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Faculty Focus: Kimberly Hart, PhD

Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Kimberly Hart, PhDWhat is your hometown?

Sioux City, IA

How/when did you become interested in science and/or medicine?

My interest in science began at a very early age, and I have always been fascinated by talking with and learning about people and their unique life stories. Although I began college as a biology major, it wasn’t until my junior year when my path forward in psychological science became clearer.

When did you join the University of Iowa faculty?


How or why did you choose to join the faculty at the University of Iowa?

Having been a Hawkeye since my undergraduate years, I have long felt a strong sense of dedication and commitment to the University of Iowa. After venturing out to other institutions following my graduate training, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to return to my home state. It has been exciting to take on new challenges and to be part of an institution with an excellent reputation for patient care, education, and service. Go Hawks!

Is there a teacher or mentor who helped shape your career?

Dr. Michael O’Hara, my graduate mentor, and Dr. Heather Flynn, my postdoctoral mentor, have been truly exceptional mentors who have guided and supported me throughout my career.

How do you see your faculty role impacting medicine and/or science?

My primary focus is to provide clinical services, which I hope will ultimately lead my patients to live rich, full, and meaningful lives. Additionally, I am hopeful that I am having an impact through teaching, which has been interwoven with my clinical practice and has focused on educating trainees about evidence-based treatments for mood and anxiety disorders.

What is the biggest change you've experienced in your field since you were a student?

The availability of tele-health and mobile applications for the treatment of mental health concerns.

What one piece of advice would you give to today's students?

Honest self-reflection and self-care are essential, yet often neglected skills. Be clear about what you really value in your career and the extent to which the path you are on is aligned with what really matters to you. 

What are some of your outside (personal) interests?

Outside of work, I stay busy going on small adventures with my twin boys, cooking, baking, and collecting books I hope to read one day!

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