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Dr. Emmanuel John

Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Physical Therapy
Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences; Physical Therapy
Office Location: Rinker Health Science Campus 260
Phone: (714) 744-7906
Scholarly Works:
Digital Commons
University of Lagos, Bachelor of Science
Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Master of Business Admin.
Liberty University, Master of Public Health
Alabama State University, Doctor of Physical Therapy
University of Kansas, Ph.D.


Emmanuel B. John, PT, DPT, PhD, MBA is Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Therapy. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria, his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Alabama State University, his Master of Business Administration from Louisiana State University, Shreveport, and his Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science from the University Of Kansas Medical Center.

Dr. John has served as Director of the Motor Control and Neuromuscular Performance Laboratory at both Howard University’s and Radford University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy programs.  Most recently, as an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy he held the position as Director of Research, School of Physical Therapy, Touro University Nevada.  He brings to Chapman a rich history as a clinician and academic, an international perspective on healthcare, and an extensive record of national and international professional service. 

Dr. John’s research spans four areas:  effects of age, gender, neurological lesions on the sense of motor effort; effects of virtual reality rehabilitation and robotic rehabilitation interventions on sense of motor efforts; 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.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

John EB. A Vision for Nigeria’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. A Keynote Address to the Nigeria DPT Entry-Level Program Stakeholders Conference, hosted/organized by the Medical Rehabilitation Therapists (Registration) Board of Nigeria, at the Conference Center of the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Yaba, lagos, Nigeria, July 4-5, 2018.
John EB. Establishing and Upgrading African Physiotherapy Education through Collaborative Partnerships with Resource Rich Countries. Plenary Session presentation during the 9th Biennial Conference of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, Africa Region, Nairobi, Kenya, June 6-9, 2012.