- Bachelor of Science, Nursing, Southern Illinois University
- Master of Arts, Exercise Science and Health Promotion, University of Iowa
- Master of Science, Nursing, University of Texas at Austin
- Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Nursing, University of Utah
Dr. Talken is an associate professor (clinical) at the University of Utah, College of Nursing. She has worked as a family nurse practitioner at the University of Utah Student Health Center (SHC, a College of Nursing Faculty Practice site) since 2005. In addition to patient care, Dr. Talken leads the clinic’s quality improvement and peer review initiatives. She also oversees the clinic’s rolling patient satisfaction survey. She precepts family and women’s health nurse practitioner students and teaches in the primary care practicum courses. Last but not least, she serves on two College of Nursing committees and one Department of Student Affairs committee.