Clinical Associate Professor, Associate Director

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. 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, classical psychometrics and item response theory, 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 and is in multiple scientific, review, and program committees. He is an Associate Editor of BMC Public Health and the International Journal of Disability Management, and recently appointed as Chief Editor of the Section on "Disability, Rehabilitation, and Inclusion" of the journal Frontiers in Rehabilitation Sciences. 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. 2020 Dec;42(24):3496-3503. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2019.1597181. Epub 2019 Apr 16.
    PMID: 30990346.
  • Husmann A, Escorpizo R, Finger ME. Examining Work-Related Functioning in a Physical Therapy Outpatient Clinic: Validity and Reliability of the Work Rehabilitation Questionnaire (WORQ). J Occup Rehabil. 2020 Jun;30(2):156-166. doi: 10.1007/s10926-019-09857-y. PMID: 31468299.
  • Lassfolk M, Escorpizo R, Korniloff K, Reneman M. Linking the Spinal Function Sort and Functional Capacity Evaluation Tests to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health Core Set of Vocational Rehabilitation. J Occup Rehabil. 2020 Jun 4. doi: 10.1007/s10926-020-09905-y.
    Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32500472.
  • Post MW, Reinhardt JD, Avellanet M, Escorpizo R, Engkasan JP, Schwegler U; InSCI, Leiulfsrud AS. Employment Among People With Spinal Cord Injury in 22 Countries Across the World: Results From the International Spinal Cord Injury Community Survey. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2020 Jul 13:S0003-9993(20)30425-1. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2020.05.027. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32673653.
  • Nielsen SM, Storgaard H, Ellingsen T, Shea BJ, Wells GA, Welch VA, Furst DE, de Wit M, Voshaar M, Juhl CB, Boers M, Escorpizo R, Woodworth TG, Boonen A, Bliddal H, March LM, Tugwell P, Christensen R. Population characteristics as important contextual factors in rheumatological trials: an exploratory meta-epidemiological study from an OMERACT Working Group. Ann Rheum Dis. 2020 Oct;79(10):1269-1276. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2020-217237. Epub 2020 Jun 30.
    PMID: 32606042.
  • Finger ME, Escorpizo R, Tennant A. Measuring Work-Related Functioning Using the Work Rehabilitation Questionnaire (WORQ). Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Aug 5;16(15):2795. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16152795. PMID: 31387320; PMCID: PMC6696256.
  • 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. 2019 Jun;29(2):350-360. doi: 10.1007/s10926-018-9795-5. PMID: 29946812.
  • 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. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000000620. PMID: 28059898.
    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. Epub 2015 May 20.
    PMID: 25989899; PMCID: PMC4612197.
  • 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. doi: 10.2522/ptj.20150365. Epub 2016 Feb 4. PMID: 26847005.
  • Marti A, Boes S, Lay V, Escorpizo R, Trezzini B. The association between chronological age, age at injury and employment: Is there a mediating effect of secondary health conditions? Spinal Cord. 2016 Mar;54(3):246. doi:
    10.1038/sc.2015.243. Erratum for: Spinal Cord. 2016 Mar;54(3):239-44. Reuben Escorpizo, P T [corrected to Escorpizo, R]. PMID: 26935655.

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Reuben Escorpizo

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 411 Movement System I
  • DPT 412 Movement System II
  • DPT 413 Movement System III
  • DPT 414 Clinical Reasoning
  • DPT 408 / NH 399 Fundamentals of Critical Inquiry (IPE)
  • DPT 420 Musculoskeletal Management I
  • DPT 421 Musculoskeletal Management II
  • DPT 422 Musculoskeletal Management III
  • DPT 493 Doctoral Research Project I
  • DPT 494 Doctoral Research Project II
  • DPT 495 Doctoral Research Project III
  • IHS 402 Applying the ICF Model in Interprofessional Health Sciences