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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Health and Behavioral Studies

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Dr. Sharon E. Lovell, Dean
TBD, Associate Dean
Dr. Paula J. Maxwell, Associate Dean
Dr. Linda Plitt Donaldson, Associate Dean

Phone: (540) 568-2705
MSC: 4101
Location: Health and Behavioral Studies Building, Room 5051
Website: http://chbs.jmu.edu

Academic Units

Communication Sciences and Disorders, Department of  
Dr. Cynthia O’Donoghue, Head

Health Professions, Department of  
Dr. Kirk J. Armstrong, Head

Health Sciences, Department of  
Dr. Andy Peachey, Acting Head

Kinesiology, Department of  
Dr. Janet Wigglesworth, Head

Nursing, School of  

Psychology, Department of  
Dr. Kevin J. Apple, Head

Social Work, Department of  
Dr. Lisa E. McGuire, Head

Mission, Vision and Values


We engage students, faculty and communities in learning, scholarship and service in health and behavioral studies to inspire responsible contributions to our world.


CHBS will be a leader in collaborative education, scholarship and practice that drive real world advancements.


We promote and support departments, programs and initiatives that advance a culture of excellence and uphold the following values:

Scholarship & Professional Development

Participate actively in research and continual professional development.

Research refers to systematic examination of phenomena using scientific methods and includes:

  • Basic Research–leads to understanding of fundamental questions.
  • Applied Research–relates basic research to find solutions to everyday problems.
  • Translational Research–relates basic research to professional applications that enhance human health and well-being in a multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Professional Development–includes activities designed to enhance professional knowledge and skills.

Pursue creative approaches/trends that strive toward new and effective solutions, while respecting successful traditions and established best practices.


Appreciate that salient differences, including intersectionality, among and between constituencies and create opportunities for all individuals to have a voice in CHBS endeavors.

Engaged Learning

Employ teaching and learning strategies within various curricula to foster effective thinking, discernment, discovery and lifelong learning skills.


Act in a manner consistent with stated personal, professional, college and university values.


Communicate and recognize commonalities, respect differences and search cooperatively for possibilities to engage in interprofessional and interdisciplinary work.


Respect that everyone has a role to play in achieving the CHBS vision. This shared purpose can be achieved while valuing each other’s contributions.


In and beyond our college, impact-driven interactions feature trust, respect, mutuality, service and associations inclusive of multiple viewpoints.

Majors and Minors

Students may select from a variety of majors, minors, programs and concentrations that are available through the departments in the College of Health and Behavioral Studies. Programs offered include the following:


  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Dietetics
  • Health Sciences
  • Health Services Administration
  • Kinesiology
    • Exercise Science
    • Physical and Health Education Teacher Education
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Social Work


  • Chronic Illness
  • Coaching Education
  • Family Studies
  • Gerontology
  • Nonprofit Studies
  • Sport Communication
  • Substance Abuse Education

Cross Disciplinary Programs, Outreach Programs, Partnerships, Academic Centers and Institutes

The College of Health and Behavioral Studies places a high value on partnerships with the community. These partnerships and our outreach programs are integral to our academic programs and assist us in meeting our responsibility to participate in efforts to enhance the well-being of our community. We value the impact of experiential activities on the enrichment of student learning. Many of the programs within the college are cross disciplinary in nature, reflecting our commitment and supporting the mission of the college. Further details about these cross disciplinary programs are provided in the minors and Academic Institutes and Centers sections of the catalog and on the CHBS website.

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