Kirsten Wilbur, OTR/L


Clinical Associate Professor , Occupational Therapy


Dr. Wilbur has 27 years of clinical practice experience in adult rehabilitation (acute care, out-patient, in-patient rehabilitation, and home health) and adult mental health. She has worked as a clinician and in administration in the states of Oregon and Washington.

Dr. Wilbur joined the faculty in 2009 after receiving her post-professional MSOT degree from the School of Occupational Therapy at University of Puget Sound. She served as the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator until spring 2020 and presently coordinates the Community Mental Health Clinic.  In addition to her administrative duties, Dr. Wilbur teaches foundational course content on health disparities, culturally responsive care, mental health treatment theories and frames of reference and occupational therapy’s role in the treatment of older adults.  Dr. Wilbur has presented nationally and internationally and published in peer-reviewed journals on issues related to diversifying the OT workforce, and equity and inclusion in OT/OTA programs.

Why Puget Sound

I myself am a proud graduate of the University of Puget Sound Occupational Therapy Program! Puget Sound is a special place and our OT program offers a unique graduate school experience nestled among the pines on our beautiful campus. Of particular pride is our ability to offer students clinical experiences in authentic contexts such as our community mental health and on-site pediatric and adult clinics. Additionally, our program mission and curricular design place an emphasis on collaborative learning embedded in authentic environments, and that is inclusive of diverse learners. The curriculum design offers significant learning experiences in occupation-based, client-centered care that is culturally responsive in meeting the diverse needs of clients across a variety of settings. Finally, our students can expect to receive individualized attention in this supportive and challenging program!

OT is the liberal arts

The university’s mission and vision are consistent with the values of the School of Occupational Therapy and the historical roots of OT that are rooted in social justice. I appreciate Puget Sound’s emphasis on equity and inclusion, and service to community.

Scholarly interests

Developing workforce diversity

Experiences for students and faculty of color in occupational therapy programs

Personal interests

Dr. Wilbur enjoys reading Scandinavian mysteries, multiple handcrafts, gardening, travel and trekking.


BA Luther College 1983
BS University of Puget Sound 1985
MS University of Puget Sound 2008
EDD University of Washington 2016
Health & Occupation Across Diverse Populations OT 602-A 2228
Community Behavioral Health Clinic OT 660-A 2226
Community Behavioral Health Clinic OT 760-A 2226

Contact Information

Weyerhaeuser 212