James Madison University

About the College

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.

History

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: Rachel Gregory

Dietetics graduate turns thesis into successful career

September 20, 2018

“It’s scary not going the traditional route - getting a full-time job with benefits and financial stability. But, I think the risk is definitely worth it if you’re willing to put in the work.” 

PHOTO: Cathy McKay

Kinesiology professor wins educator award

September 17, 2018

Kinesiology professor, Cathy McKay, has been recognized as the College/University Health Educator of the Year by the Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (VAHPERD).

PHOTO: Julie Sanford

JMU School of Nursing director testifies before Congress

July 12, 2018

Julie Sanford testified before the U.S. Senate on the growing shortage of healthcare professionals in rural areas and potential solutions to fill this critical, national need.