Feb 02, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services

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Linda Plitt Donaldson, Director
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Location: Campbell Building, 755 Martin Luther King Jr., Way   


IIHHS is an interdisciplinary community-engaged hub that brings together students, staff, faculty, and the community to advance a culture of health and equity through education, clinical practice, research, innovative programs and advocacy.

The following centers, programs and activities connect our campus with communities while advancing scholarship and achieving exceptional learning experiences.

Alvin V. Baird Attention and Learning Disabilities Center 

Director: Trevor Stokes, stokestf@jmu.edu

The mission of the Alvin V. Baird Attention and Learning Disabilities Center is to develop and promote evidence-based interventions for children and adolescents with attention and learning challenges, while educating families, teachers, students and professionals about best practices for their assessment and treatment. Attention and learning factors are present across a range of developmental and psychological disorders, which are the focus of activities at the Baird Center. The Baird Center operates two clinics:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis - Parent Child Interaction Therapy Clinic (ABA-PCIT)

    The Applied Behavior Analysis – Parent-Child Interaction Clinic provides assessment and treatment intervention services as well as parent consultation, training and support for children with behavioral and neurodevelopmental disabilities such as autism, intellectual disability, attention deficit hyperactivity, oppositional defiant behavior, brain injury and cerebral palsy.  The clinic is staffed by JMU faculty licensed as Behavior Analysts and Clinical Psychologists who work directly with children and families and also supervise students working in the clinic programs.
  • Interprofessional Autism Clinic (IPAC)

    The Interprofessional Autism Clinic provides in-depth assessment and multi-disciplinary intervention for children ages 2-10 years old with Autism Spectrum Disorder or suspected Autism. The clinic is staffed with a licensed occupational therapist, a licensed speech and language pathologist, a licensed behavior analyst and clinical psychologist, in addition to graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in each of these academic programs. The clinic provides treatment as a simultaneous merge of methods from these disciplines while approaches are individualized to meet each child’s unique needs.

Audiology Clinic

Director: Susan Ingram, ingramsb@jmu.edu

The James Madison University Audiology Clinic (JMUAC) is part of the university’s teaching, research and community service programs.  The JMUAC, within the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and supported by the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services, provides quality hearing healthcare and education to children and adults from the JMU community and surrounding areas. Services are provided by graduate students under the direction of licensed and certified Clinical Doctors of Audiology

Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center

Director: Carmen Moreno, morenocx@jmu.edu

The Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center (AHEC) at JMU strives to improve the health of communities through education, collaboration and cooperation. It focuses on the health care needs of vulnerable populations. The AHEC fosters partnerships that utilize academic and community resources and directs these resources to health and human service gaps that exist within communities. The AHEC program has been a traditional link between academic health and human services programs and communities, utilizing student, faculty and other academic resources to the benefit of the communities. Students accepted into the AHEC Scholars program (juniors & seniors in majors with a clinical/field placement) receive additional course instruction and a stipend each semester.  Contact the Program Director for information on how to apply.

Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia

Director: Jane Wiggins, wigginjr@jmu.edu

The goal of the Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia is to reduce risk for suicide on Virginia’s college and university campuses. Specifically, this program supports the individuals and teams on each campus as they work to build the infrastructure necessary to promote mental health for all students, identify and support those with mental health concerns, and effectively respond to individuals who are at risk for suicide.

Caregivers Community Network

Director: Kathy Guisewite, guisewkf@jmu.edu

In partnership with the Valley Program for Aging Services (VPAS), Community Network (CCN) provides services, companionship and support for those who care for frail older family members. CCN also provides services for those with memory loss or Alzheimer’s disease. CCN can help to give caregivers a break and provide valuable time for attention to family concerns. Services are evidence-based and customized for each individual.

Counseling and Psychological Services

Director: Kelly Atwood, atwoodkc@jmu.edu

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is a teaching, research and service mental health clinic. CAPS offers affordable outpatient mental health services to the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County community while providing students in the Department of Graduate Psychology experience in assessment and treatment of psychological problems. CAPS is equipped to provide individual, couple, and family therapy as well as to conduct intellectual and psychological assessments across the lifespan.

Brain Injury Connections

Director: Cindy Noftsinger, noftslia@jmu.edu

Brain Injury Connections, a partnership program, implements a multi-year region-wide grant to provide case management and supportive services to families and individuals recovering from brain injuries. It assists with access to services for re-learning daily living skills and with strategies for returning to school or work.

Futuro-Latino Drug Free Communities

Program Coordinator: Onesimo Baltazar Coronoa, balta2ox@jmu.edu

Through a broad coalition of community, faith and school leaders as well as public officials, Futuro- Latino works to reduce and prevent alcohol and substance use among Latino youth throughout Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. The coalition evaluates local data to identify when and where potential underage drinking and drug use may occur and pursues a variety of environmental strategies to reduce availability and accessibility. The program supports development of youth leaders through national conferences as well as local leadership opportunities.

Healthcare for the Homeless Suitcase Clinic

Faculty Contact: Sharon Maiewski, maiewssf@jmu.edu

The Healthcare for the Homeless Suitcase Clinic provides health care at the point of contact in local shelters and human service agencies. Specifically, it provides on-site primary care services to homeless clients enrolled in local shelters while simultaneously providing case management services as needed. Staffed by a nurse practitioner and nurse case manager, this new model of healthcare delivery to homeless populations exemplifies a model of service that aims to break the cycle of homelessness by providing healthcare delivery with positive long term results.

Health Education Design Group

Director: Brent Finnegan, finne2bm@jmu.edu

The Health Education Design Group (HEDG) produces educational media in partnership with Virginia agencies and JMU programs. HEDG brings together expert research and a skilled media production team to develop creative video and online educational and training materials for health-related projects. It also works with programs and agencies to plan and coordinate conferences and other live training sessions.

Healthy Families Page County (HFPC) & Healthy Families Shenandoah County (HFSC)

Program Director: JoLynne Bartley, bartl2jx@jmu.edu

Program Manager: Yvonne Frazier, frazieyh@jmu.edu

Healthy Families programs are based on a national program model and the two that operate in IIHHS provide education, resources and support for the most vulnerable first-time parents in Page and Shenandoah Counties through voluntary home visiting services.

Gus Bus Early Learning Program

Program Director: Jolynne Bartley, bartl2jx@jmu.edu

Program Coordinator: Rachel Gagliardi, gagliarl@jmu.edu

This initiative is a mobile literacy program serving low-income neighborhoods and day care centers in Harrisonburg, Rockingham County and Page County with a customized vehicle that provides a book exchange program, story time, nutritional support and resource referral information for families in need.

Interprofessional Services for Learning Assessment 

Director: Kelly Atwood, atwoodkc@jmu.edu

The ISLA program offers diagnostic evaluation, consultation and support services for adults enrolled in a college or university. Evaluation teams consisting of professionals from clinical psychology, communication sciences, clinical neuropsychology, special education and nursing identify areas of need and design positive ways to promote meaningful learning and educational experiences.

Occupational Therapy Clinical Education Services

Interim Director: Julie Patrick Bonham, bonhamja@jmu.edu

A pediatric occupational therapy practice established to address a significant gap in locally available occupational therapy services, this clinic offers teaching, research, practice and service opportunities, and expands the interprofessional education and practice capacities of the university.

Page County Integrated PCBH Program

Director: Kelly Atwood, atwoodkc@jmu.edu

The Page county Integrated Primary Care and Behavioral Health Program is a partnership with IIHHS and Page Memorial Hospital (PMH) to integrate behavioral health and primary care services in a Rural Health clinic in Page County. This program provides interprofessional student education and training, research opportunities, and direct patient care using the integrated model. Behavioral health services include psychological testing and assessment, neuropsychological screening and testing, individual counseling and consultation with medical providers.

Precious Time Program

Faculty Director: Melissa Leisen, leisenmc@jmu.edu

Program Director: Eric Schmucker, schmuced@jmu.edu

The Claude Moore Foundation awarded this program grant funds to provide respite care to families who have special needs children. This respite program relies on students from nursing, social work, psychology, and other health and human service majors to provide caregivers with supportive assistance in meeting the demands of their family responsibilities

Shenandoah Valley Child Development Clinic

Program Director: Kim Hartzler-Weakley, hartzlkm@jmu.edu

Clinic Director: Ginger Griffin, griffigl@jmu.edu

The Shenandoah Valley Child Development Clinic (CDC) provides individualized, cross disciplinary evaluations that may include medical, social work, nursing, educational, psychological, speech/language and audiology components depending upon the specialized needs of the child/adolescent.

Children/adolescents evaluated may have developmental, educational, emotional or behavioral concerns. The CDC provides care coordination services and assists families in decisions that address their developmental, educational, emotional or behavioral concerns. Services are provided on a sliding fee scale and Medicaid/FAMIS are accepted. Training opportunities are available in the CDC for students from a variety of disciplines.

Shenandoah Valley Migrant Education Program

Program Director: Jolynne Bartley, bartl2jx@jmu.edu

Program Coordinator: Nancy Resendiz, resendnx@jmu.edu

The Migrant Education Program provides free, supplemental education services to children and youth aged 3-21 of migrant and highly mobile agricultural workers. Services include tutoring/mentoring, school readiness initiatives, dropout prevention activities, educational interpretations (Spanish/English) and facilitation of families’ stabilization in the community. The SVMEP serves as a point of contact for the Hispanic Services Council, a networking organization of agencies interested in the Latino population.

Speech-Language-Hearing Applied Laboratory

Director: Susan Ingram, ingramsb@jmu.edu

The JMU Speech-Language-Hearing Applied Laboratory, formerly referred to as the JMU Speech and Hearing Center, provides communication evaluation and treatment services to individuals with known or suspected speech and/or hearing impairments.

This center assists residents of the Shenandoah Valley ranging in age from infants to senior citizens. Hearing testing and aid advising is available for those with concerns regarding hearing. Evaluation and treatment of communication impairments, including speech, sound disorders, language impairments, voice disorders and stuttering problems, are additional services offered in the applied laboratory.

Graduate students supervised by faculty who are licensed audiologists or speech-language pathologists serve as clinicians in this lab.

Sexual Health Education Virginia (SexEdVA)

Director: Kim Hartzler-Weakley, hartzlkm@jmu.edu

Program Manager: Kati Derrick, derrickc@jmu.edu


The SexEdVA initiative is a leader in supporting adolescent sexual health through training and technical assistance, curriculum development, research, and advocacy across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Following are SexEdVA programs housed at the Institute:

  • Appalachian Replication Program (ARP) works in collaboration with schools and community organizations to equip teens, caregivers, and community members with the education and skills that allow young people to make the healthiest decisions for themselves when it comes to sex and relationships.
  • Disability Inclusive Sexual Health Network (DSHN) connects and supports youth and organizations across Virginia as they develop and test innovative projects that advance sexual health education access — improving optimal health, preventing unplanned pregnancy, and addressing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) — for youth with disabilities.
  • Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) is a broad-based and collaborative effort that emphasizes both abstinence and contraception and addresses the adulthood preparation subjects of healthy relationships, parent-child communication, educational and career success, healthy life skills, and adolescent development in order to significantly reduce the number of teen pregnancies in the Harrisonburg, Rockingham, and Page counties of Virginia.
  • Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Program (SRAE) implements strategies to build protective factors that promote healthy behaviors among young people ages 10-19 living in communities with disproportionately high rates of teen pregnancy.
  • Virginia Personal Responsibility Education Innovative Strategies (VPREIS) is a comprehensive, collaborative effort that emphasizes both abstinence and contraception and addresses the adulthood preparation subjects of healthy relationships, healthy life skills, adolescent development, and parent-child communication – all in order to increase knowledge and skills, and change behaviors among vulnerable populations.

The Health Place 

Director: Emily Akerson, akersoek@jmu.edu

The Health Place, a satellite of the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services, promotes collaborative and interprofessional health and human services that are affordable, accessible, responsive to and advance the health needs of Page County residents.

Waynesboro Outreach Program

Program Director: Onesimo Baltazar Corona, balta2ox@jmu.edu

The Waynesboro Outreach Program provides health promotion and education materials to raise awareness among Spanish speakers living in the Shenandoah River area about the impact of mercury found in the South River and South Fork Shenandoah Rivers and to provide education on how to reduce the risks associated with fish consumption.

Youth Data Survey

Director: Kim Hartzler-Weakley, hartzlkm@jmu.edu

IIHHS has been working with the community since 1996 to provide key data about local youth risk behaviors and produce information that enables the community to develop priority areas around youth issues. Every two years in the fall the survey is administered to half of all 8th, 10th, and 12th graders in Harrisonburg City and Rockingham County and a report is published in the summer following survey administration.

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