Chad Cook comes onto the show for a discussion on an overview of U.S. and International Ph.D programs in which he discusses why someone should pursue a terminal degree (Ph.D, Ed.D or DSc), how Ph.D programs are generally structured in the U.S. and other countries, what the similarities and differences between U.S. and International programs, salary considerations for the research route in PT, how to get involved with and be successful with international education, his thoughts on makes a top educator, what U.S and International programs can take from each other, and more!


Dr. Chad 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. He is the program director of the Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.

Dr. Cook has authored or co-authored three textbooks, has published over 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts, and lectures internationally on orthopedic examination and treatment.


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


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


Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists; has specialized in manual therapy for over 18 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
  • Treasurer of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists

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

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