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Our Leadership

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Round One

Dr. Kimberly Vess

Resilient Communities of East Georgia

Dr. Kimberly Vess Loomer serves as the associate dean for Learner Well-Being and a professor of psychiatry and health behavior at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University. She is passionate about students, community resilience, and diversity and inclusion as evidenced by her creation and implementation of courses in cultural competence and health disparities at two institutions. Dr. Loomer currently serves as the Principal Investigator of an $800k grant for Resilient Communities East Georgia and Resilient Teens. 


Dr. Loomer has produced an abundance of scholarly activity, resulting in the publication of five textbooks, numerous book chapters, and over a dozen peer-reviewed publications. She co-authored a textbook about cultural competence after noticing a shortage of information on the subject. Additionally, she has given over 50 invited, refereed presentations and procured grant funding. She serves on boards at the local, state, and national level including the Resilient Georgia advisory board, Good Neighbor Ministries board in the Harrisburg neighborhood of Augusta, the University of Georgia Camp Kesem chapter, the Pink Pumpkin Party, Junior League, National Academic Advising Association, Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors, National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the Ronald McDonald House.

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