James Madison University

About the College

Welcome From the Dean

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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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Students help with school health fair

May 16, 2017

This semester, students from the occupational therapy (OT), physician assistant (PA), dietetics, nursing and cognitive psychology programs helped host the Stone Spring Elementary Health and Wellness Fair.

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JMU graduates develop MyTime app to serve caregivers

April 28, 2017

After winning $10,000 from a Hack event to develop technology that will improve the health of caregivers, a team of JMU graduates comes closer to finishing their app, MyTime.

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Kinesiology brings inclusive sports to students

April 13, 2017

JMU is leading the way in adapted sports and inclusive recreation education, due in part to the work of kinesiology professor Cathy McKay, who was inspired to organize the Paralympic Skill Lab.