Dr. Denise Wallen is the Research Officer and Research Assistant Professor for the College of Education and Senior Fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico. During her long career in Research Administration, Dr. Wallen served in a variety of capacities in the Office of the Vice President for Research including that of Director of Research Development and Strategic Initiatives. Her areas of expertise include: strategic planning, research development, program development, training and outreach, proposal writing, evaluation, and assessment.

Dr. Wallen produced public television documentaries, including the award winning documentary “Women in Science”. She has co-authored numerous books on funding and develops and delivers training programs and workshops for proposal writing and grant administration. She has served as a proposal reviewer for federal, state, community, and international projects. Dr. Wallen is a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA). She has served on NCURA’s Board of Directors, chaired numerous committees and taskforces and serves as a Peer Reviewer and Workshop Faculty. She is a member of the European Association of Research Managers (EARMA).

Before joining the University of New Mexico, she worked for the State of New Mexico as an alternative energy planner, and as Associate Director of Development of Research and Human Services (DORAHS), a community based non-profit in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She continues to work in the community by serving on the Board of Directors of ReadWest, an adult literacy program, as well as tutoring English as a Second Language.

She holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science from City College of New York, a Masters of Public Administration and Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Thought and Sociocultural Studies from the University of New Mexico.