Clinical Assistant Professor
School of Occupational Therapy
Kirsten Wilbur has been a practicing occupational therapist for more than 25 years. She has extensive knowledge in the areas of older adult rehabilitation in sub-acute and skilled nursing facilities. Among her work, she has conducted research on the effect of occupational therapy on food intake, satisfaction, and participation in group dining programs among institutionalized older adults. She is also working on her doctoral capstone, researching occupational therapy as a career choice by high school students of color. Wilbur teaches courses covering social and cultural awareness and the meaning of occupation, health care management, and occupational therapy in mental health, as well as supervising off-site student lead mental health clinics. With her students, Wilbur has studied topics such as: needs assessment of homeless male veterans, cognitive rehabilitation kits for adults with executive function deficits, and culturally adapted practices used by OT practitioners in work rehabilitation settings.
B.A., Luther College, 1983; B.S., M.S., University of Puget Sound, 1985, 2008; Ed.D., University of Washington