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Dr. Emmanuel B. John Named Dean, Myers School of Nursing and Health Professions

September 27, 2022
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York College of Pennsylvania has named Dr. Emmanuel B. John as Dean of the Dr. Donald E. and Lois J. Myers School of Nursing and Health Professions. He will begin his work at the College on Nov. 1.

John is currently Chair and Associate Professor of the Department of Physical Therapy at Chapman University in Irvine, California. Prior to that, he served as Associate Professor and Director of Research for the School of Physical Therapy at Touro University Nevada, and as an Associate Professor at Radford University in Roanoke, Va. In addition, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he also served as Director of the Motor Control and Neuromuscular Performance Laboratory.

John serves in leadership roles for a number of professional organizations, including as secretary and a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for the American Council on Academic Physical Therapy. He is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and Executive Director of the Nigeria Physiotherapy Network. 

“Dr. Emmanuel John is exactly the right person to be dean of the Myers School of Nursing and Health Professions,” said Provost Patrice DiQuinzio. “His very varied educational background and the breadth of his experience position him well to lead the Myers School in building out its Health Professions programs, to complement York College’s outstanding Nursing program. He understands that we must educate our students for health care as it will be practiced in the future. I’m really looking forward to the energy and passion that he will bring to his work at York College.”   

John earned a bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy from the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria; a Ph.D. in rehabilitation science from the University of Kansas Medical Center; a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Alabama State University, Montgomery; an MBA from Louisiana State University, Shreveport; and a Master of Public Health from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. He is a Credentialed Fellowship Graduate of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Educational Leadership Institute.

His research spans four areas: the effects of age, gender, and neurological lesions on the sense of motor effort; the effects of virtual reality rehabilitation and robotic rehabilitation interventions on the sense of motor efforts; the effects of discharge destinations and socioeconomic factors on motor function recovery after stroke; and the impact of brain-drain on physical therapy education in developing countries.