J. Kyle Covington, PT, DPT, PhD

Kyle Covington
Director of Educational Innovation; Director of Post-Professional Education; Associate Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery, Core Faculty

Interprofessional Education and Care Building (IPE)

Dr. Covington is associate professor and Director of Educational Innovation and Director of Postprofessional Education for Duke University's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and Director of Duke DPT’s Faculty Development Residency program which is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residencies and Fellowships. He received his bachelor of sciences degree from Wake Forest University in Health and Exercise Science. In 2004 he graduated from Duke University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. He completed his PhD studies at North Carolina State University in 2015 focusing on Educational Research and Policy Analysis in Adult Education.

Dr. Covington has extensive experience in clinical and didactic curriculum and program development with a concentrated interest in integrated collaborative learning models. He has held several offices in the APTA North Carolina including President from 2016-2019. He has served 12 terms as a delegate to the American Physical Therapy Association’s national House of Delegates. He is an elected member of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Board of Directors and is the Vice Speaker of the APTA’s House of Delegates. Additionally, Dr. Covington is a board-certified neurologic specialist, emeritus.


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

  • DPT, Duke University, 2004

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


Dr. Covington is a board certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists as Neurologic Clinical Specialist, Emeritus, since 2007.


Dr. Covington's research focuses on professional development in the clinical learning partnership between instructors and students and on best practices of educational assessment and evaluation in the health professions.

Recent publications

Awards and honors

  • APTA North Carolina Founder’s Lecturer, 2022
  • APTA Board of Directors, 2019–2025
  • 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