Ariane Secrest is the Public Health Program Director and Assistant Professor in the School of Exercise & Sport Science. Dr. Secrest is originally from the small town of Weimar, Texas. Following high school, she attended Texas Woman’s University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 2001. In 2003, she received a Master of Education in Health Education from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2009, she graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Behavior and a minor in Educational Research Methods from Indiana University-Bloomington. Dr. Secrest went on to serve as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health & Kinesiology at Texas A&M University-College Station from 2009-2011, then returned to health care where she practiced as an occupational therapist and biostatistician for several years. She is also a certified health education specialist (CHES). Dr. Secrest is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, American Public Health Association, and Texas Public Health Association. She enjoys serving her community as a board member of the Temple Founder Lions Club and Ronald McDonald House Charities-Temple. Dr. Secrest and her husband reside in Temple where they are members of the First Methodist Church.