College of Health and Behavioral Studies


Academic Units


Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Dr. Cynthia O'Donoghue, Academic Unit Head


Department of Graduate Psychology
Dr. Robin Anderson, Academic Unit Head


Department of Health Sciences
Dr. Paula Maxwell, Interim Academic Unit Head


Department of Kinesiology
Dr. Christopher J. Womack, Academic Unit Head


Department of Nursing
Dr. Julie Sanford, Academic Unit Head


Department of Psychology
Dr. Kevin J. Apple, Interim Academic Unit Head


Department of Social Work
Dr. Lisa E. McGuire, Academic Unit 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 aspires to excellence in discovery and real-world impact on the health and well-being of individuals and communities that we serve.



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


Scholarship & Professional Development

We participate actively in research and continual professional development.


  • Research refers to systematic examination of phenomena using scientific methods and includes the Scholarship of Teaching and the Scholarship of Learning as well as:
    • 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 wellbeing in a multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Professional Development includes activities designed to enhance professional knowledge and skills



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



We appreciate that salient differences exist among and between peoples, programs, disciplines and professions, and that such differences include–and influence–values, beliefs, interests, and worldview.


Engaged Learning

We raise and respond to questions with a spirit of active inquiry and discovery, both individually and collectively; engage in reflective-active approaches to new information for problem-solving; develop lifelong learning skills



We act in a manner consistent with stated personal, professional, stated college values.



We contribute expertise and energy to the needs of various constituencies (university, professional and extra-university).



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



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:






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 also on the CHBS website.