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James Madison University
PHOTO: Twylla M. Kirchen

Dr. Twylla M. Kirchen

Program Director, Occupational Therapy

  • Office: HBS 2052
  • Phone: 540-568-8170
  • Email:
  • Mailing Address:
    MSC 4301
    235 Martin Luther King Jr Way
    Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807


  • Ph.D., Occupational Therapy, Texas Woman’s University
  • M.S., Occupational Therapy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno Nevada

Teaching Area

  • Pediatrics for Occupational Therapists
  • Neuroscience Lab
  • Occupational Therapy Tutorial


  • Adaptation of Veterans to Long-term Care
  • Transition of Veterans from Active Duty to Civilian Sector (to include becoming a JMU student)
  • Therapeutic Gardening
  • Leadership Development of Clinicians
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration to Strengthen the Profession of Occupational Therapy


  • My dog, Gretta
  • Exercise-running
  • Reading
  • Surviving two teenagers:)



Accreditation, Student Outcomes, an Certification