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Tara Gallien

Academic Coordinator

College of Health Professions

School of Health Sciences

Degree Program B.S. Health Studies

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.

Courses Taught

HLTH 4380 - Strategies for Health Communication and Wellness

HLTH 4360 - Stress Management and Wellness

HLTH 4340 - Fit and Well: Core Concepts in Exercise Science


PhD, Texas Woman's University - Denton, TX United States

MEd, Northwestern State University - Natchitoches, LA

BA, University of Alaska, Fairbanks - Fairbanks, AK

AAS, University of Alaska, Fairbanks - Fairbanks, AK


Varkey, S., Smirnova, O., Gallien, T. L. (2018). Using an Engaged Scholarship Symposium to Change Perceptions: Evaluation Results. Journal of Extension.

Houston Staples, A., Gallien, T. L., Martin, R., Lee, J., Cremeens-Matthews, J. (2017). How restaurant and bar owners view clean indoor air legislation five years after implementation in North Carolina, 2015. Tobacco Prevention & Cessation3.

Kim, J., Gallien, T. L. (2014). Childcare arrangements and infant feeding practices by family structure and household income among U.S. children aged 0 to 2 years. Maternal & Child Nutrition.

Gallien, T. L., Bian, H., Kim, J., Anye, E. (2014). Existential well-being and health-related quality of life in young adults. American Journal of Health Studies.

Anye, E., Gallien, T. L., Hui, B., Moulton, M. (2013). The relationship between spiritual well-being and health-related quality of life in college students. Journal of American College Health.

Prudhomme, S., Gallien, T. L. (2013). Tobacco policies at colleges and universities housing preK – 12 laboratory schools: An exploratory study. NALS Journal.

Oomen-Early, J., Bold, M., Gallien, T. L. (2011). Using online asynchronous audio communication in higher education..

Oomen-Early, J., Bold, M., Wiginton, K. L., Gallien, T. L., Anderson, N. (2008). Using asynchronous audio communication (AAC) in the online classroom: A comparative study.. MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching.

Gallien, T. L., Oomen-Early, J. (2008). Personalized versus collective instructor feedback in the online courseroom: Does type of feedback affect student satisfaction, academic performance and perceived connectedness with the instructor? . International Journal on E-Learning.

Gallien, T. L., Moulton, M. (2004). Leisure-time physical activity behavior: Are lab school girls active?. NALS Journal.


Gallien, T. L., Lupinski, K. G., Armstrong, S. N. (2019). Manage Your Energy (not your time) Tips for Stress Reduction and Job Production. Walden University.

Varkey, S., Smirnova. O.V, Gallien, T. L. (2016). Evaluating the effect of the engaged scholarship symposium on attendees: Changing faculty and administrator perception in the promotion process.

Gallien, T. L. (2016). Developing leadership capacity in the classroom. East Carolina University.

Gallien, T. L., Golden, J. (2015). Teaching pre-professionals about health behavior theory through health coaching. Poster presentation. North Carolina Society for Public Health Education.

Gallien, T. L., Golden, J., Knight, S. (2014). Changing Lifestyle Behavior: University Evaluating Health Coaching in the Community. Engagement Scholarship Consortium.

Gallien, T. L., Golden, J. (2014). Creating Change: Transferring Classroom Theory into Community Practice. Engagement Scholarship Consortium.

Gallien, T. L. (2015). Health and wellness coaching: Beyond telling patients what to do. Kinesiology Professional Association, University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Gallien, T. L., Prudhomme, S. (2014). An Exploration of Tobacco Policies at Colleges and Universities Housing PreK - 12 Schools: Identifying Barriers and Aids to Passage of Policy. Society for Public Health.

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.

Gallien, T. L., Elwood-Brown, M., B, L. (2010). Fresh campus: A branded, student-led campaign to create 100% tobacco-fee policies on Louisiana campuses. American College Health Association.

Elwood-Brown, M., Gallien, T. L., Bro, L. (2010). The Louisiana tobacco-free college initiative: A comprehensive tobacco prevention and control college initiative in Louisiana. American College Health Association.