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Grad Student Seeks to Serve Diverse Populations in Schools

Through the Cultural Competency Practitioner Initiative (CCPI), the school psychology program equips students with the necessary skills to be advocates for children and families from a variety of ethnicities and cultures.

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PHOTO: Matthew SwainGraduate Student Earns Internship

March 19, 2014

During this past summer, Matthew Swain, a doctoral student in Assessment and Measurement at James Madison University, served as an intern in the Louisville, Kentucky office of the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO).

PHOTO: Debbie StrumIBAVI Presents Award

November 18, 2013

Dr. Craig Shealy, Professor of Graduate Psychology and Executive Director of the International Beliefs and Values Institute or IBAVI,†and members of the IBAVI Executive Board,†presented Agnes Kamara-Umunna, journalist, radio producer/presenter, and community activist, with the Sustainable Vision and Values award.

PHOTO: JMU studentsAssessment & Measurement Ph.D. and Psychological Sciences M.A. Students and Faculty Present at NERA Conference

November 13, 2013

A total of 29 JMU graduate students, faculty, and alumni traveled to the Northeastern Educational Research Association's (NERA) annual conference in October 2013.

PHOTO:JMU StudentThe CSPA Experience

November 6, 2013

The College of Health and Behavioral Studiesí inaugural Interprofessional Education Seminar brought together students and faculty from the school psychology, school counseling, occupational therapy, speech language pathology and nursing programs for a day of education and collaboration.


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    DC-Maryland-VA: Alumni Online Speed Networking
  • May 9-10
    Commencement Ceremonies
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  • May 20
    Richmond, VA: Alumni Networking Event
  • Dr. JoAnne Brewster has been named the 2013 recipient of The Eileen Gupton Award for Early Career Contributions in Police and Public Safety Psychology by Division 18 Police and Public Safety Section.
  • Dr. Sara Finney has been selected to serve on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Educational Psychology. The main purpose of this APA journal is to publish original, primary psychological research pertaining to education across all ages and educational levels. The Journal of Educational Psychology is considered the “top” Educational Psychology journal (ranked by impact factor) and has an ~83% rejection rate (% of submitted manuscripts not accepted for publication in the journal). Sara will review ~10 articles per year during her two-year term on the Board. Sara also serves on the Editorial Board for the journal Educational and Psychological Measurement.
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Welcome to the Department of Graduate Psychology and Counseling! Our department offers eight graduate programs designed for individuals who want to pursue advanced study in psychology or counseling. These programs share the goals of academic enrichment, development of research and applied skills, and personal and professional growth. More >