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: brain scan

Psychology students visit Sentara RMH

January 11, 2017

Neuroscience students visit Sentara RMH Medical Center's department of radiology to see a magnetic resonance image (MRI) scan of the brain and spinal cord.

PHOTO: JMU SW students

Addressing aging

December 9, 2016

The Department of Social Work, in partnership with the community organization ElderAlliance, Inc., hosted The State of the Older Adult: The Time is Now.

PHOTO:Nancy Poe and LaShawn Spencer in Washington, DC

Social Work participates in Women's March

February 21, 2017

25 students and two faculty members from the social work department boarded a bus at 6 a.m. on January 21. Headed for Washington, D.C., these future social workers jumped at the chance to participate in the Women’s March on Washington.