Clinical Associate Professor

Dr. 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; and is the DPT Curriculum Committee Chair. Reuben practices in an outpatient clinic and sees adult patients with different conditions such as post-trauma, pre- and post-surgery, soft tissue and joint impairments, and work-related impairments and restrictions. Reuben's research focuses on the biopsychosocial evaluation of functioning and disability in work and employment (return to work, worker productivity and work rehabilitation), spinal cord injury, and musculoskeletal conditions and the role of the environment and personal factors in disability, utilizing quantitative, psychometric, and qualitative approaches. He is the U.S. 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 an Associate Editor of BMC Public Health and the International Journal of Disability Management. He co-developed the Work Rehabilitation Questionnaire (WORQ), a questionnaire used in rehabilitation settings and translated in multiple languages.


  • Escorpizo R, Burghardt E, Richards C. Type of job, personal factors, and disease status are important contextual factors when measuring worker productivity in people with arthritis: a Delphi study. Disabil Rehabil. 2019 Apr 16:1-8. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2019.1597181. [Epub ahead of print]
  • 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.
  • 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. doi: 10.1179/2045772315Y.0000000031.
  • Escorpizo R. Defining the principles of musculoskeletal disability and rehabilitation. Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 2014 Jun;28(3):367-75. doi: 10.1016/j.berh.2014.09.001. Epub 2014 Sep 26. Review.
  • Ferdiana A, Post MW, Finger M, Bültmann 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. Epub 2013 Dec 5.
  • 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. doi: 10.1007/s10926-013-9485-2.
  • Escorpizo R, Kostanjsek N, Kennedy C, Nicol MM, Stucki G, Ustün 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. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-742.
  • Rauch A, Escorpizo R, Riddle DL, Eriks-Hoogland I, Stucki G, Cieza A. Using a case report of a patient with spinal cord injury to illustrate the application of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health during multidisciplinary patient management. Phys Ther. 2010 Jul;90(7):1039-52. doi: 10.2522/ptj.20090327. Epub 2010 May 27.
  • Escorpizo R, Stucki G, Cieza A, Davis K, Stumbo T, Riddle DL. Creating an interface between the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health and physical therapist practice. Phys Ther. 2010 Jul;90(7):1053-63. doi: 10.2522/ptj.20090326. Epub 2010 May 6.

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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:

306A 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