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: Maci Letsky

An internship helping children on the autism spectrum

April 19, 2019

Senior CSD major Maci Letsky completed immersive internships during two consecutive summers with Massachusetts General Hospital Aspire, a pediatric specialty program for children on the autism spectrum.

PHOTO: Paint Team

CCN: a canvas of intergenerational caring

March 19, 2019

Students who participate in the Caregivers Community Network – a collaboration between Valley Program for Aging Services (VPAS) and JMU  - are finding that art is a fun way to ‘connect, create, and contribute.’

PHOTO: Tim Howley in classroom

Students create healthcare podcasts

March 13, 2019

Sometimes professors will assign final projects instead of giving exams. For health sciences professor Tim Howley, that project was to present research comparing the U.S. healthcare system to one from another country using podcasts as the presentation tool.