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: 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.

PHOTO: Commencement Speaker

Social Work student chosen as student speaker for commencement

May 1, 2018

“I’m just so endlessly grateful to be here and to be part of this community—and to be able to hopefully contribute to the university as student speaker is the biggest honor.”

PHOTO: Ken Barron

Barron reflects on leading JMU's psychology learning community

April 27, 2018

When Kenn Barron founded the JMU Psychology Learning Community (PLC) in fall of 2002, there was a university-wide initiative to develop innovative engaged learning opportunities for students.