Clinical Assistant Professor

Reuben Escorpizo's primary area of expertise involves understanding and examining disability in spinal cord injury, work rehabilitation, and arthritis. Dr. Escorpizo and his colleagues have been awarded a multi-year grant by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Orthopedic Section of the APTA to develop the Clinical Practice Guidelines in Work Rehabilitation for Physical Therapists. He has led an international project to develop the ICF Core Set for Vocational Rehabilitation in collaboration with organizations including the World Health Organization and the International Labor Organization; has been a principal investigator or co-investigator on seven national and international grants; and serves as adjunct research scientist for Swiss Paraplegic Research.


Trenaman L, Miller WC, Querée M, Escorpizo R; SCIRE Research Team. Modifiable and non-modifiable factors associated with employment outcomes following spinal cord injury: A systematic review. J Spinal Cord Med. 2015 Jul;38(4):422-31.

Escorpizo R. Defining the principles of musculoskeletal disability and rehabilitation. Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 2014 Jun;28(3):367-75.

Trenaman LM, Miller WC, Escorpizo R; the SCIRE Research Team. Interventions for improving employment outcomes among individuals with spinal cord injury: A systematic review. Spinal Cord. 2014 Sep 2. doi: 10.1038/sc.2014.149. [Epub ahead of print]

Tucker CA, Escorpizo R, Cieza A, Lai JS, Stucki G, Ustun TB, Kostanjsek N,

Cella D, Forrest CB. Mapping the content of the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) using the International Classification of Functioning, Health and Disability. Qual Life Res. 2014 Nov;23(9):2431-8.

Ferdiana A, Post MW, Finger M, Bultmann U, Escorpizo R. Assessment of health-related quality of life of clients in vocational rehabilitation: association with depressive symptoms and type of services. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2014 Jun;50(3):343-53.

Finger ME, Escorpizo R, Bostan C, De Bie R. Work Rehabilitation Questionnaire (WORQ): development and preliminary psychometric evidence of an ICF-based questionnaire for vocational rehabilitation. J Occup Rehabil. 2014 Sep;24(3):498-510.

Tederko P, Krasuski M, Ptyushkin P, Selb M, Pawlak K, Skrzypczyk R, Escorpizo R. Need for a comprehensive epidemiologic study of spinal cord injury in Poland: findings from a systematic review. Spinal Cord. 2013 Nov;51(11):802-8.

Escorpizo R, Kostanjsek N, Kennedy C, Nicol MM, Stucki G, Ustun TB; Functioning Topic Advisory Group (fTAG) of the ICD-11 Revision. Harmonizing WHO's International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF): importance and methods to link disease and functioning. BMC Public Health. 2013 Aug 12;13:742.

Escorpizo R, Stucki G. Disability evaluation, social security, and the international classification of functioning, disability and health: the time is now. J Occup Environ Med. 2013 Jun;55(6):644-51.

Okochi J, Takahashi T, Takamuku K, Escorpizo R. Staging of mobility, transfer and walking functions of elderly persons based on the codes of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. BMC Geriatr. 2013 Feb 15;13:16.

Saketkoo LA, Escorpizo R, Keen KJ, Fligelstone K, Distler O; EUSTAR. International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health Core Set construction in systemic sclerosis and other rheumatic diseases: a EUSTAR initiative. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2012 Dec;51(12):2170-6.

Oberhauser C, Escorpizo R, Boonen A, Stucki G, Cieza A. Statistical validation of the brief International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health Core Set for osteoarthritis based on a large international sample of patients with osteoarthritis. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2013 Feb;65(2):177-86.

Escorpizo R, Graf S, Marti A, Noreau L, Post MW, Stucki G, Reinhardt JD. Domain sets and measurement instruments on participation and environmental factors in spinal cord injury research. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2011 Nov;90(11 Suppl 2):S66-78.

Escorpizo R, Boers M, Stucki G, Boonen A. Examining the similarities and differences of OMERACT core sets using the ICF: first step towards an improved domain specification and development of an item pool to measure functioning and health. J Rheumatol. 2011 Aug;38(8):1739-44.

Escorpizo R, Ekholm J, Gmunder HP, Cieza A, Kostanjsek N, Stucki G. Developing a Core Set to describe functioning in vocational rehabilitation using the international classification of functioning, disability, and health (ICF). J Occup Rehabil. 2010 Dec;20(4):502-11.

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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

PT 320 - Understanding Evidence in Physical Therapy Practice
PT 322 - Advanced Evidence Based Practice
PT 328 - Independent Research Project
PT 329 - Knowledge Implementation, Transfer, and Exchange of Evidence Based Physical Therapy