Katherine (Kat) Tumlinson, PhD
Katherine (Kat) Tumlinson, PhD
Dr. Tumlinson is an Assistant Professor of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and a Fellow of the Carolina Population Center (CPC). She is trained as an epidemiologist and demographer, with a portfolio of work at the intersection of population and global reproductive health. Dr. Tumlinson has served as PI on research studies conducted in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa, undertaking cross-sectional and longitudinal primary data collection activities at both the household level and within healthcare facilities. Professionally, Dr. Tumlinson has worked as a family planning service provider and reproductive health educator and advocate, and these roles have provided critical context for the development of a highly relevant and applied research agenda.
Dr. Tumlinson’s current research program, funded by an NIH career development grant, investigates the relationship between the quality of family planning service delivery and contraceptive use dynamics in low-income countries. She is using large-scale demographic data from Kenya to estimate the association between quality of care and contraceptive continuation and to assess the reliability of the retrospective reproductive calendar. Dr. Tumlinson is also using longitudinal data from Western Kenya to examine the validity of reproductive calendar data. Additionally, Dr. Tumlinson is collecting extensive qualitative primary data to better understand the motivations of healthcare providers in low-income settings in order to develop appropriate, feasible, and sustainable interventions to increase the quality of service delivery and improve public health outcomes.
Across her research activities, Dr. Tumlinson employs complex quantitative methodologies, integrated qualitative techniques, and a cross-disciplinary approach. Throughout all stages of her work, Dr. Tumlinson regularly engages with relevant key stakeholders to ensure her research agenda is informed by in-country priorities and to ensure her results find audience with in-country reproductive health program managers and policy makers.
Katherine (Kat) Tumlinson in the Gillings news
- Partner resistance affects contraceptive use in Kenya
- Crisis pregnancy centers come up short in providing access to information on pregnancy options
- Who gets admitted to medical education in low- and middle-income countries — and why does it matter?
- Provider perspectives are vital to solving widespread absenteeism in Kenyan health care clinics
- Packard Foundation to support ‘score card’ intervention for family planning in Kenya
Honors and AwardsIBM Junior Faculty Development Award
2020, University of North CarolinaOnline Quality Innovation Challenge
2018, David and Lucile Packard FoundationFellow
2016-2018, Cambridge Reproductive Health ConsultantsBerton H. Kaplan Award for best student publication, Dep't of Epidemiology
2015, UNC-CHEpidemiology department nominee, UNC Distinguished Dissertation Award, Social Sciences
2015, UNC-CHStudent Travel Award, UNC Department of Epidemiology
2013, UNC-CHStudent Transportation Award, Graduate School
2013, UNC-CHHarry A. Guess Scholarship, Gillings School of Global Public
2010, UNC-CHNew Investigators in Global Health Award
2008, Global Health CouncilMichael and Linda Frieze Fellowship
2005, Brandeis UniversityPACEsetters Award for improving the lives of girls
2002, PACE Center for Girls
MHCH 859: Theoretical Foundations of Maternal and Child Health
Principal Investigator, Provider imposed barriers to contraceptive uptake and continuation
Principal Investigator, Patient perspectives on addressing contraceptive discontinuation in low-income settings: Advancing patient-centered care through qualitative inquiry
2018-present Global Health MPH Concentration subcommittee
Free access to a broad contraceptive method mix and women’s contraceptive choice: Evidence from sub-Saharan Africa. †Chang W & Tumlinson K. (2021). Studies in Family Planning, 52(1), 3-22.
“When it comes to time of removal, nothing is straightforward": A qualitative study of experiences with barriers to removal of long-acting reversible contraception in Western Kenya. †Britton L, Caitlin Williams, Dickens Onyango, Debborah Wambua Tumlinson K. (2021). Contraception, 22(3).
If the big fish are doing it then why not me down here?: A qualitative assessment of informal fee payments and healthcare provider motivation in Kenya. Tumlinson K, Gichane M, Curtis S. (2020). Studies in Family Planning, 51(1), 33-50.
Reforming Medical Education Admission in Low- Income Countries: Who Gets Admitted and Why it Matters. Tumlinson K, Jaff D, Stilwell B, Leonard K. (2019). BMC Human Resources for Health, 17(91).
Understanding absenteeism among health care providers in urban Kenya: A qualitative analysis. Tumlinson K, Gichane M, Curtis S, LeMasters K. (2019). BMC Health Services Research, 19(1).
Pregnancy Experiences of Women in Rural Romania: Understanding Ethnic and Socioeconomic Disparities. LeMasters K, Wallis AB, Chereches R, Gichanec M, Tehei C, Varga A, Tumlinson K. (2019). Culture, Health and Sexuality, 21(3), 249-262.
Challenges to the Iraqi health system call for reform. Jaff D, Tumlinson K, Al-Hamadani A. (2018). Journal of Health Systems, 3(2), 9-12.
Letter to the Editor relating to the paper ‘Young Married Women’s Perceptions on the Meanings and Motivations for Their Husbands’ Opposition to their Modern Contraceptive Use in Malawi’ by Kaneka and Mturi. Katherine Tumlinson (2018). University of Oxford, 14(1), 1.
Association between skilled maternal healthcare and postpartum contraceptive use in Ethiopia. G Tessema, T Mekonnen, Z Mengesha, K Tumlinson (2018). BMC pregnancy and childbirth, 18(1), 172.
Pregnancy experiences of women in rural Romania: understanding ethnic and socioeconomic disparities. K LeMasters, A Baber Wallis, R Chereches, M Gichane, C Tehei, A Varga, K Tumlinson (2018). Culture, health & sexuality.
PhD, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014
MA, International Development, Brandeis University, 2007