dr. Horn will focus on tobacco research and its role in lung and other cancers.

“This type of research is critical to West Virginia,” Horn said. “Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the state and we have one of the highest smoking rates in the nation. Our new population health division will conduct research that helps people lead healthier lives and reduce their risk for cancer.”

Dr. Horn, educational psychologist and Robert C. Byrd associate professor of community medicine, received her doctorate at WVU. She was the founding director of the Office of Drug Abuse Intervention Studies (ODAIS) serving in that capacity from 1998 through 2006. Horn also serves as the co-director of the Prevention Research Center, funded by the Centers for Disease Control. She has extensive experience in tobacco and drug intervention trials in school, community and clinic settings, with a focus on under-served populations.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Horn join the Cancer Center,” said Dan Flynn, Ph.D., deputy director. “She brings great expertise to population based research and has been highly successful in developing trials and community-based programs to help people quit smoking.”

A nationally known expert in her field, Horn’s research has impacted practice and policy at the state, national and international levels. One of the programs she developed, Not-On-Tobacco (N-O-T), was recently adopted by the American Lung Association, and is used throughout the U.S and Europe to help teens stop smoking. The program has reached nearly 150,000 teens, with one in five quitting smoking.

Each year, over 2,500 cancer cases are diagnosed in West Virginia that are related to smoking,” said Dr. Flynn. “It is the mission of the MBRCC to identify at-risk populations and design programs to prevent, treat and understand the nature of cancers that occur at high rates in the state and surrounding region.”

Horn’s work has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the National Cancer Institute, and the CDC.

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For more information:
Sherry Stoneking, Cancer Center (304) 293-4599

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