Dr. Beth Harper is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Instructor of Record of Clinical Programs at the New England College of Optometry. She spends part of her time in the Office of Clinical Education of the College, working on the development and management of its robust clinical affiliations and rotations. She also serves as a lab instructor for the first year student course, Principles and Practices of Optometry. Dr. Harper serves on several faculty committees, including the Residency Program committee, the VSP scholarship committee, and the New England Eye Professional Staff Clinical Education committee.
Through her appointment as an attending optometrist with New England Eye, she provides care as a staff optometrist at Lynn Community Health Center, in Lynn, Massachusetts. There, she oversees second, third, and fourth year students during their clinical rotations. Dr. Harper has a special interest in the vision and eye health of infants and young children, and has worked with the health center’s pediatrics department to expand access to eye care for these important and underserved groups.
Dr. Harper graduated in 2002 from the University of Rochester with a degree in Brain and Cognitive Sciences and in 2007 from the State University of New York College of Optometry. She then went on to complete a residency at the Boston VA Medical Center in Jamaica Plain in 2008. She joined the faculty at the College in 2011.
Dr. Harper is an active member of her state and national professional associations, the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists (MSO) and the American Optometric Association (AOA), respectively. For the MSO, she serves as chair of the North Shore District, past Chair of the Membership Committee, and active member of the Legislative Committee. She is the faculty advisor for the MSO student chapter. She also serves on the American Optometric Association’s Student and New Graduate Committee. She was the recipient of the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists Young Optometrist of the Year Award in 2012.