Meet JMU's newest faculty


The College of Health and Behavioral Studies welcomes 22 new faculty members for the 2014-15 academic year.

Ken Critchfield

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Critchfield is originally from Heber City, Utah, but recently moved from Salt Lake City.

  • Education: Ph.D., M.S. and Honors B.S., University of Utah
  • Areas of Expertise: Interpersonal Relationships; Psychosocial Treatment of Severe Psychopathology Involving Personality Disorder and Suicide; Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy
  • Courses Teaching: Individual Psychopathology; Supervision and Consultation for Clinical Psychologists


David Julius Ford Jr.

Assistant Professor, Graduate Psychology

Ford’s hometown is Winston-Salem, N.C.

  • Education: Ph.D., counselor education and supervision, Old Dominion University; M.A., counseling, Wake Forest University; B.A., psychology, Wake Forest University
  • Areas of Expertise: African American Male College Students; Multiculturalism; Addictions; Group Counseling; Supervision; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQQIA); Persons Affected with HIV/AIDS
  • Courses Teaching: Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Group Counseling; Issues and Techniques in Research and Evaluation


Joy B. Harnage

Assistant Professor, Nursing

Harnage’s hometown is Culpeper, Va.

  • Education: Ph.D., nursing practice, George Mason University
  • Areas of Expertise: Behavioral Health Nursing; Chemical Dependency; Nursing Administration
  • Courses Teaching: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing; Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Clinical; Clinical Applications and Reasoning In Nursing
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Michelle Hesse

Assistant Professor, Health Sciences

Hesse’s hometown is Branchville, N.J.

  • Education: Dietetic Internship, Iowa State University; Ph.D., human nutrition, Ohio State University; B.S., food, nutrition and chemistry, College of St. Elizabeth
  • Areas of Expertise: Childhood Obesity Prevention; Food Services Systems; Food Purchasing Behaviors Among College Students
  • Courses Teaching: Nutrition in Wellness and Science of Food Preparation


Twylla Marie Kirchen

Assistant Professor, Health Sciences

Kirchen’s hometown is Miles City, Mont.

  • Education: Ph.D., occupational therapy, Texas Woman's University; M.S., occupational therapy, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; B.A., psychology, University of Nevada
  • Areas of Expertise: Veterans; Adaptation; Long-term Care
  • Courses Teaching: Neuroscience Lab and Pediatrics 

Allen Nelson Lewis Jr.

Associate Professor, Department Head, Health Sciences

Lewis was born in Newport News, Va., but currently lives in Richmond, Va.

  • Education: Ph.D. and M.S., Virginia Commonwealth University; B.A., University of Virginia
  • Areas of Expertise: Disability/Health Disparities; Influence of Culture on the Experience of Being Disabled; Measuring Program Outcomes; Leadership/Preparing Global Leaders
  • Courses Teaching: Beyond Discipline-based Expertise: Preparing Global Leaders; Essential Disability Knowledge for Health Science Professional; Role of Culture in Health Sciences; Program Evaluation Basics for Health Sciences

Catherine Ann McKay

Instructor, Kinesiology

McKay is from Orange, Va., but currently lives in Charlottesville, Va.

  • Education: Ed.D., The University of Virginia; M.S.Ed., Virginia Tech; B.S., Kinesiology, James Madison University
  • Areas of Expertise: Inclusive Education and Paralympic Sport, focusing on how the components of Contact Theory can support disability sport awareness; Education Curricula to Impact and Improve the Attitudes and Perceptions of students without disabilities on the inclusion of students with disabilities in physical education settings; Early Childhood Education Movement and Motor Development; Rhythms and Dance Education; Integrating Faculty and Staff into School Wide Fitness and Wellness Programs; Leadership Curriculum, specifically focused on relational leadership and aligning actions with values
  • Courses Teaching: Methods in School Health: PHETE; Measurement and Evaluation, School Health Content: PHETE; Individual and Dual Sports; Lifetime Fitness and Wellness


Lauren K. Mullen

Instructor, Nursing

Mullen’s hometown is Tampa, Fla.

  • Education: M.S.N. and B.S.N., James Madison University
  • Areas of Expertise: Nursing Education and Simulation
  • Courses Teaching: Women's Health; Fundamentals; Simulation


Karen Myers

Assistant Professor, Social Work

Myers has lived in Harrisonburg, Va., for the past 14 years.

  • Education: J.D./M.S.W., New York University
  • Areas of Expertise: Law and Social Work
  • Courses Teaching: Skills for Generalist Social Work; Social Work Practice in Micro Systems; Social Work and the Law


Virginia Quick

Assistant Professor, Health Sciences

Quick’s hometown is Hillsborough, N.J.

  • Education: Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Institute of Health/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Minnesota in the School of Public Health; Dietetic Internship, College of Saint Elizabeth; Ph.D. and B.S., nutritional sciences, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Areas of Expertise: Eating Behaviors; Disordered Eating; Body Image; Obesity; Chronic Illness Among Youth and Young Adults
  • Courses Teaching: Community Nutrition and Nutrition and Wellness


Mildred Rodríguez

Assistant Coordinator, Pre-Professional Health Programs

Rodríguez is originally from Caguas, Puerto Rico, but has lived in State College, Pa., for the past 24 years.

  • Education: Post-Doctoral Fellowship, The Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., University of Rhode Island; M.S., Western Michigan University; B.S., University of Puerto Rico
  • Areas of Expertise: Principal focus on student advising 


Joseph Wilson Tacy

Instructor, Nursing 

Tacy’s hometown is Mill Creek, W.Va. 

  • Education: Ph.D. Candidate, The University of Texas at Tyler; M.S.N., nursing education, James Madison University; A.S.N., nursing, Davis and Elkins College; B.A., West Virginia University
  • Areas of Expertise: Nurse Technology; Technostress in Nursing Faculty; Nursing Education

Other new faculty in the College of Health and Behavioral Studies:

Patricia S. Brandon


Chauncy T. Brinton


Maleka S. Brown


Erika Collazo

Health Sciences

Nicholas A. Curtis


Erin Kamarunas

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Daisha Merritt

Health Sciences

Holly G. Robedeau


Melanie Lee Shoup-Knox


Greg Young



Aug. 28, 2014

Published: Thursday, August 28, 2014

Last Updated: Thursday, October 20, 2016

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