J. Megan Irwin (she/her/hers)

Visiting Assistant Professor

Address: Silcox Center, 314
Phone: (843) 953-3047
E-mail: irwinmm@cofc.edu


  • 2017- 2019 Postdoctoral Research Associate University of South Carolina Child Development Research Center & Department of Physical Education
  • 2017 D. Kinesiology (Motor Behavior) Auburn University
  • 2013 S. Exercise and Sport Science (Movement Studies in Disability) Oregon State University
  • 2009 S. Exercise Science (Minors: Biology, Psychology) Appalachian State University

Research Interests

  • Promotion of motor skill competence, physical activity, and health-related fitness in pediatric populations (including children with disabilities)
  • Movement instruction and instructional climates
  • Adapted and inclusive community-based movement programming

Courses Taught

  • EXSC 235 Motor Skill Behavior 
  • EXSC 210 Cardiovascular Assessment and Exercise Prescription 
  • PEHD 222L Skill Development in Lifetime Activities 
  • PEHD 223 Analysis and Conduct of Team Sports 
  • PEHD 342 Techniques and Strategies of Coaching 


Rech, J.P., Irwin, J.M., Rosen, A.B., Baldwin, J., & Schenkelberg, M. (In-review). Comparison of physical activity between children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their typically developing peers: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly. 

De Meester, A., Barnett, L. M., Brian, A., Bowe, S.J., Jimenez-Diaz, J., Van Duyse, F., Irwin, J.M., Stodden, D.F., D’Hondt, E., Lenoir, M., Haerens, L. (2020). The relationship between actual and perceived motor competence in children, adolescents and young adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Sports Medicine

Buchanan, A. M., Miedema, B. J., Rudisill, M. E., Johnson, J., Bridges, C., Irwin, J. M., ... & Pangelinan, M. (2019). “The Stomp and Catch Was Too Easy!” Children’s and Teachers’ Perceptions of Inclusive High and Low Autonomy Motor Skills Instruction. The Physical Educator76(3).

Brian, A., De Meester, A., Klavina, A., Irwin, J. M., Taunton, S., Pennell, A., & Lieberman, L. J. (2019). Exploring children with visual impairments’ physical literacy: A preliminary investigation of autonomous motivation. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education