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Research Division

Family Medicine

Timothy Urbin, PhD, Assistant Professor and Clinical Psychologist/Bristol Center



Dr. Urbin was born and raised in Chicago but has lived in East Tennessee for 15 years, adopting the motto "Chicago by birth, Tennessee by choice!" He completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology (1976) at the University of Illinois, an Associate's Degree in Nursing (1978) from the Community College of the Air Force, a Master's Degree in Counseling (1980) from the University of Oklahoma, my PhD in Counseling Psychology (1987) from the University of Illinois and finally an MBA (1993) also from the University of Illinois. Dr. Urbin is a veteran of both the USAF and the Army National Guard. The last part of his USAF career was as an instructor at the USAF School of Health Care Sciences. Dr. Urbin completed his internship at the VA Medical Center in Danville, IL and subsequently held positions as a VA staff psychologist, the Director of Brain Injury Rehabilitation Services at Covenant Medical Center in Urbana, IL, the Clinical Director for Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Kingsport, and as a neuropsychologist and behavioral medicine specialist for Holston Medical Group. During his career, he also served as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Illinois and a training consultant for the VA, focusing on providing training in neuropsychology, behavioral medicine, and rehabilitation psychology to psychology graduate students and doctoral interns.  Dr. Urbin and his wife Kathy met as undergraduates at the University of Illinois and she is an RN working as a clinical research auditor in the pharmaceutical industry. They have two daughters who are graduates of ETSU. Their eldest daughter Kristin is a social worker (MSW) at the Mountain Home VA while the younger daughter Laura is a certified radiologic technologist specializing in radiation oncology in Ft. Myers, FL. Dr. Urbin's research interests include geropsychology, mild cognitive impairment and memory disorders, long term effects of traumatic brain injury and stroke, collaborative medical teams, and treatment adherence. In his free time, Dr. Urbin love boating, rebuilding cars, and hands-on construction! Dr. Urbin can be reached at



Scholarly Activities




Papers, Abstracts, and/or Presentations:


Regional and Local


Urbin T, Bailey BA, Bishop T, Floyd M. More often may be better: Repeated vs annual substance use screening in primary care. Presented at Primary Care Research Day, February 2014, Johnson City, TN.


Bishop T, Floyd M, Urbin T, Bailey BA. Trials and tribulations: Implementing a substance abuse prevention program in primary care. Presented at Primary Care Research Day, February 2014, Johnson City, TN.             


Urbin, T.  More often may be better.  9th Annual Primary Care and Prevention Research Day.  February 2014. Johnson City, Tennessee.   


Invited Presentations


Urbin, T A.  SBIRT 101. Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug and other Addiction Services (TAADAS).  September 11, 2013. Nashville, TN


Urbin, TA.  SBIRT 101. Head for the Hills 2013.  The Breaks, Virginia.  October 11 & 12, 2013.


Urbin, TA.  No Longer Strange Bedfellows.  Tennessee Psychological Association Convention 2013.  October 30-November2, 2013.  Nashville, Tennessee. 




Grant:  SBIRT TN:  An SBIRT Model in Primary Care and Community Settings for High Risk Populations


Principle Investigator(s):  Beth Bailey and Angela McKinney Jones (TN Dept. of Mental Health)


Funding Agency:  DHHS SAMHSA (sub-contract with the TN Dept. of Mental Health, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services)


Project/Grant Amount:  Oct 1, 2011 Aug 31, 2016/ $8.33 million over 5 years ($1.666 million per year), with ETSUs contract at $433,000/yr


Site Coordinators:   Tim Urbin, Bristol Family Medicine Residency;  Thomas Bishop, Johnson City Family Medicine Residency; Mike Floyd and Glenda Stockwell, Kingsport Family Med. Residency


Service Activities (national, regional and local)


  TN Board of Examiners in Psychology                    Board Member       




Papers, Abstracts and/or Poster Presentations:  Regional and National

Urbin T. 02/11/2011 "Early Detection of Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia", Illinois Speech & Hearing Association Annual Meeting, Chicago

Urbin T. 02/10/2011 "Relationship of Neuroanatomy to Assessment and Treatment", Illinois Speech & Hearing Association Annual Meeting, Chicago.

Urbin, T. 05/05/2011 "Understanding Changes to the Brain, the Person, the Family, and the Future: When the Brain Receives Injury". Presented at Disability Law & Advocacy Center, UT-Batelle Center, Oak Ridge TN

Urbin, T. 09/23/2011 "From War to High School: An Update on Assessing & Treating Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Family Medicine", 32nd Forum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine, Chicago

Urbin, T. 10/28/2010 "When the Brain Has Been Injured: Neuropsychology for the Non-neuropsychologist", Tennessee Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN

Urbin, T. 11/03/2011 "Functional Neuroanatomy for Psychologists: Eliminating Mind-Body Dualism in Daily Practice", Tennessee Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN



Invited Talks

Urbin T. SBIRT 101 (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment).  Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug and Other Addiction Services (TAADAS). September 11, 2013.  Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Urbin T. Head for the Hills:  SBIRT 101.  October 11, 2013.

Urbin T.  Neuroscience and Psychotherapy - No longer Strange Bedfellows.  Tennessee Psychological Association Annual Meeting.  November 2, 2013.  Nashville, Tennessee

Grant Funded Project Participation 

Clinical Director and Bristol Site Coordinator.  Tennessee SBIRT - ETSU subcontractor, SAMHSA funded 

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