Sonia Tinsley

Contributing Faculty
College of Health Sciences and Public Policy
B.S. Public Health

Dr. Tinsley has spent over twenty-five years in education, twenty of which have been in higher education teaching in the field of health education. Dr. Tinsley’s education includes a B.S. from Louisiana State University, M.Ed. in Health Promotion from Northwestern State University and a Ph.D. in Health Studies from Texas Woman’s University. Over the years, Dr. Tinsley has made numerous presentations in regard to coordinated school health, teacher stress, and female college athletes and stress. She has secured funding to implement coordinated school health initiatives in the state of Louisiana and worked to provide professional development for physical education teachers in Oklahoma. Dr. Tinsley has received several distinguished awards over the years for her teaching and service to the profession of health education. In 2011, she was named the College Health Educator of the Year for the Southern District of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Areas of research include teacher stress, college athletes and stress, worksite wellness and coordinated school health. Dr. Tinsley joined Walden’s faculty in 2011, teaching courses in the B.S. in Health Sciences program.

Courses Taught

HLTH 1000 - Concepts of Health Promotion

HLTH 4360 - Stress Management and Wellness


BS, Louisiana State University

MEd, Northwestern State University

PhD, Texas Woman's University

Public Service

YWCA of Alexandria, Volunteer - Alexandria

Awards / Honors

Southern District Health, Physical Education, , 2011

Louisiana Health, Physical Education, Recreation, , 2009

Excellence in Teaching Northwestern State University, , 2009


Tinsley, S. C. (2018). Best Practices for Classroom Management in a Physical Education Class. Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance

Tinsley, S. (2018). Effects of High-Intensity Physical Activity on Preadolescents’ Reading Achievement. Society of Health and Physical Educators

Tinsley, S. (2017). Physical Activity + Healthy Diet = Academic Achievement. Northeastern State University, College of Education and Kappa Delta Pi

Tinsley, S., Gallien, T. L. (2013). A diet and physical activity initiative in a rural area. . American Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance