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Perlmutter, Monica, OTD, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA

Clinical Interests

Older adults with age-related vision loss, occupational performance assessment, self-management

Research Interests

Impact of low vision on everyday performance of older adults, home lighting

Teaching Roles

In the MSOT program, Dr. Perlmutter teaches the case-based learning course and other practice related courses. In the OTD program, she teaches the two-semester OT practice model course. Additionally, she mentors students who work in her laboratory.

Education

2012: Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD), Washington University School of Medicine, Program in Occupational Therapy
2009: Graduate certificate program in low vision rehabilitation, University of Alabama
1989: MA in education, Washington University in St. Louis
1981: BS in occupational therapy, University of Missouri-Columbia

Background

Dr. Perlmutter earned her BS in occupational therapy from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1981, her MA in education from Washington University in St. Louis in 1989, her graduate certificate in low vision rehabilitation from the University in Alabama in 2009, and her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) from the Program in Occupational Therapy in 2012. After graduation in 1981, she worked in acute neurology for three years, followed by 10 years of coordinating clinical education and staff development at the Irene Walter Johnson Institute of Rehabilitation at Washington University in St. Louis. During this period, she also worked in long term rehabilitation, out-patient care, home health and general medicine. She joined the faculty at the Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine in 1994. Currently, she is an associate professor and the lead occupational therapist for the aging and low vision services in the Community Practice Program.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Chan, T, Perlmutter, MS, Andrews, M, Sunness, J, Goldstein, J & Massof, RW. Application of Visual Ability Construct to Facilitate Medicare G-Codes Functional Limitation Reporting in Low Vision Patients (in press, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)
  • Mohler, A. J., Neufeld, P., & Perlmutter, M. S. (2015). Factors Affecting Readiness for Low Vision Interventions in Older Adults. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69(4), 6904270020p1-6904270020p10
  • Perlmutter, M, Bhorade, A, Gordon, M, Hollingsworth, H, Engsberg, JE & Baum, CM. (2013). Home lighting assessment for clients with low vision. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67, 674-681.
  • Goldstein, J, Malkin, L, Perlmutter, M & Massoff, R. (2013).  Responsiveness of the EQ-5D to the Effects of Low Vision Rehabilitation. Optometry and Vision Science, 90 (8), 799-805.
  • Bhorade AM, Perlmutter M, Chang S, Pekmezci M, Wilson B, Gordon M.  (2013). Differences in vision between clinic and home and the effect of lighting in older adults with and without glaucoma. JAMA Ophthalmology. Published online November 21, 2013. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2013.4995 
  • Bhorade AM & Perlmutter M. (2011). Visual function in older adults.  Advanced Ocular Care.  December, 27-29.
  • Perkinson, MA, Hilton CL, Morgan K & Perlmutter, M (2011). Therapeutic partnerships: Occupational therapy and home-based care. In CH Christiansen & KM Matuska (Eds.) Ways of living: Adaptive strategies for special needs. Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.
  • Perlmutter, M, Bhorade, A, Gordon, M, Hollingsworth, H & Baum, CM. (2010). Cognitive, visual, auditory and emotional factors that impact participation in older adults. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, (64), 570-579.
  • Edwards, DF, Hahn, MG, Baum, CM, Perlmutter, MS, Sheedy, C & Dromerick, AW. (2006). Screening patients with stroke for rehabilitation needs: Validation of the post-stroke rehabilitation guidelines. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 20, (1)1-7.
  • Baum, MC, Perlmutter, M & Edwards, D (Summer, 2000). Measuring function in Alzheimer’s Disease. Alzheimer’s Quarterly, 44-61.

Book Chapters and Other

  • Perlmutter, M. (2012). Home Lighting and Modifications. Visibility, Vol. 6, Issue 1, 6-9.
  • Bhorade AM & Perlmutter M. (2011). Visual function in older adults. Advanced Ocular Care. December, 27-29.
  • Perkinson, MA, Hilton CL, Morgan K & Perlmutter, M (2011). Therapeutic partnerships: Occupational therapy and home-based care. In CH Christiansen & KM Matuska (Eds.) Ways of living: Adaptive strategies for special needs. Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.
  • Foster, E., Perlmutter, M. & Baum, C. M. (2008). Evaluating Occupational Performance of Older Adults. In: S. Coppola, S. Elliott & P. Toto (Eds.). Strategies to Advance Gerontology Excellence: Promoting Best Practice in Occupational Therapy, 349-382. Bethesda: AOTA Press.
  • Baum, MC, Perlmutter, M & Dunn, W. (2005). Establishing the integrity of measurement data: Identifying impairments that can limit occupational performance and threaten validity of assessments. In M. Law, C. Baum & W. Dunn (Eds.), Measuring occupational performance: Supporting best practice in occupational therapy. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK.
  • Perkinson, MA, LaVesser P, Morgan K & Perlmutter, M (2004). Therapeutic partnerships: Caregiving in the home setting. In CH Christiansen & KM Matuska (Eds.) Ways of living: Adaptive strategies for special needs. Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.
  • Letts, L, Baum, C, Perlmutter, M. (2003). Person-Environment-Occupation assessment with older adults. OT Practice, Vol. 8, Issue 10, 27-34.
  • Perlmutter, M (2002). Defining occupational therapy intervention. In MC Baum, M Law, S Baptiste (Eds.), Occupation based practice: Fostering performance and participation. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK.
  • Baum, MC, Perlmutter, M & Dunn, W. (2001). Identifying impairments that can limit occupational performance and threaten the validity of assessments. In M. Law, C. Baum & W. Dunn (Eds.), Measuring occupational performance: A guide to best practice. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK.

Awards/Honors

2011: Specialty Certification in Low Vision, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
2008: Delta Gamma Fellow
2001: Pi Theta Epsilon Honor Society Faculty Award
1996: School of Health Related Professions Outstanding Alumni Award, University of Missouri-Columbia

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Perlmutter, Monica, OTD, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA

Curriculum Vitae
Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy and Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Contact Information

Program in Occupational Therapy
Washington University in St. Louis
4444 Forest Park Ave.
CB 8505
St. Louis, MO 63108-2212
Phone: 314-286-1635
Fax: 314-286-1601
perlmutterm@wustl.edu

Scholarship

Low Vision and Aging



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