Kevin Kip (EPI ’98) is a Distinguished Health Professor at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Public Health as well as an epidemiologist with 18 years of research experience on federally funded and industry-sponsored studies. As evidenced by his coauthoring more than 180 peer-review publications, Kip is a methodologist with expertise in a wide range of health disciplines, including interventional cardiology, endocrinology, oncology, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, obstetrics and gynecology, complementary and alternative medicine, and novel methods of psychotherapy. In 2018, he was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
In 2010, Kip was awarded a $2.1 million grant from the Department of Defense to study novel therapies and approaches for service members, veterans, and their family members suffering from emotional difficulties, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). From this effort, he established the Research to Improve Emotional Health/Quality of Life of Service Members with Disabilities, (RESTORE LIVES) Center at USF. Kip is the leading researcher worldwide in the study of Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), an emerging, brief, and evidence-based method of psychotherapy for PTSD and related comorbidities. To date, more than 3,000 military and civilian clinicians have been trained in ART, and a new nonprofit and philanthropically funded organization known as ART International has been established and is externally funding a $1M randomized controlled trial. In addition to his research efforts in interventional cardiology and treatment of PTSD, Kip is currently principal investigator of an NIH R01 randomized controlled trial to evaluate the benefits and risks of tooth brushing frequency for mechanically ventilated adults while in intensive care and principal investigator examining pediatric injuries from a registry of nearly 5,000 children admitted to St. Joseph’s Hospital over an eight-year period. These efforts, along with his service on NIH-directed grant review committees and data and safety monitoring Boards, attest to his varied portfolio and capacity to conduct rigorous research across all areas of health.
Kip earned his PhD in epidemiology in 1998 at Pitt Public Health.