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:)



  • How to declare a Health Sciences Major
  • Health Sciences has BLACKOUT dates of September 15th and February 15th. You must be declared by September 15th to add HTH courses in the following Spring semester and by February 15th for the following Fall semester. There are NO exceptions.
  • JMU Summer Hours
    Monday – Thursday
    8:00 – 5:00
    Friday 8:00 – Noon
  • August 28
    First Day of Classes

Welcome from Health Sciences

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