Letter from the Chair

Welcome to the Division of Occupational Therapy at the West Virginia University (WVU) School of Medicine. We’re happy that you have chosen to explore our website to learn more about the profession of occupational therapy along with our academic programs, faculty, students, and the Mountaineer experience.

The quality of your educational experience at WVU begins with our faculty, a group of student-centered experts who share a commitment to excellence in teaching, service, and research. In addition to being clinical experts and award-winning educators in their fields, our faculty are established leaders at the national, state, and local levels who serve and influence the future of occupational therapy in a rapidly changing healthcare environment.

Occupational therapy students at WVU receive the benefits of hands on classroom, community, and clinical experiences that develop the competence and confidence necessary to achieve career goals. As part of the School of Medicine, occupational therapy students have access to an abundance of inter-professional learning activities as well as educational resources that include a cutting edge acute care simulation lab, anatomy lab cadaver dissection, a faculty practice clinic, and current tools for assessment and intervention. As part of an R1 designated research institution by the Carnegie Institute, occupational therapy faculty and students have the opportunity to collaborate on innovative projects that improve our knowledge and strengthen our profession. Occupational therapy faculty at WVU currently serve as principal investigators on more than one million dollars of grant funded research and service projects.

The WVU Occupational Therapy Program has a proud past that has produced highly respected clinical experts, rehabilitation administrators, university faculty members, and scholars. While proud of our achievements, I am confident that our future will be even brighter as we continue to explore and implement educational best practices, invest in our facilities and equipment, expand our partnerships, and increase our educational offerings to include both masters and doctoral (developing, pre-candidacy) entry-level clinician pathways. All of this at a tuition friendly university in a vibrant college town recognized as among the best small cities in the United States.

Please explore our program and university web pages to learn more about our program and becoming part of Mountaineer nation. If you have questions, you can reach out to me directly at swheeler@hsc.wvu.edu or you can contact our Vice Chair Dr. Diana Davis at dmdavis@hsc.wvu.edu.

Steven Wheeler, PhD, OTR/L, CBIS
Professor and Chair, Occupational Therapy
West Virginia University School of Medicine