College of Health Sciences
Dr. Tara Lee Gallien currently lives in Pittsboro, NC. She is originally from Alaska, where she worked as a firefighter/medic, personal trainer, and group fitness instructor. Her degrees include a Ph.D., Texas Woman’s University (Health Studies); M.Ed., Northwestern State University of Louisiana (Health Promotion); B.A., University of Alaska, Fairbanks (Biology); and AAS, University of Alaska, Fairbanks (Fire Science Technology). She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and Yoga Instructor - RYT200.
Tara has been working at Walden since 2017. She served as Contributing Faculty in the BS Health Studies program and Subject Matter Expert for course development in course-based and competency-based modalities.
In her current role, Tara serves as Academic Coordinator of Competency-Based Education (CBE) for the undergraduate Health programs (Healthcare Management, Health Studies, and Public Health) in the College of Health Sciences. She is also an active member of the Center for Faculty Excellence Advisory Council, Curriculum and Academic Policy Committee, and Competency-Based Education Council.
Tara's research interests include student leadership development, health and wellness coaching, and pedagogy in health education. Some of her past research projects include tobacco prevention and control on college campuses, spirituality and quality of life, and physical activity habits among adolescents. She has been teaching for 25 years: online and face-to-face. Her love for nature and being outdoors supports her active lifestyle of mountain biking, running, and hiking.