About the Dean

From Dean Judy Beal

Judy Beal

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences at Simmons. Simmons has a long tradition offering academic programs in the health professions. We have been educating nurses since 1901; dietitians and physical therapists since the 1940s; nurse practitioners since 1978; nursing executives since 2008 and health professions educators since 2005.  

Our college has cutting edge curricula, an interprofessional mission and approach and faculty who are top notch scholars, researchers, clinicians and leaders in their fields.

What an exciting time pursue a degree in the health professions. With an aging society, healthcare reform and a growing interest in wellness and disease prevention, the need is great for healthcare professionals – with significant job growth projected through 2025. Our strong focus on interprofessional education is supported by the Institute of Medicine as the most effective approach to educating students for careers in the health professions. 

We embrace Simmons mission: Transformative learning that links passion with lifelong purpose. Our programs promote "a student-centered culture of learning, leading and making a difference." We transform the lives of students and patients on a daily basis. Our graduates are prepared to deliver high quality care in a complex healthcare delivery system, and will be the future leaders of healthcare.

Judy A. Beal, DNSc, RN, FNAP, FAAN
Dean and Professor
College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences