Kyle P. Meyer, PhD, MS, PT, FASAHP, is the Founding Dean of the College of Allied Health Professions (CAHP) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Under his leadership the then School of Allied Health Professions became UNMC’s sixth health professions college in 2015 and in the same year, the College of Allied Health Professions expanded to offer programs at the new Health Science Education Complex in Kearney, NE. In 2016 the College of Allied Health Professions was awarded the Visionary Leadership Award by UNMC Faculty Development in recognition of these accomplishments.
Dr. Meyer served as Director of Clinical Education in the Division of Physical Therapy Education at UNMC from 1991-2006, and Associate Dean and Senior Associate Dean in the School of Allied Health Professions from 2006 to 2015, before assuming his current position.
Dr. Meyer earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy in 1979, and a Master’s degree in anatomy in 1985, both from UNMC. He practiced in pediatric physical therapy for over twenty years, and as chief pediatric physical therapist was instrumental in developing the first pediatric physical therapy department at Children’s Hospital, Omaha, NE.
Dr. Meyer served as a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Clinical Instructor Education Board from 1999 to 2002, serving as chair of the committee in 2002, and later helped to develop and author a national training curriculum for physical therapy clinical educators.
Dr. Meyer received a Masters of Public Administration degree in 1994 and a PhD in Public Administration in 2007, both from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. In 2017 he was recognized with the Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Service from the School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Dr. Meyer served on the UNMC Faculty Senate for seven years, presiding as Senate President in 2000-01. He currently presides as President of the Midwest Deans Association of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP). An ardent supporter of the CAHP and the allied health professions, Dr. Meyer was elected as a Fellow in the ASAHP in 2016 for his record of demonstrated leadership and significant contributions in allied health, becoming at that time one of only 179 individuals awarded the honor since 1981.