Walter Wittich, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, School of Optometry, Université de Montréal
Adjunct Professor, School of Physical & Occupational Therapy, McGill University
Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Concordia University
Regular Member and Site Director
CRIR–Lethbridge-Layton-Mackay Rehabilitation Center, MAB and Mackay sites, CIUSSS West-Central Montreal and
CRIR– Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille, CISSS de la Montérégie-Centre

Phone: 514 343-7962

Fax: 514 343-2382




  • B.Sc., Psychology, Concordia University, 2004
  • M.A., Psychology, Concordia University, 2006
  • Certificate, Trans-disciplinary Research Training, University of Toronto, 2007
  • Ph.D., Neuroscience, McGill University, 2010
  • Postdoctorate, Audiology/Biomedical science, Université de Montréal, 2012

Research interests

Sensory impairments; low-vision clientele.

Research Laboratory

Vision Impairment Research Laboratory

Selected publications


Littlejohn, J., Bowen, M., Constantinidou, F., Dawes, P., Dickinson, C., Heyn, P., Hooper, E., Hopper, T., Hubbard, I., Langenbahn, D., Nieman, E., Rajagopal, M., Thodi, C., Weinstein, B., Wittich, W. & Leroi, I. (2022) International practice recommendations for the recognition and management of hearing and vision impairment in people with dementia, Gerontology, 68(2), 121–135. [doi] OPEN ACCESS

*Martiniello, N., *Lehane, C., Eisenbarth, W., Johnson, A. & Wittich, W. (2022). Exploring the use of smartphones and tablets among people with visual impairments: Are mainstream devices replacing the use of traditional visual aids? Assistive Technology34(1), 34-45 [doi] OPEN ACCESS

Wittich, W., Damen, S., & Nicholas, J. (in press). Living with deafblindness in a new reality: An international webinar to facilitate global knowledge translation, British Journal of Visual Impairment. [doi] OPEN ACCESS

Paramasivam, A., *Jaiswal, A., Minhas, R., Holzhey, P, Keys, K., Lopez, R. & Wittich, W. (2021). The International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health Core Sets for deafblindness – systematic literature review: A Study Protocol, PLoS One, 16(12): e0261413. [doi] OPEN ACCESS

Gupta, S., Jaiswal, A., Sukhai, M., & Wittich, W. (in press May 8th 2022). Hearing disability and employment: A population-based analysis using the 2017 Canadian Survey on Disability, Disability & Rehabilitation [doi]







Research orientation

Axis 1: Sensory, Motor and Cognitive Functions and Activities

Research topic

Theme 1: Functional Mechanisms

Research Site

CRIR – Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille, CISSS de la Montérégie-Centre

CRIR – Lethbridge-Layton-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre (Layton-Mackay Site), CIUSSS West-Central Montreal

University Affiliation