Christopher Ebner, MS, OTR/L

Assistant Professor, PT Programs


Austin, TX


College of Rehabilitative Sciences


Vision Rehabilitation


Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Research Interests

Upper extremity prosthetics
Disabled sports
Functional Capacity Evaluation Testing

Christopher Ebner has worked as an occupational therapist in the Department of Defense for more than 15 years. He served four years on active duty, as an Army officer, in the United States Army Medical Specialist Corps. During his active-duty time, Ebner worked as a clinician at both Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. and Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX.

Following his separation from active-duty military service, he transitioned into his clinical career as an Army civilian in the Department of the Army. During his civil service time, he practiced in a variety of clinical settings in both the United States and overseas. He served as the Battalion Occupational Therapist (OT) for the Warrior Transition Battalion-Europe in Germany for four years. He is a level II-certified clinician in the administration of Functional Capacity Evaluation testing with the BTE EvalTech system.

Clinical practice areas include outpatient rehabilitation, orthopedics and low vision rehabilitation. His passion entails working with individuals who have sustained amputations and poly trauma. Ebner has been involved with a multitude of clinical research initiatives during his clinical career. He accepted a faculty position on the USAHS Austin, TX campus in November 2018.

In conjunction with his Master of Science in OT, Ebner also holds a post professional graduate certification in low vision rehabilitation from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is working toward completion of his Doctor of Education in Sports Management at the United States Sports Academy.

His current research priorities pertain to how individuals who have sustained amputations, limb salvage and other types of poly trauma injuries engage in both leisure and professional sports. Specifically, he is interested in investigating how sports can be a multiplier for individuals as they rehabilitate, the psychosocial factors associated with sport engagement following injury and the neurocognitive differences between disabled athletes compared to non-athletes.