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

Clinical Interests

Adults and older adults with age-related vision loss, occupational performance assessment, self-management

Research Interests

Impact of low vision on everyday performance of adults and older adults, home lighting, driving errors and compensatory strategies of individuals with glaucoma

Teaching Roles

Dr. Perlmutter teaches the Case Based Learning II and III courses, the Doctoral Capstone Proposal course and the vision related assessment and intervention content across the curriculum.


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


Dr. Perlmutter earned her bachelor's degree 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 degree in occupational therapy 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 WUOT Community Practice Program.

Selected Publications

Perlmutter, M., Kaldenberg, J., & Weisser-Pike, O. (2023). Introduction to the OTHC special Issue: Visual impairment and low vision rehabilitation. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 37 (3), 313-315.

Sabapathypillai, S. L., Perlmutter, M. S., Barco, P., Wilson, B., Gordon, M., Carr, D., & Bhorade, A. M. (2022). Self-reported driving difficulty, avoidance, and negative emotion with on-road driving performance in older adults with glaucoma. American Journal of Ophthalmology.

Bhorade, A. M., Perlmutter, M. S., Sabapathypillai, S. L., Goel, M., Wilson, B., & Gordon, M. O. (2021). Rate of falls, fear of falling, and avoidance of activities at-risk for falls in older adults with glaucoma. American Journal of Ophthalmology, 227, 275-283.

Perlmutter, MS & Tyminski, QP (2017). A community based experience to enhance OT student clinical skills with clients with mental illness. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 1 (2), 1-12. Retrieved at

Perlmutter, MS & Hussey, G. (2017). Living life with vision loss: A community-based self-management program for people with vision loss. AOTA SIS Quarterly, 2 (2), 24-26.

Chan, T. L., Perlmutter, M. S., Andrews, M., Sunness, J. S., Goldstein, J. E., Massof, R. W., & Low Vision Research Network (LOVRNET) Study Group. (2015). Equating visual function scales to facilitate reporting of Medicare functional G-code severity/complexity modifiers for low-vision patients. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 96(10), 1859-1865.

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. doi: 10.1097/OPX.0000000000000005

Bhorade, A. M., Perlmutter, M. S., Wilson, B., Kambarian, J., Chang, S., Pekmezci, M., & Gordon, M. (2013). Differences in vision between clinic and home and the effect of lighting in older adults with and without glaucoma. JAMA ophthalmology, 131(12), 1554-1562.

Bhorade AM & Perlmutter M (2011). Visual function in older adults. Advanced Ocular Care. December, 27-29.

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.

Book Chapters and Other

Perkinson, M.A, Hilton, C.L., & Perlmutter, M. (2020). Family caregiving. In KM Matuska (Ed.) Ways of living: Adaptive strategies for Special Needs (5th ed., 479-500). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.

Perlmutter, M.S. & Cleghorn, S (2019). Use of simulation in occupational therapy education. In: S. Taff, L. C. Grajo & B. Hooper (Eds). Perspectives in occupational therapy education: Past, present and future (pp. 63-73). Thorofare, NJ: SLACK.

Weisser-Pike, O. & Perlmutter, M.S. (2018). Vision rehabilitation: Supporting how the person functions. In: D. Prajna & A. Colenbrander (Eds). Peyman’s Principles and Practice of Ophthalmology (2nd ed., pp. 325-336). New Delhi, India: Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishing.

Perlmutter, M.S. & Gronski, M.P. (2017). Identifying Person Factors that Impact Occupational Performance Assessment. In: M. Law, M.C. Baum, W. Dunn (Eds.) Measuring Occupational Performance: Supporting best practice in occupational therapy, 3rd edition, Thorofare, NJ: SLACK

Kaskutas, V., Perlmutter, M.S. & Taff, S. D. (2016). Using integrated learning experiences to promote clinical competence: An instructional case study. World Federation of Occupational Therapy Bulletin, 72 (1), 1-3.

Perlmutter, M. (2012). Home Lighting and Modifications. Visibility, Vol. 6, Issue 1, 6-9.

Bhorade, A.M. & Perlmutter M (2011). Visual function in older adults. Advanced Ocular Care. December, 27-29.

Perkinson, M.A., Hilton, C.L., 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.


2022: St. Louis Society for Blind and Visually Impaired Community Light Award
2016: MOTA Outstanding Educator Award
2016: AOTA Roster of Fellows
2012: OTD with High Honors; Washington University Program in Occupational Therapy
2011: Specialty Certification in Low Vision, American Occupational Therapy Association
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

Perlmutter, Monica

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

Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy and Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

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Phone: (314) 286-1635
Fax: (314) 286-0631
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