Chad E. Cook PT, PhD, MBA, FAAOMPT

Professor, Vice Chief of Research | Program Director

Phone: (919) 684-8905
Office: Wing B, #230

Dr. Cook is a clinical researcher, physical therapist, and profession advocate with a long-term history of clinical care excellence and service. His passions include refining and improving the patient examination process and validating tools used in day-to-day physical therapist practice. Dr. Cook has authored or co-authored 3 textbooks, has published over 165 peer reviewed manuscripts and lectures internationally on orthopedic examination and treatment.

Educational History

  • 1990 BS in Physical Therapy, Maryville University, St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1999 MBA, Global Management, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona
  • 2003 PhD, Consumer Economics, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
  • 2015 – present, Certificate, Chronic Pain Management, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec


  • PT704 and PT714 The Musculoskeletal Series
  • PT712 and PT722 Health Policy and Management Courses
  • PT 622, 703, and 724. Evidence Based Practice Series


Dr. Cook is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, and has specialized in Manual Therapy for over 18 years


Dr. Cook is primarily interested in examination and conservative or surgical treatment of orthopedic-related conditions.

Dr. Cook is a Senior Associate Editor for the British Journal of Sports Medicine

Dr. Cook is a Special Topics Editor for the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy

Dr. Cook is the Treasurer of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists

Selected Publications

  • Cook CE, Landry MD, Covington JK, McCallum C, Engelhard C. Scholarly research productivity is not related to higher three-year licensure pass rates for physical therapy academic programs. BMC Med Educ. 2015 Sep 11;15(1):148.
  • Hegedus EJ, McDonough SM, Bleakley C, Baxter D, Cook CE. Clinician-friendly lower extremity physical performance tests in athletes: a systematic review of measurement properties and correlation with injury. Part 2--the tests for the hip, thigh, foot and ankle including the star excursion balance test. Br J Sports Med. 2015 May;49(10):649-56.
  • Cook C, Learman K, Houghton S, Showalter C, O'Halloran B. The addition of cervical Unilateral Posterior Anterior Mobilisation in the treatment of patients with shoulder impingement syndrome: A randomised clinical trial. Man Ther. 2014 Feb;19(1):18-24.
  • Cook CE, Sizer PS, Isaacs RE, Wright A. Clinical identifiers for detecting underlying closed cervical fractures. Pain Pract. 2014 Feb;14(2):109-16.
  • Reneker JC, Moughiman MC, Cook CE. The diagnostic utility of clinical tests for differentiating between cervicogenic and other causes of dizziness after a sports-related concussion: An International Delphi Study. J Sci Med Sport. 2014 May 17. pii: S1440-2440(14)00085-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2014.05.002. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Cook C, Learman K, O’Halloran B, Showalter C, Kabbaz V, Goode A, Wright A. Which prognostic factors for low back pain are generic predictors of outcome across a range of recovery domains. Phys Ther. 2013 Jan;93(1):32-40.
  • Cook C, Learman K, Showalter C, Kabbaz V, O’Halloran B. Early Use of Thrust Manipulation versus Non-Thrust Manipulation: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Man Ther. 2013 Jun;18(3):191-8.

Awards and Honors

  • Dorothy E. Baethke - Eleanor J. Carlin Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching (2009)
  • Williams Evans Research Fellow, University of Otago, (2012)
  • University of Newcastle, Australia, Research Fellow (2015)
  • AAOMPT/Dick Erhard Excellence in Research Award. First Author in 2011 (co-author in 2012, and 2013).
  • Jan Richardson, Excellence in Teaching Award-Duke University –(2006, 2007, 2010)
  • Helen May Bradley Career Achievement Award-Maryville University (2007)