Sonia Paquette, OTD, OTR/L, CPE, ABVE-D

Dr. Sonia Paquette, OTD, OTR/L, CPE, ABVE-D

Baltimore, Philadelphia , MD 20861
Mobile: 484-364-1619
Office: 484-364-1619
Fax: 866-861-8659


Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Certified Professional Ergonomist and Vocational Expert. Work and Functional capacity, Vocational potential, Loss of Earnings capacity. Qualifying and quantifying capacity to work. I consider the medical condition and its functional consequences, the work requirements (both real and prescribed), as well as the contexts in which these occur. Expertise with musculoskeletal injuries, mental health adjustment and neurological disorders including catastrophic ones (TBI, SCI). Qualifying and quantifying matters related to: return to work evaluations, ergonomic analysis, psychosocial factors evaluation and intervention, determination of causal relationship between work tasks and injury, vocational potential, transferable skills analysis, loss of earnings related to injury/disease.

Areas of Expertise

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Biomechanics
  • Brain Injury
  • Disability
  • Driver Behavior
  • Employment
  • Ergonomics
  • Failure Analysis
  • Fatigue
  • Human Factors Engineering
  • Neurology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Occupational/Environmental Health
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Pain Management
  • Personal Injury
  • Vocational Evaluation & Rehabilitation
  • Workers Compensation Insurance

Expert Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Occupational therapist, licensed in PA, DE and MD.
Certified as a professional ergonomist by the Board of Certification of Professional Ergonomists.
American Board of Vocational Experts Diplomate.
International Psychometric Evaluator Certified
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: AOTA (American Occupational Therapists Association)
IARP (International Association for Rehabilitation Professionals)
ABVE (American Board of Vocational Experts)
BCPE (Board of Certification of Professional Ergonomists)
HFES (Human Factor and Ergonomic Society)
AREA (American Rehabilitation Economics Association)
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (2010 -now)
Post-professional doctorate in Occupational Therapy and in Physical Therapy
o OTD 505: "Conceptual foundations in occupational therapy"
o CC 507.2: "Critical Inquiry 1: Quantitative issues in published research"
o CC 527: "Critical inquiry 2: Evidence-based practice"
o OTD 710: "Evidence-based practice"
o OTD 712: "Evidence analysis and design"
o OTD 722: "Measuring participation impact in occupation"
o OTD 734: " Designing and implementing clinical guidelines"
o CC 506.2: "Qualitative research"
o WRK 716: “Concepts and models of return-to-work”
o WRK 726: “WRK 726 – Evidence-Based RTW/SAW Approaches”
o WRK 736: “Measurement and Methodological Issues in of RTW/SAW”
o WRK 746 : “Best RTW/SAW Interventions and Practices in Key Diagnoses”

McGill University, bachelor of science degree in OT
- 2003-2004 -- office ergonomics,
- 1993: driving evaluation and rehabilitation.

University of Montreal, 2003-2007: bachelor of science degree in OT.
- capacity evaluation
- ergonomic evaluation
Kent State University, 2012: Master in Rehabilitation Counseling
Evidence-based practice: all research is not created equal. 3 hour class, invited guest lecturer.

Indiana University, 2016, Master degree in Occupational Therapy
Alternatives to direct treatment services, 90 minutes, guest lecturer.

Canadian Association of ergonomists (2002) Tools for modified work
Institut National de Sante Publique du Quebec (INSPQ) -- Tools for modified work: 2 days course.
IARP, PA chapter (PARP) (2007): Psychosocial variables influencing return to work.
IARP, PA-NJ (2007): Functional capacities evaluation
AOTA (2008): Functional capacities evaluation appraisal
IARP forensic section (2008): Assessing residual capacity for vocational potential exploration
IARP forensic section (2008): What's up DOT? Occupational Database Review Committee report.
IARP (2011): Evidence-based practice: all research is not created equal.
Union Pacific (2012): Fundamentals of Job Analysis, Union Pacific Railroad Disability Prevention and Management Staff Training, with Angela Heitzman, CRC.
Quebec Bar Association (2003): Limits of medical restrictions to determine capacity to work
Applied Ergonomic Conference (2012) Evidence-Based Return to Work Approach for Workers with MSDs, Pre-conference session.
AOTA (2013): Program targeting psychosocial disorders to prevent work disability, poster presentation, with Darrell Bruga, DC.

AREA (2014): Medical evidence, and functional capacity evaluation.
IARP (2014): Can FCE predict return to work?
AOTA (2016): Alternatives to direct treatment services.
IFCQ (2003-2014)- "occupational intervention with injured workers", "ergonomic tools", "work risk analysis" and "establishing a return to work program".

Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No.
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: More than 50 times from 2000 to 2005. More than 50 times from 2006-now.
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Determination of cause of injury (Musculoskeletal injuries)
Return to work capacity
Household services
Vocational potential
Earning capacity
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: ~65%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: ~35%. I generally work upstream with insurers and employers before litigation occurs.
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: More than 30 times from 2000-2005.
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: 2015
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: Once, as I only testified once in a court of law in the US.
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: More than 30 times between 2000-2005 in Canada. Once since 2010.
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: More than 15 years. I have worked between 1992 and 1995 as an expert in Canada, moved in the USA in 1995 for 4 years where I chose not to work in litigation consultation, then moved back in Canada where it became a large part of my practice (about 50%). Since 2006, I have worked with over 80 litigated cases.
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Consulting, individual's testing for functional capacities, reports including loss of earning capacity and transferable skills analysis, worksite evaluation and analysis, medical chart review, vocational report review, FCE reviews, return to work accommodation needs, daily functional capacities evaluation.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: Ask for my fee schedule.
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: Ask for my fee schedule.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: Ask for my fee schedule.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: Ask for my fee schedule.
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Travel expenses including worksite analysis, worker's or individual visit etc.
Plane tickets if required, to be paid in advance.
Retainer agreement (including 10 hours)


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