James Madison University
PHOTO: Twylla M. Kirchen

Dr. Twylla M. Kirchen

Program Director, Occupational Therapy

  • Office: HBS 2052
  • Phone: 540-568-8170
  • Email: kirchetm@jmu.edu
  • 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:)



  • 12/12/17: The department has been divided into the Department of Health Sciences and the Department of Health Professions
  • How to declare a Health Sciences Major
  • JMU Summer Hours
    Business hours from May 6 - August 16, 2013 will be Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Friday, 8:00 a.m. - noon.