Dr. Walch was excited to join UND in 2012 and get closer to family as she was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children, traveling, playing golf and curling.
KIN 529: Exercise Psychology
MPH 541: Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health
PHE 101: Introduction to Public Health
PHE 102: Epidemiology in Public Health
PHE 301: Principles and Foundations of Health Education
PHE 303: Organization and Administration of Community Health Programs
PHE 304: Health Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation
PHE 415: Public Health Internship
Dr. Walch's research centers on understanding and improving health outcomes in youth.
Specifically, her passion is to examine the influences on physical activity, sedentary behavior, and healthful eating in youth. Recently, Dr. Walch became the North Dakota Special Olympics Health Promotion Clinical Director. She looks forward to helping athletes improve their health and fitness leading to enhanced sprots experience and improved well-being.
Since 2015, Dr. Walch has worked with the Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico to implement the Healthy Opportunities for Physical Activity and Nutrition (HOP'N) Home program. The HOP'N Home program teaches children, their parents and providers about small changes to their routines to improve the health and wellness. For a press release see: https:caasnm.org/2015/08/18/caasnm-receives-122000-from-the-paso-del-norte-health-foundation-to-provide-nutritional-education-to-preschoolers/
Dooley FL, Kaster T, Fitzgerald JS, Walch TJ, Annandale M, Ferrar K, Lang JJ, Smith JJ, Tomkinson GR. (2020). A systematic analysis of temporal trends in the handgrip strength of 2,216,320 children and adolescents between 1967 and 2017 representing 19 countries. Sports Medicine, 50: 1129-1144. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40279-020-01265-0
Kaster T, Dooley FL, Fitzgerald JS, Walch TJ, Annandale M, Ferrar K, Lang JJ, Smith JJ, Tomkinson GF (2020). Temporal trends in the sit-ups performance of 9,939,289 children and adolescents between 1964 and 2017. Journal of Sport Sciences doi:1080/02640414.2020.1763764
Pinoniemi BK, Tomkinson GR, Walch TJ, Roemmich JN, Fitzgerald JS. (2020) Temporal Trends in the Standing Broad Jump Performance of United States Children and Adolescents. Research Quarterly in Exercise Science. Feb 13:1-11 doi: 10.1080/02701367.2019.1710446
Barry AM, Lyman KJ, Dicks ND, Landin KD, McGeorge CR, Hackney KJ, Walch TJ. (2019). Firefighters’ Physical Activity and Waist Circumference as Predictors of VO2max. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 61(10):849-853
Leitch BA, Wilson PB, Ufholz K, Roemmich JN, Orysiak J, Walch TJ, Short SE, Fitzgerald JS. (2019). Vitamin D Awareness and Intake in Collegiate Athletes. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000003240
Dicks ND, Lyman KJ, Hackney KJ, Walch TJ, Barry AM. (2019) An Occupational Specific O2max Protocol for Structural Firefighters. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 61(5): 405-409.
Southard KJ, Rhoades JL, Whitehead JR, DeShaw AM, Walch TJ. (2018) A signage intervention decreases inactive study breaks in college students. American Journal of Health Studies. 33(1): 52-60
Barry AM, Rhoades JL, Fitzgerald J, Caine D, Dalin D, Walch TJ. (2017) Effect of sedentary and physical activities on children’s food choice. International Journal of Exercise Science. 10(5): 702-712.
Walch TJ, Rosenkranz RR, Schenkelberg MA, Fees BS, Dzewaltowski DA (2020). Parent adoption and implementation of obesity prevention practices through building children’s asking skills at family child care. Evaluation and Program Planning. 80 (June 2020). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2020.101810
Anderson, C., Walch, T ., Lindberg, S., Smith, A., Lindheim, S., Whigham, L., (2015). Excess Gestational Weight Gain in Low-Income Overweight and Obese Women: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 47 (5).
Bopp, M., Hastmann, T. , Norton, A., (2013). Active commuting among K-12 Educators: A Study Examining Walking and Biking to Work. Journal of Environmental and Public Health. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/162731
Hastmann, T. , Foster, K., Rosenkranz, R., Rosenkranz, S., Dzewaltowski, D., (2012). Effect of adult leader participation on physical activity in children. Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2(4) 429-435.
2017 - Inducted into the University of Nebraska-Omaha Athletic Hall of Fame
2014 - Most Read Manuscript from Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
2014 - 20 Most-Downloaded Articles in 2013 on Health Advance Platform - Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
2012-2013 - UND Spirit Faculty Achievement Award
PhD in Human Nutrition from Kansas State University (2011)
MPH with a Physical Activity emphasis from Kansas State University (2008)
BS in Exercise Science from University of Nebraska-Omaha (2006)