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NSU Optometry Professor Receives National Award

Professor Rachel A. "Stacey" Coulter, O.D., M.S.Ed., FAAO, FCOVD

Professor Rachel A. “Stacey” Coulter, O.D., M.S.Ed., FAAO, FCOVD

The American Academy of Optometry (AAO) recently announced Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Optometry Professor Rachel A. “Stacey” Coulter, O.D., M.S.Ed., FAAO, FCOVD, as the recipient of the prestigious 2016 William Feinbloom Award. Coulter was recognized at the Academy 2016 Anaheim Awards Ceremony on November 11, 2016.

Each year the AAO recognizes distinguished individuals who have made countless contributions to advancing the profession of optometry. Established in 1983, the William Feinbloom Award is presented annually to an individual who has made a distinguished and significant contribution to clinical excellence and the direct clinical advancement of visual and optometric service and thus the visual enhancement of the public.

“The individuals nominated for awards this year were all exceptional individuals, which made it a difficult but rewarding task to come up with leading candidates,” Chris A. Johnson, Ph.D., D.Sc., FAAO, Awards Committee chair. “I am indebted to those who performed the nominations and those who served on the awards committee. The high quality of candidates is an indication of the success, improvement and influence of the American Academy of Optometry, the American Optometric Foundation, and its members.”

According to the AAO, Dr. Coulter demonstrates the link between her clinical research expertise while raising the standards of routine clinical optometric practice. She is an outstanding role model for individuals aspiring to combine research and clinical practice in their career goals.

Coulter is professor and chair of the Optometric Sciences Department at NSU’s College of Optometry. She has served in various roles since joining Southeastern University of the Health Sciences (now NSU) in 1992.

She has authored numerous refereed journal articles in publications such as Strabismus, Optometry and Vision Science, Optometry, and Optometry & Vision Development. She has also authored a textbook chapter in the 5th edition of Bartlett and Janus’s text Clinical Ocular Pharmacology. She serves on the Editorial Review Board for Optometry & Vision Development and has served as a guest reviewer for several journals.

Coulter has significant research experience in the areas of autism and vision, convergence insufficiency, preschool vision screening and ocular motility and attention. She has presented scientific research at conferences and continuing education lectures on topics including binocular vision and pediatric optometry.

Coulter is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. She is a diplomate in binocular vision, perception and pediatric optometry. She has held several positions for AAO, including chair of the Binocular Vision, Perception and Pediatric Optometry Section, vice- chair of the Membership Committee, and two-time member of the Nominating Committee. She also is a past chair of the Children’s Vision Committee for the Florida Optometric Association and was elected as a distinguished practitioner to the National Academies of Practice in 2009.

Coulter received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University in 1983 and her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1991. She completed a residency in pediatric optometry and vision therapy at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.