Dr. Kaskutas has a strong clinical background evaluating and treating individuals with work-related injuries and illnesses. She also worked with employers to prevent work injuries and promote workers' health and well-being through workstation design, environmental modification, 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. The Fall Protection Resource for New Home Construction (http://www.ot.wustl.edu/FPtech/index.htm) that she developed demonstrates 150 different devices that can be used to protect residential construction workers from falls. This website was viewed by over 4,000 visitors in the year after released. She works closely with colleagues in the Occupational Health and Safety Laboratory (https://oshr.wustl.edu/).
Dr. Kaskutas developed the Job Performance Measure with WUOT colleagues and a functional capacity evaluation to measure ability to return-to-work after mild to moderate stroke. She has explored the effect of upper extremity peripheral nerve injuries and outcomes after treatment. Dr. Kaskutas is also interested in exploring educational outcomes in entry-level and post-professional OT students, as well as developing and measuring the efficacy of instructional methods and evaluations.
Dr. Kaskutas is coursemaster of the two-semester anatomy course entitled Body Structures Supporting Daily Function and the first semester Contemporary Issues in OT course. 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 and 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. 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.
Kaskutas V, Jaegers L, Dale A, Evanoff B. (2016). Improving Toolbox Talks in the Construction Industry. Professional Safety
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. (In Progress). Measuring Work Performance. In M. Law, C. Baum, W. Dunn (Eds). Measuring Occupational Performance: Supporting Best Practice in Occupational Therapy, 3rd Edition, SLACK.
Kaskutas, V. (2015). Core Concepts in Physiological Impairment and Recovery Following Stroke. In T. Wolf (Ed) Neurorehabilitation for Stroke, 2nd Edition, AOTA.
Kaskutas V. (2015). Return to Work After Stroke. In G. Gillen (Ed) Stroke Rehabilitation: A Function-Based Approach, 4th Edition, St Louis, MO, Elsevier.
Kaskutas V. (2014). Fall prevention and safety communication training for construction foremen. American Occupational Therapy Association’s Work & Industry Quarterly, 28 (1), 1-4.
Kaskutas, V., Hunsberger, K. (2013). Residential Fall Protection Case Study: Habitat for Humanity St. Louis, National Fall Prevention Campaign Website.
Kaskutas V, Day K. (2012). Can the Client Do The Job? Factors to Consider With FCE Administration and Data Interpretation. American Occupational Therapy Association Work & Industry Special Interest Section Quarterly. September, 2012.
Kaskutas V. (2012). Occupational Therapy’s Role in Helping Clients Work Occupational Therapy’s Role in Helping Clients Work. OT Practice (CEU article).
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. (2011). Addressing Work in Occupational Therapy. American Occupational Therapy Association Work & Industry Special Interest Section Quarterly, June.
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