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Welcome From the Dean

PHOTO:Sharon Lovell

The College of Health and Behavioral Studies encourages the exploration of our personal, social and institutional wellbeing, recognizing how urgently the scholarship of today must inform the practices of tomorrow. Preparing students to recognize and understand the contributions they may offer for health and human services, businesses, governments, innovative community agencies and the advance of knowledge in the 21st century, the college's programs foster interdisciplinary and interprofessional opportunities for inquiry, critical reflection, research and practice.

Dr. Sharon Lovell
Dean of the College of Health and Behavioral Studies.


The College of Health and Behavioral Studies, launched on July 1, 2012, brings heightened visibility and emphasis to the academic programs that contribute so vitally to the needs of the surrounding community, the Commonwealth, the nation and the world for the enlightened leadership, scholarship and professional practice that will serve our systems of healthcare, business, government, education, research & development, and investments in community life.  The College heralds a strong and enduring focus on the singular and the interconnected strengths of our faculty in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Nursing, Psychology and Social Work  Both undergraduate and graduate education in these growing and essential fields represent the promise of outstanding accomplishments by CHBS faculty and students.



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PHOTO: Claire Lyons

Claire Lyons receives General Education Distinguished Teacher Award

February 20, 2018

Psychology professor Claire Lyons has been awarded the General Education Distinguished Teacher Award in recognition of her dedicated service and ability in teaching students.


CHBS faculty awards for 2018 announced

February 13, 2018

Congratulations to our 2018 faculty awards recipients! A reception will be planned for April and additional details will be coming soon regarding the event.

PHOTO: Katie deMuth

Kinesiology student completes Kennedy Krieger Institute internship

February 7, 2018

At the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Katie deMuth shadowed multiple therapists, which helped her to become more familiar with occupational therapy and allowed her to observe different therapy styles.