Kelly Reynolds, PT, DPT, NCS, PhD

Kelly Reynolds
Assistant Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery, Core Faculty

Dr. Reynolds is a neurological physical therapist whose clinical work has focused on inpatient adult neurorehabilitation with an emphasis on spinal cord injury. She was a Faculty Development Resident with the DPT program in 2019 and joined the core faculty in 2022. Dr. Reynolds teaches in the foundational curriculum in gross anatomy, geriatrics, and neurologic patient management and the Durham Neuro Camp advanced practice course. 


  • PhD, Health Sciences, Health Professions Education Rocky Mountain University, 2023
  • DPT, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2004
  • BS, Education, Sports Medicine, University of Virginia, 2001


Dr. Reynolds is a board-certified clinical specialist in neurologic physical therapy with nearly two decades of experience. 


  • Personal attributes and the relationship to performance in DPT students
  • Understanding characteristics of diversity (racial/ethnic minority status, educationally and economically disadvantaged) and impact on personal attributes and academic performance
  • Evidence-guided holistic admissions in DPT education
  • Equity in assessment
  • Impact of motivation and learning strategies on academic performance


Reynolds K, Bazemore C, Hanebuth C, Hendren S, Horn M.  The relationship of non-cognitive factors to academic and clinical performance in graduate rehabilitation science students in the United States: a systematic review. J Educ Eval Health Prof. 2021;18:31. doi:10.3352/jeehp.2021.18.31 

Whitson H, Potter G, Davis S, Plassman B, Sloane R, Reynolds, K, Schmader K, & Welsh-Bohmer K. Difference in brain activation with higher task demand in asymptomatic adults with and without an APOE E4 allele. Innov Aging. 2018:2(suppl 1):402. doi:10.1093/geroni/igy023.1502. 

Whitson H, Potter G, Feld J, Plassman B, Reynolds K., Sloane R., & Welsh-Bohmer K. Dual-task gait and Alzheimer’s disease genetic risk in cognitively normal adults: A Pilot Study. J Alzheimers Dis. 2018;64(4): 1137-1148. doi:10.3233/jad-180016