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: Sarah Paynter in Xlab

Paynter uses analysis, creativity and precision to tell a story

October 9, 2019

Distinguished alumna Sarah Paynter (’17) has made the most of her experiences since leaving JMU, demonstrating what it means to follow a passion and contribute to the world.

PHOTO: Linda Plitt Donaldson

CHBS welcomes new associate dean and director of IIHHS

October 7, 2019

JMU welcomes professor Linda Plitt Donaldson to the College of Health and Behavioral Studies (CHBS) as Associate Dean of CHBS and Director of the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services (IIHHS).

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.