J. Kyle Covington, PT, DPT, PhD

Dr. Kyle Covington

Director of Assessment and Program Evaluation

Phone: 919-684-9598

Office: 311 Trent Drive

Email: kyle.covington@duke.edu

Dr. Covington is a neurologic physical therapist and 2004 graduate of the DPT program. He joined the faculty in 2007. After completing his PhD in Educational Research and Policy Analysis at North Carolina State University, he now serves as the DPT program’s director of assessment and evaluation. Dr. Covington's experience as a neurologic PT is utilized in the classroom during our foundational examination and neurologic practice management course work.

Dr. Covington's research interests include professional curricular formation and assessment, collaborative student learning, and professional development of physical therapists.


  • PhD, Educational Research and Policy Analysis, North Carolina State University, 2015

  • DPT, Duke University, 2004

  • BS, Health & Exercise Science, Wake Forest University, 2001


  • PT 605: Professional Development I

  • PT 704: Neurologic Practice Management I

  • PT 713: Professional Development II

  • PT 804: Professional Development III


Dr. Covington has been board certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists as Neurologic Clinical Specialist since 2007. His regular clinical practice duties within the Duke Health System at the multidisciplinary Neuromuscular Disorders Clinic.


Dr. Covington's research focuses on team-based models of early clinical education curricula for physical therapy student; team-based models of inter-professional clinical education; physical therapists’ conceptions of movement in their practice and expertise development; and the use of assessment and evaluation strategies in professional and inter-professional education.

Recent publications

Awards and honors

  • American Physical Therapy Association education section Adopt-a-Doc award, 2014

  • APTA Emerging Leader award, 2011

  • NCPTA delegate to the APTA House of Delegates, 2006-2014