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Rachel A. “Stacey” Coulter, OD, MS

Behavioral Scholar-in-Residence, 2014


Sunday, April 6

9:00 am - noon


Rachel Anastasia "Stacey" Coulter, OD, MS, is an optometrist, clinical educator, and researcher with a special interest in vision and autism. She received an AB from Duke University in 1983 and a doctor of optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (now Salus University) in 1991. She completed a residency in pediatric optometry and vision therapy at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and has been faculty at the Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry since 1992. In 2012, she received a masters’ degree in special education.


In clinical research, Dr. Coulter served as a principal investigator in the Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial. She also has completed several studies of vision in patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder and has published multiple articles and book chapters on topics related to pediatric optometry, including optometric care of patients with autism. She has presented her clinical work and research in autism at the American Academy of Optometry, the International Meeting for Autism Research, and to multiple state optometric associations.

Dr. Coulter is a fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and of the American Academy of Optometry. She is a diplomate in binocular vision, perception and pediatric optometry and has served as chair of both the Binocular Vision, Perception and Pediatric Optometry Section of the American Academy of Optometry and the Florida Optometric Association Children’s Vision Committee. In 2009, the National Academies of Practice recognized her as a distinguished practitioner.

Each year, NECO’s Behavioral Scholar-in-Residence Program brings a distinguished optometrist to the College for several days during the spring semester. This individual, who specializes in behavioral vision/vision therapy, provides information and inspiration to students about this important area of practice. The scholar also has the opportunity to meet with key administrators and faculty to discuss the implications of behavioral optometry upon the curriculum and on clinical education. The program is supported by the Rosborough Behavioral Optometry Studies Fund, a College endowment that is funded by contributions from behavioral optometrists, by the Optometric Extension Program, and by the Friends of the Sensorially Deprived, through a bequest from the late Pearl Rosborough.

There will also be a symposium on Thursday evening, April 3, at 6:00 pm titled “Autism – It’s Impact on Families and Society.” Dr. Richard Laudon will be the facilitator of a panel which will include various optometrists. This symposium is open to all students, faculty and invited guests.

Dr. Coulter’s visit will also include presentations to the first, second and third-year classes at NECO, as well as continuing education lectures, entitled “Is Your Practice Ready To Care for the Patient with Autism Spectrum Disorder?” and “Providing Vision Therapy to Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Case Series.” Details on these lectures are listed below.





Registration Required*

CE Credit

Thurs., April 3

6:00 pm

Symposium: Autism – It’s Impact on Families and Society


Mass Credit Only

Sun., April 6

9:00 am-noon

“Is your practice ready to care for the patient with autism spectrum disorder?”


“Providing vision therapy to patients with autism spectrum disorder- A case series”



*To register please call Tim Wilson (617-587-5642), or email



Join us for these exciting programs and meet the

2014 Behavioral Scholar-in-Residence,

Dr. Stacey Coulter!