Deborah A. O'Rourke, PT, PhD

Clinical Professor of Rehabilitation and Movement Science

Deborah O'Rourke Office: 306B Rowell
Phone: (802) 656-2672
Email: Deborah.Orourke@uvm.edu

Dr. Deb O'Rourke is a clinical professor in the Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science. Prior to assuming a position as a clinical faculty member in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Vermont in 1987, she practiced in the clinical areas of pediatrics and neurological rehabilitation in Canada for 13 years. Her teaching responsibilities in the physical therapy program are in the areas of motor development, pediatrics, developmental disabilities, pain and psychosocial issues in healthcare. Dr. O’Rourke is a former faculty member with the Vermont Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (VT-LEND) Program, a training grant funded by the Maternal Child Health Bureau to prepare leaders to serve children with developmental disabilities and their families. Her research interests are in the areas of pediatric pain, health-related quality of life in children with disabilities and inter-professional education and practice.

Education

PhD, University of Vermont, Psychology, 2000
MA, University of Vermont, Psychology, 1996
MCl.Sc, Physical Therapy, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, 1985
BSc, Physical Therapy, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, 1978
Diploma, Physiotherapy, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1974

Courses Taught

PT 215 Movement Science 2
PT 330 Psychosocial Issues in Healthcare
PT 346 Patient Management - Neuromuscular 2

Selected Publications

Tupper SM, Swiggum M, O’Rourke D, Sangster M (2014). Physical Therapy Interventions for Pain in Childhood and Adolescence. In: McGrath P, Stevens SW, and Zempsky W, eds. The Oxford Textbook of Pediatric Pain. New York, NY: Oxford University Press

Engel, J.M. & O'Rourke, D.A.(2007). Chronic pain in children: Physical medicine and rehabilitation In: R.F. Schmidt & W.W. Willis (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Pain (pp. 368-371). Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag.

Selected Presentations

Dee, J. M., Fondacaro, K. M., & O’Rourke, D.A. Trauma-informed physical therapy for survivors of torture.  Education session for the Health Policy and Administration Section, American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, February 4-7, 2015, Indianapolis, IN 

O’Rourke, D.A., LeMieux, N. P., Melvin, C. S., & Palumbo, M.V.  An end of life simulation for nurse practitioner, physical therapy and nursing students. Poster presentation, American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, February 4-7, 2015, Indianapolis, IN 

O’Rourke, D.A. & Palumbo, M.V. Inter-professional practice for care of elders with chronic conditions by eight disciplines via video conference.  Oral presentation, American Academy on Communication in Healthcare Research and Teaching Forum, October 17-19, 2015, Orlando, FL 

Favro, M.A., Contompasis, S.H. & O’Rourke, D.A. Does Physical activity have an impact on behavior, social interaction and /or functioning at school in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder? Poster presentation, Association of University Centers on Disabilities, December 4, 2012, Washington, DC 

O'Rourke, D.A., Owen Sands, P., Barnard, P., Potvin, M.C., MacLeod, M., Wilcox, D. A statewide interdisciplinary journal club to promote evidence-based practice in pediatrics using interactive television. Poster presentation, Association of University Centers on Disabilities, October 30-November 3, 2010, Crystal City, VA

Professional Affiliations

American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
American Physical Therapy Association
American Psychological Association
International Association for the Study of Pain
Society for Research in Child Development