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Joan Sauvigne-Kirsch

Director of Fieldwork/Experiential Education and Clinical Associate Professor
Division of Occupational Therapy

Email:     joan.sauvigne-kirsch@wne.edu
Phone:   413-782-1425
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 Section, and has created a pediatric virtual chat and a position paper to support OTs as school leaders.  She received the AOTA award of Merit in 1997 for developing a Virginia state level fieldwork coordinators professional support group, and an AOTA Service commendation in 2018 for co-presenting the virtual chat on School Leadership.   She is also active in the Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association’s government affairs committee.

Hobbies and other interests include competitive and recreational sailing, swimming, exercise, travel, cooking, spending quality time with family and friends.