Professor of Psychology
James Madison University
Anne Stewart is a Professor of Graduate Psychology at James Madison University (JMU), where she has taught since 1991. Dr. Stewart is a member of the inaugural JMU “Be the Change” Hall of Fame. This initiative honors JMU faculty, students, and alumni living Gandhi’s counsel to “be the change you want to see in the world,” a belief which is manifested in Dr. Stewart’s accomplishments in teaching, discovery, knowledge integration, and service.
Dr. Stewart invites students to use the community as their textbook, extending the classroom’s boundaries across the campus, its surrounding community, and beyond. The expectation to think deliberately about how course knowledge can impact the world has helped students develop professional identities that are theoretically grounded yet relevant to practical needs. She challenges students to cultivate an ethic of personal responsibility and social awareness as practitioners, scholars, and global citizens.
Dr. Stewart promotes resilience and attachment in children through projects around the world, including Sri Lanka and India following the tsunami. Dr. Stewart designed and implemented programs addressing psychosocial problems resulting from landmines in Lebanon, Jordan, Bosnia, Vietnam, and Mozambique. She served as a consultant following Hurricane Katrina, the 9/11 attacks, the Virginia Tech shootings, and central Virginia earthquake. Along with colleagues and students, she provided play-based therapeutic services to children of deployed Virginia National Guard soldiers. Her writings include Creative Crisis Intervention Techniques with Children and Families and Suddenly Military: Play-based Interventions for Deployed National Guard and Reserve Families.
She is the founder and president of the Virginia Association for Play Therapy and recipient of the national play therapy Distinguished Service Award, the JMU “All Together One” Award, the College Award for Distinguished Service, and the Virginia Counselor’s Association “Humanitarian and Caring Person” Award.
Dr. Stewart received her B.A. from Purdue University, M.A.T. from DePauw University, and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, completing her pre-doctoral internship with an appointment as a Clinical Fellow in Psychology at the Harvard Medical School. She, her spouse, and two children reside in Harrisonburg.View Nomination Packet
"By enthusiastically sharing my knowledge and having the courage to make mistakes, I acknowledge the vulnerability we all have as learners. My belief in the power of the knowledge we encounter, coupled with the power of our interactions to resonate beyond the moment, informs and strengthens my actions in the classroom."