Clinical Associate Professor

Reuben Escorpizo is a clinical associate professor of rehabilitation and movement science at the University of Vermont. He teaches evidence-based practice, movement system, and musculoskeletal content. He has an active outpatient clinical practice and sees adult patients with different health conditions; and also practices in post-trauma, pre- and post-surgery, chronic pain, repetitive stress injury, arthritis and worker health and wellness. Dr. Escorpizo's research expertise involves the understanding and evaluation of disability in spinal cord injury, work and employment, and arthritis. He is involved in various research on return to work and its sustainability, worker productivity and work rehabilitation, and the role of contextual factors in clinical trials. He is the country lead for the International Spinal Cord Injury Study, a multinational cohort study on community-dwelling individuals with SCI; and is a principal investigator or co-investigator of national and international grants. He is a co-developer of the Work Rehabilitation Questionnaire (WORQ), which is widely used in return-to-work settings around the world.


  • Finger ME, Wicki-Roten V, Leger B, Escorpizo R. Cross-Cultural Adaptation of the Work Rehabilitation Questionnaire (WORQ) to French: A Valid and Reliable Instrument to Assess Work Functioning. J Occup Rehabil. 2018 Jun 26.
  • Marti A, Escorpizo R, Schwegler U, Staubli S, Trezzini B. Employment pathways of individuals with spinal cord injury living in Switzerland: A qualitative study. Work. 2017;58(2):99-110.
  • Lee YH, Chang KH, Escorpizo R, Chi WC, Yen CF, Liao HF, Huang SW, Liou TH. Accuracy of the World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule 2.0 (WHODAS 2.0) score as an objective assessment tool for predicting return-to-work status after head and neck cancer in male survivors. Support Care Cancer. 2018 Jun 29.
  • Yen CF, Chiu TY, Liou TH, Chi WC, Liao HF, Liang CC, Escorpizo R. Development of Activity and Participation Norms among General Adult Populations in Taiwan. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2017 Jun 6;14(6). pii: E603.
  • Finger ME, Boonen A, Woodworth TG, Escorpizo R, Christensen R, Nielsen SM, Leong AL, Scholte Voshaar M, Flurey CA, Milman N, Verstappen SM, Alten R, Guillemin F, Kloppenburg M, Beaton DE, Tugwell PS, March LM, Furst DE, Pohl C. An OMERACT Initiative Toward Consensus to Identify and Characterize Candidate Contextual Factors: Report from the Contextual Factors Working Group. J Rheumatol. 2017 Nov;44(11):1734-1739.
  • Richards C, MacKenzie N, Roberts S, Escorpizo R. People with Spinal Cord Injury in the United States. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2017 Feb;96(2 Suppl 1):S124-S126.
  • Kaech Moll VM, Escorpizo R, Portmann Bergamaschi R, Finger ME. Validation of the Comprehensive ICF Core Set for Vocational Rehabilitation From the Perspective of Physical Therapists: International Delphi Survey. Phys Ther. 2016 Aug;96(8):1262-75.

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Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Understanding and examining disability in spinal cord injury, work rehabilitation, and arthritis


  • Privatdozent (Professorship Qualification), University of Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Fellowship, Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT)
  • D.P.T.; Des Moines University
  • M.S., Kinesiology (Occupational Biomechanics); York University
  • B.S., Physical Therapy; Liceo University


  • 802-656-3253
Office Location:

310F Rowell Hall

Courses Taught

  • DPT 408 - Fundamentals of Critical Inquiry
  • DPT 411 - Movement System I
  • DPT 414 - Clinical Reasoning
  • PT 422 - Research Project - Systematic Review
  • PT 329 - Knowledge Implementation, Transfer, and Exchange