Dr. Terhune received a B.S. in anthropology and a B.A. in biology from the College of Charleston in 2002. She went on to graduate school at Arizona State University where she received her M.A. (2005) and Ph.D. (2010) in anthropology. In 2009, Dr. Terhune joined the Physician Assistant Program in the Duke University Medical Center, where she served as the primary instructor for Physician Assistant Anatomy and assisted in the Body and Brain course in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and was a research instructor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology. She joined the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arkansas in January 2014.