Jean Irion

Professor, Chair of Physical Therapy Physical Therapy

Dr. Jean Irion is the Chair and Program Director of the Physical Therapy Program. She comes to Emory & Henry College with over 25 years of experience as a physical therapy educator.


  • University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AK
    Ed.D., Higher Education
  • Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
    M.Ed., Physical Education-Athletic Training
    B.S., Physical Therapy
  • West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
    B.S., Physical Education, General Science Education and Athletic Training


Her primary teaching responsibilities at E&H College are in professional issues course series and therapeutic exercise components of the program related to aquatics and women’s health.


She has co-authored a women’s health textbook for physical therapists with her husband, and colleague, Dr. Glenn Irion. She has also authored several scholarly papers and textbook chapters in addition to presenting several peer reviewed platform and poster presentations at national meetings. Dr. Irion has also been an invited speaker numerous times on a local, state, regional and national level in her areas of clinical practice, particularly on women’s health, aquatic PT, occupational health and sports PT. 

Professional Experience

Her previous experience includes serving her previous institution as the Assistant Department Chair and also as an Academic Coordinator for Clinical Education (ACCE) or the Asst. ACCE for over 20 of her 25 years in PT education. Professor Irion is also a certified athletic training and has been a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy since 1992, credentialed by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). For over 32 years, Dr. Irion’s clinical practice has focused primarily in the areas of women’s health, aquatic therapy, sports PT, and occupational health.

  • Jean Irion
    Jean Irion

Contact Info

565 Radio Hill Road
Marion, VA 24354



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