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Kimberly Peterson is an assistant professor within the Department of Health Information Management (HIM). She received her Bachelor of Science degree in the Health Information Management department and her Master’s degree in Healthcare Supervision and Management also in the Health Information Department. She worked extensively in management roles within the Health Information Management departments in the healthcare environment for the past 25 years. She also was the HIPAA Privacy Officer in several healthcare settings and has consulted on HIM principles in healthcare settings both nationally and internationally. She received her Doctorate degree in Rehabilitation Science in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. Her dissertation research involved creating a quality of life scale to measure trauma levels, health and wellbeing in a socioeconomically-challenged community. She has held leadership roles in the local HIM association and is active in the state and national HIM association.