Director of Fieldwork/Experiential Education and Clinical Associate Professor
Division of Occupational Therapy
Office: Blake Law Center Room 221
- BS in Kinesiology and BA in Psychology, Rutgers University
- MS in Occupational Therapy, Columbia University
- Ed.D in Educational Leadership, Southern Connecticut State University
Joan Sauvigne-Kirsch is the founding Director of Fieldwork/Experiential Education at Western New England University’s, Division of Occupational Therapy. In this position on the division’s leadership team, she has worked towards accreditation, creating affiliations with clinical sites across the country, and assisted with faculty recruitment and student admissions. Prior to joining the faculty at Western New England University, Dr. Sauvigne-Kirsch worked as: a clinician in the Connecticut public schools; an academic fieldwork coordinator at Shenandoah University; and a variety of other practice settings.
Dr. Sauvigne-Kirsch’s scholarly interests include occupational therapy in school leadership, state policies governing occupational therapy practice, and experiential education and assessment. She is active in the AOTA’s School Leadership Special Interest
Hobbies and other interests include competitive and recreational sailing, swimming, exercise, travel, cooking, spending quality time with family and friends.