Larry Perlmuter received a Ph.D.in Experimental Psychology at Syracuse University and completed his NIH funded post-doctoral studies at Duke University under the guidance of Gregory Kimble in learning. After appointments at Bowdoin College, VPI, and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, he joined the University of Health Sciences as Professor and Department Chair of Psychology. (Eventually the University was renamed Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science).
At Massachusetts General Hospital he conducted NIA funded research in diabetes and later he continued this research at the North Chicago Veterans Administration Hospital. He held editorial duties in the Journal of Experimental Aging Research, and for a number of years served on the Editorial Board of Diabetes Care.
He has published more than 88 articles in peer-reviewed journals and chapters and his research focus has has been on perceived control, intergenerational effects of diabetes mellitus and Rheumatoid Arthritis, and glucose utilization in relation to cognitive function and depression. He has published one Edited book with Dr. Richard Monty on Perceived Control and served for more than two decades as a consultant to the Human Engineering Laboratory in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland and he has lectured and conducted research in China, Bulgaria, Spain and Israel.