With exciting advances in collaborative scholarship, education in health and behavioral studies, and reflective service in community settings, we inspire responsible contributions to our world.

Learning by doing

Do you want to be able to make smart decisions that advance science, health, fitness, behavior, and social welfare? Would you enjoy a career that expands your horizons for contributing to these areas? If so, the academic programs of the College of Health and Behavioral Studies may be perfect for you!

An audiology student conducts an exam

We prepare students through student-centered classes, community-engaged projects, and unique laboratory and field experiences. Close interactions with expert faculty, exemplary learning facilities, partnerships with local agencies and numerous international study experiences are hallmarks of our high-quality, active learning environment.

Read about students enrolled in our programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Graduate Psychology, Health Professions, Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Nursing, Psychology, and Social Work. Take a look, as well, at what students are doing through the Academic Centers and Institutes in our College: the Alvin V. Baird Attention and Learning Disabilities Center, the Empowerment3 Center, the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services, the McMillan Center for Sport Psychology, the Morrison Bruce Center, and the Motivation Research Institute.


JMU students pose with wheelchair basketball athletes.

‘The most powerful learning situations are those in which I can provide opportunities to my students in the lab and through writing. In the end, when the work is done, the students have learned skills that will translate to their academic lives and careers.’

Jessica Irons, Associate Professor of Psychology

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