Jon Rizzo

Director of Clinical Education, DPT Program


Director of Clinical Education, UConn DPT Program

Physical Therapist, Athletic Trainer

Academic Degrees:

B.S. Sport Science/Athletic Training- University of Connecticut, 1998

B.S. Allied Health, University of Connecticut, 2001

M.S. Physical Therapy, University of Connecticut, 2002

M.A. Adult Learning, University of Connecticut, 2012

Ph.D, Adult Learning, University of Connecticut, 2015

Areas of Expertise:

Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Clinical Education

Sports Medicine

Adult Learning

Patient Adherence


Dr. Rizzo earned a B.S. in Sport Science/Athletic Training in 1998 from the University of Connecticut. After becoming certified as an Athletic Trainer, he then continued his education at UConn, earning an additional B.S. in Allied Health as well as an M.S. in Physical Therapy in 2001 and 2002 respectively. In 2015, Dr. Rizzo completed his Ph.D. in Adult Learning in the Neag School of Education at UConn. Dr. Rizzo has 13 years of clinical experience in the orthopedic physical therapy setting. Ten of those years have been with the Nayden Rehabilitation Clinic at UConn where he served as a staff physical therapist and a clinical instructor for both UConn Athletic Training and Physical Therapy students beginning in 2005. In August of 2015, Dr. Rizzo transitioned from his clinical role at Nayden to an academic position in the Physical Therapy Program, serving as the Director of Clinical Education.

Peer-Reviewed Research:

Bohannon, BW, Vigneault, J, Rizzo, J. Hip external and internal rotation strength: Consistency over time and between sides. Isokinetics and Exercise Science 2008; 16:107-111.

Rizzo J. Patients’ Mental Models and Adherence to Outpatient Physical Therapy Home Exercise Programs. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice 2015; 31(14): 253-259.


Certified Athletic Trainer, National Athletic Training Association

Licensed Athletic Trainer (CT)

Member, National Athletic Training Association

Licensed Physical Therapist (CT)

Member, American Physical Therapy Association, Orthopedic and Education Sections

Certified Clinical Instructor, American Physical Therapy Association

Reviewer/Referee, Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy

Scholarly Presentation/Conference Participation:

Adult Education Research Conference, St. Louis, MO (May, 2013): Research Roundtable: Patients’ Mental Models and Adherence to Out-Patient Physical Therapy Home Exercise Programs

Adult Education Research Conference, Harrisburg, PA (June, 2014): Presentation: Patients’ Mental Models and Adherence to Out-Patient Physical Therapy Home Exercise Programs

Contact Information
Phone860 486–0020
Mailing Address3107 Horsebarn Hill Road, Unit 4137 Storrs, CT 06269-9007
Office LocationKinesiology Building