Kimberly Hartson, PhD, RN

Kimerley Hartson, PhD, RN

Kimberly Rapp Hartson, PhD, MS, RN

Assistant Professor


Dr. Hartson's research focuses on the health behaviors of youth and emerging adults for the purpose of increasing well-being and preventing chronic illness. Her recent research included testing the Theory of Planned Behavior to predict physical activity behaviors among minority youth and exploring the potential role of mindfulness as a moderator of the intention - physical activity behavior gap. Her current research includes: (1) a program evaluation for a local non-profit that provides farm-based education to Louisville youth, (2) a secondary analysis examining the relationships among stress, resilience, and well-being among college students, and (3) a study to adapt and test an online physical activity program that is grounded in the Multi-Process Action Control framework. She completed her doctoral work in 2018 at the University of Colorado, College of Nursing, with a focus in Biobehavioral Sciences.


  • PhD, University of Colorado 2018
  • MS, University of Colorado 2014
  • BSN, University of Louisville 2009
  • BS, Carnegie Mellon University 2005

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