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Dr. Tara Peterson

Tara Peterson


College of Health and Human Sciences

School of Health Sciences

Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.3506
Office: 362 Health and Human Sciences Building
Pronouns: she/her/hers


Tara Peterson, originally from Bristol, Connecticut, joined the Athletic Training faculty at Western Carolina University in January of 2013. Since that time, she has taught in a variety of classes in both the Undergraduate and Master of Science in Athletic Training Programs. Her contemporary expertise revolves around orthopedics and rehabilitation as well as transgender healthcare. She is also the primary anatomy instructor and runs the Cadaver Anatomy lab for the School of Health Sciences. Additionally, Tara became the Coordinator of Clinical Education in the fall of 2017 and continues to hold that position at this time.<br> <br>Prior to coming to WCU Tara gained clinical experience as an athletic trainer in the secondary school, collegiate, and professional settings. She previously worked at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, Barton College in Wilson, NC, Buchholz High School in Gainesville, FL, and spent three years as an assistant athletic trainer in the WNBA with both the Connecticut Sun and the Minnesota Lynx. In addition, she spent twelve summers as an athletic for the Smoky Mountain Running Camp in Asheville, NC and worked on the medical staff for USA Field Hockey’s National Festival for over ten years.


  • EDD, Northeastern University, Education: Organizational Leadership
  • MS, University of Florida, Applied Physiology and Kinesiology
  • BS, University of New England, Athletic Training Education

Teaching Interests

Orthopedic Assessment & Treatment<br>Patient-Centered Care/Cultural Competence<br>Cadaver Anatomy

Research Interests

Transgender Healthcare

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