Chad Cook, PT, PhD, MBA, FAPTA

Dr. Chad Cook

Director of Clinical Research Facilitation


Phone: 919-684-8905

Office: Wing B, #230


Dr. Cook is a clinical researcher, physical therapist, and profession advocate with a 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 three textbooks, has published over 250 peer-reviewed manuscripts, and lectures internationally on orthopedic examination and treatment.


  • Certificate, Chronic Pain Management, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, 2015 – 2017

  • Ph.D., Consumer Economics, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, 2003

  • MBA, Global Management, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona, 1999

  • BS, Physical Therapy, Maryville University, St. Louis, Missouri, 1990


  • PT712 and PT722: Health Policy and Management Courses

  • PT724: Evidence-Based Practice Series

  • PT725: Duke-UNC Research Elective


Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists; has specialized in manual therapy for over 19 years.


  • Primarily interested in examination and conservative or surgical treatment of orthopedic-related conditions.

  • Senior Associate Editor for the British Journal of Sports Medicine

  • Special Topics Editor for the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy

Recent publications

Awards and honors

  • Catherine Worthingham Fellow- American Physical Therapy Association, 2019

  • Pauline Cerasoli Lecturer - American Physical Therapy Association, 2017

  • 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