B.S., Ball State University; M.A., Ed.D., University of Cincinnati


Dr. Kimberly A. Vess joined Methodist University as the Senior Associate Dean of Student Experience of the College of Medicine and the Cape Fear Valley Health School of Medicine. 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. Vess, formerly a full professor in Psychiatry & Health Behavior at the Medical College of Georgia, currently serves as the Principal Investigator of an $800k grant for Resilient Communities and Resilient Teens. Vess has produced an abundance of scholarly activity, resulting in the publication of five textbooks, numerous book chapters, and peer-reviewed publications.  Vess immerses herself in the community. She serves (or has served) on boards at the local, state, and national level. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ball State University, a master’s degree in counseling, as well as her doctoral degree in counseling and psychology from the University of Cincinnati. Subsequently, she earned a Management Development Certificate from Harvard University.