University of Montreal
Dr. Walter Wittich is an Assistant Professor at the School of Optometry at the University of Montreal, in Montreal, Quebec, who currently holds a Junior Career Award from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (chercheur boursier junior 1), with specific focus on the rehabilitation of older adults with combined vision and hearing loss. He is a resident researcher at both the CRIR/Centre de réadaptation MAB-Mackay du CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal and the CRIR/Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille du CISSS de la Montérégie-Centre.
Following his Master’s in Psychology (Concordia University) and a PhD in Visual Neuroscience (McGill), he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in audiology at the Centre de recherche institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal.
Coming from a background in age-related vision loss, he now conducts research in dual sensory impairment and acquired deaf-blindness. His research domains include basic sensory science, as well as medical, psychosocial, and rehabilitation approaches to sensory loss, where he as published over 40 peer-reviewed articles.
He is funded by the Fonds de la recherche du Québec - Santé as well as - Societé & Culture, the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging, the Alzheimer Society of Canada, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is Quebec’s first Certified Low Vision Therapist.