Janeene Sibla, OTD, OTR/L

Director of Occupational Therapy


Janeene Sibla, OTD, OTR/L is a professor and the Chair of the Occupational Therapy (OT) program at the University of Mary, where she has worked for the past 16 years. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota, a master’s degree from the University of Mary, and her doctoral degree in occupational therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She is currently pursuing a second doctoral degree in higher education and leadership. Sibla’s clinical experience includes concentration in the area of mental health, with a special interest in individuals with major depression, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and abuse issues. She has extensive experience with program development, student growth and development, and leadership. Sibla was a participant in Fellowship in Leadership Development for Program Directors in 2010. 

Under Sibla’s direction, the university opened the first OT program in the state of Montana, located in Billings, in 2013, and a third location was opened in 2018 in Fargo, ND. In addition, the Occupational Therapy program transitioned to the entry-level doctorate program at all locations, making it the first doctorate level OT education in the states of North Dakota and Montana. In her free time, Sibla enjoys reading, flower gardening, and spending time with her family and friends.