Dr. Kaskutas has a strong clinical background in rehabilitation to help individuals return to meaningful work roles. She has worked extensively with individuals with work-related injuries and illnesses, hand and upper extremity conditions, and chronic pain disorders. Dr. Kaskutas has expertise in functional capacity evaluation, work hardening, hand therapy, ergonomics, and industrial consultation. She has also worked extensively to prevent work injuries and promote workers' health and well-being through workstation design, environmental modification, national campaigns, and implementation of policies and practices.
Dr. Kaskutas has focused much of her research on prevention of construction worker falls from heights, leading a joint carpenter-academic team in redesigning the apprentice fall prevention training and evaluating a fall prevention and safety communication training program which her team developed for residential construction foremen and owners. She developed the Fall Protection Resource for New Home Construction (http://www.ot.wustl.edu/FPtech/index.htm), the Job Performance Measure, and a functional capacity evaluation to measure ability to return-to-work after mild to moderate stroke. She has explored the effect of hand and upper extremity peripheral nerve injuries and outcomes after treatment. Currently Dr. Kaskutas is researching teaching and learning in higher education; including developing a student hand therapy clinic infusing learning science into occupational therapy graduate education, and exploring educational outcomes.
Dr. Kaskutas is coursemaster of the two-semester anatomy course entitled Body Structures Supporting Daily Function and two Contemporary Issues in Occupational Therapy courses. She teaches work assessment and rehabilitation content throughout the curriculum and mentors research students.
2008: Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD), Washington University School of Medicine, Program in Occupational Therapy
2000: MHS in Health Care Services, Washington University in St. Louis
1980: BS in Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois-Chicago
After becoming an occupational therapist in 1980, Dr. Kaskutas provided in-patient rehabilitation and hand therapy services at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL for several years. She directed the alternative work and on-site therapy program at two underground coal mines in central Illinois; helping injured miners safely return to the challenging underground work environment. For nine years, she managed an occupational medicine clinic that provided medical and rehabilitation services to a broad range of workers and employers. She performed functional capacity evaluations, work hardening, hand therapy, pre-employment screenings, back schools and ergonomic services. After joining Washington University in 1997, she worked with Dr. Leonard Matheson to validate several work assessments and Dr. Bradley Evanoff on several work injury prevention research studies funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. After earning her doctoral degree in occupational therapy, she has been awarded four research grants to evaluate fall protection devices for construction and develop a website cataloging these devices, design and test a functional capacity evaluation for individuals with stroke, and examine the lived experience of individuals with flexor tendon injuries.
Currently Dr. Kaskutas is focusing her efforts on educational research in higher education. She is working with a group of students to develop a student hand therapy clinic that provides treatment to individuals without insurance coverage, and other groups of students to infuse learning science into occupational therapy graduate education. Dr. Kaskutas has published results of these studies in peer-review journals, authored the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Work Practice Guidelines for Individuals with Work Related Injuries and Illnesses and several book chapters. She is an invited member of the Construction Sector Council of the National Occupational Research Agenda, collaborator on the National Campaign to Prevent Construction Worker Falls, Fellow of the AOTA, and past editor of AOTA’s Work and Industry Special Interest Section Quarterly.
Stonner, M. M., Mackinnon, S. E., & Kaskutas, V. (2017). Predictors of Disability and Quality of Life with an Upper-Extremity Peripheral Nerve Disorder. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71(1).
Evanoff, B., Dale, A. M., Zeringue, A., Fuchs, M., Gaal, J., Lipscomb, H. J., & Kaskutas, V. (2016). Results of a fall prevention educational intervention for residential construction. Safety Science, 89, 301-307.
Kaskutas, V., Buckner‐Petty, S., Dale, A. M., Gaal, J., & Evanoff, B. A. (2016). Foremen's intervention to prevent falls and increase safety communication at residential construction sites. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 59(10):823-31.
Kaskutas V, Perlmutter MS, Taff SD. (2016). Using integrated learning experiences to promote clinical competence: an instructional case study. World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin, 1-3.
Kaskutas V, Jaegers L, Dale AM, & Evanoff, B. (2016). Toolbox Talks: Insights for Improvement. Professional Safety, 61(1), 33.
Gardner, B. T., Dale, A. M., Buckner-Petty, S., Rachford, R., Strickland, J., Kaskutas, V., & Evanoff, B. (2016). Functional Measures Developed for Clinical Populations Identified Impairment Among Active Workers with Upper Extremity Disorders. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 26(1), 84-94
Dale AM, Gardner B, Buckner-Petty S, Kaskutas V, Strickland J, Evanoff B. (2015). Responsiveness of a 1-Year Recall Modified DASH Work Module in Active Workers with Upper Extremity Musculoskeletal Symptoms. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 1-10.
Wojtkiewicz, DM, Saunders JTW, Domeshek L, Novak CB, Kaskutas V, Mackinnon SE. (2015). Social Impact of Peripheral Nerve Injuries. HAND, 10, 161-167.
Albers, J, Lowe, B, Lipscomb, H, Hudock, S, Dement, J, Evanoff, B, Fullen M, Gillen M, Kaskutas V, Nolan J, Patterson D, Platner J, Pompei L, Schoenfisch, A. (2015). Pneumatic Nail Guns: Revisiting Trigger Recommendations. Professional Safety, 60(3), 30.
Dale AM, Addison L, Lester J, Kaskutas V, Evanoff B. (2014). Weak grip strength does not predict upper extremity musculoskeletal symptoms or injuries among new workers. J Occup Rehabil, Jun;24(2):325-31.
Kaskutas V, Dale AM, Lipscomb H, Evanoff B. (2013). Fall Prevention and Safety Communication Training for Foremen: Report of a Pilot Project Designed to Improve Residential Construction Safety. Journal of Safety Research, 44(1):111-118. PMCID: PMC3610407
Kaskutas V, Evanoff B, Miller H. (2013). Fall Prevention on Residential Construction Sites. Professional Safety, 58(7), 36-40.
Kaskutas V and Hunsberger K. (2013). Residential Fall Protection Case Study - Habitat for Humanity St. Louis. Wood Design Focus, 23(1):6-12.
Kaskutas V, Dale A, Lipscomb H, Evanoff B. (2012). Improving Construction Worker Safety through Foremen's Fall Prevention and Safety Communication Training. Journal of Safety Research.
Kaskutas V, Powell R. (2012). The Impact of Flexor Tendon Rehabilitation Restrictions on Individuals' Independence with Daily Activities: Implications for Hand Therapists. J Hand Ther, 2013 Jan-Mar, 26(1), 22-8.
Evanoff B, Kaskutas V, Dale AM, Gaal J, Fuchs M, Lipscomb, L (2012). Outcomes of a Revised Apprentice Carpenter Fall Prevention Training Curriculum. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation, 41 Supplement, 3806-3808.
Kaskutas V, Dale A, Lipscomb H, Gaal J, Fuchs M, Evanoff B, Carpenters’ Joint Apprenticeship Program Instructor Team. (2010). Changes in Fall Prevention Training for Apprentice Carpenters Based on a Comprehensive Needs Assessment. Journal of Safety Research, 41 (3), 221-227. PMCID: PMC3610406
Kaskutas V, Dale A, Lipscomb H, Gaal J, Fuchs M, Evanoff B. (2010). Fall Prevention in Apprentice Carpenters. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment, and Health, 36(3), 258-265. PMCID: PMC3631008.
Kaskutas V, Dale A, Nolan J, Patterson D, Lipscomb H, Evanoff B. (2009). Fall Hazard Control Observed on Residential Construction Sites. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 52(6), 491-499.
Kaskutas V, Dale A, Lipscomb H, Evanoff B. (2008). Development of the St. Louis Audit of Fall Risks at Residential Construction Sites. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, 14, 243-249.
Lipscomb H, Dale A, Kaskutas V, Sherman-Voellinger R, Evanoff B. (2008). Challenges in residential fall prevention: Insight from apprentice carpenters. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 51(1), 60-68.
Bailey R, Kaskutas V, Fox I, Baum C, Mackinnon S. (2009). Effect of Upper Extremity Nerve Damage on Activity Participation, Pain, Depression and Perceived Quality of Life. Journal of Hand Surgery, 34A, 1682–1688.
Matheson L, Rogers L, Kaskutas V, Dakos M. (2002). Reliability and Reactivity of Three New Functional Assessment Measures. Work, 18, 41-50.
Matheson L, Kaskutas V, Mada D. (2001). Development and Construct Validation of the Hand Function Sort. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 11(2), 75-86.
Book Chapters and Other
Kaskutas V. (2017). Measuring Work Performance. In M. Law, C. Baum, W. Dunn (Eds). Measuring Occupational Performance: Supporting Best Practice in Occupational Therapy, (pp. 201-238), 3rd Edition, Thorofare, NJ: SLACK.
Shurtleff T. & Kaskutas V. (2017). Joint Range of Motion. In H.M. Pendleton & W Schultz-Krohn (Eds.) Pedretti’s Occupational Therapy for Physical Dysfunction, 8th Edition, St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.
Kaskutas V. & Shurtleff T. (2017). Evaluation of Muscle Strength. In H.M. Pendleton & W Schultz-Krohn (Eds.) Pedretti’s Occupational Therapy for Physical Dysfunction, 8th Edition, St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.
Kaskutas V. (2016). Return to Work After Stroke. In G. Gillen (Ed.) Stroke Rehabilitation: A Function-Based Approach, (pp. 224-236), 4th Edition, St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.
Kaskutas, V. (2014). Core Concepts in Physiological Impairment and Recovery Following Stroke. In T. Wolf (Ed) Neurorehabilitation for Stroke, (pp. 81-94), 2nd Edition, AOTA.
Kaskutas, V. (2012). Work Incentives and Policies in the United States and Around the World, In B. Bravemen & J. Page (Eds.), Work: Occupational Therapy Intervention to Promote Participation and Productivity (pp. 367-401).
Kaskutas, V., & Snodgrass, J. (2009). Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Individuals with Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses. Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association.
2014: American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Roster of Fellows Award
2008: Graduate with Honors, Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine
2007: Best Student Abstract Competition, Sixth International Scientific Conference on Prevention of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders
2007: Honorary Member, Pi Theta Epsilon Honor Society for Occupational Therapy Students
2006: American Occupational Therapy Association Service Award – Work Injury Guide
1996: Employee of the Month, BarnesCare Corporate Health Services
1992: Certificate of Leadership, YWCA of Metropolitan St. Louis
1980: Graduate with Honors, University of Illinois