Dr. Chard is an assistant professor in the department of Health and Exercise Science, with the Graduate Program in Public Health. Her research focuses on physical activity, self-esteem and body image in adolescent girls, as well as tailoring programming using Community-based Participatory Research. Dr. Chard teaches courses including Applied Behavior Change Theory, Physical Activity in Public Health and Health Promotion Programming. She also co-founded and runs a non-profit organization for middle school students called Smart Fit Girls.

Originally from Denver, she has many years of experience in health behavior change and wellness coaching. She values living an active lifestyle, as well as her close network of family and friends. She loves spending time with her growing family (which includes her husband, 18 month old and new baby on the way).