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NECO Faculty, Students, Residents, and Alumni Present at Academy 2016

New England College of Optometry was well represented at the American Academy of Optometry’s Annual Meeting this past November in Anaheim, California. Faculty, students, professional staff, residents, and alumni presented posters, research, and lectures on a diverse range of topics in optometry and vision science.


  • OCT for  Bumps from Front to Back — Robert Dunphy , OD
  • OCT and cSLO in Retinal Vascular Disorders — Robert Dunphy , OD
  • Rapid Fire: Dry Eye: Focusing on the Sequelae Leads to Long-Term Failure  –  Caroline Blackie, OD, PhD, FAAO, Don Korb, OD, FAAO,  Christen Kenrick, OD,  FAAO, Amy Nau, OD
  • Understanding the Clinical Significance of the Concunctival Lumps Bumps and Spots — Thomas Freddo, OD, PhD
  • Management of a Cornea When a Standard Scleral Lens Induces Corneal Edema in A Compromised Endothelium —  Crystal Remington, OD
  • Fitting GP Contact Lenses Beyond the Limbus — Ron Wantanabe, OD
  • Optometric Education Section: Remediation of the Struggling Student Clinician: Theory and Practice –  Beth Harper, OD
  • Symposium: Low Vision Section: Treating Retinal Degeneration Today and Tomorrow: How Close Are We to Curing Genetic Eye Disease? — Nicole Ross, OD, MS, FAAO
  • Grand Rounds:  Purple Tear Drops: A Curious Case of Misdirection —  Thomas Andrea, OD
  • Affordable Care Act: A Primer —  Diane Russo, OD
  • Novel Approaches on Amblyopia Treatment — Fuensanta Vera Diaz, PhD, OD
  • A CD4 Count of 1: Ellerbrock Grand Rounds Presentation – Dan Bastian, OD, FAAO


  • Modified Referral Criteria for the Spot Photoscreener to Increase Amblyopia Risk Factor Detection in Preschoolers –  Hilary Gaiser, OD, Bruce Moore, OD, FAAO, Nadine Solaka, OD, Ran He, Blair Germain
  • Detection of Moderate Hyperopia in Preschool Children: Performance of Screening Tests— Bruce Moore, OD, FAAO, Gui-Shuang Ying, PhD, Elise Ciner, OD, FAAO, Marjean Kulp, OD, MS, FAAO, T. Rowan Candy, MCOptom, PhD, FAAO, Maxwell Pistilli, Maureen Maguire, PhD
  • Vision in Preschoolers-Hyperopia in Preschoolers (VIP-HIP) Study: Effects of Uncorrected, Moderate Hyperopia on Visual-Motor Integration— Marjean Kulp, OD, MS, FAAO, Elise Ciner, OD, FAAO, Maureen Maguire, PhD, Maxwell Pistilli, Bruce Moore, OD, FAAO, Lynn Cyert, PhD, OD, FAAO, Graham Quinn, T. Rowan Candy, MCOptom, PhD, FAAO, Gui-Shuang Ying, PhD, VIP-HIP Study Group
  • CVI Status Post Rare Neonatal Thalamic Stroke— Kristen Kerber, MSc, OD
  • Diversity Trends in Our Schools and Colleges of Optometry—Gary Chu, OD, Diane Russo, OD, Barbara Fink, OD, Janet Leasher, OD, Lillian Kalaczinski, OD, Keisha Elder, OD


  • Accuracy of the SPOT Pediatric Vision Screener Compared to Comprehensive Eye Exam in Children Aged 0 to 36 months —  Blair Germain, Gayathri Srinivasan, OD, MS, FAAO, Bruce Moore, OD, FAAO, Stacy Lyons, OD, FAAO, Hilary Gaiser, OD, Li Deng, PhD, FAAO, Kathy Majzoub, RN, MBA
  • Comparison of Cycloplegic Refraction between Grand Seiko and Retinomax Autorefractors in the Vision in Preschoolers - Hyperopia in Preschoolers Study —  Elise Ciner, OD, FAAO, Gui-Shuang Ying, PhD, Maureen Maguire, PhD, Maxwell Pistilli, Marjean Kulp, OD, MS, FAAO, T. Rowan Candy, MCOptom, PhD, FAAO, Bruce Moore, OD, FAAO, Lynn Cyert, PhD, OD, FAAO
  • Efficacy of Novel Vision Screening Tool in Identifying Vision Disorders in Children from Birth to Three Years of Age — Gayathri Srinivasan, OD, MS, FAAO, Bruce Moore, OD, FAAO, Stacy Lyons, OD, FAAO, Blair Germain
  • Accommodative Dysfunction Post-Concussion in the Adolescent Population —  Aparna Raghuram, OD, PhD, FAAO, Sowjanya Gowrisanaran, BSOptom, PhD, Jameel Kanji, OD, MSc, Ankoor Shah, MD, PhD
  • Dry Eye Symptoms in a Graduate School in Cohort as Measured by SPEED Questionnaire —  Amy Nau, OD, Christen Kenrick, OD, FAAO, Andrew McLeod, OD,MS,FAAO; Caroline Blackie, OD,PhD,FAAO; Sabiha Aloo,MS; Donald Korb, OD, FAAO
  • Optical Management of Higher Order Aberrations with Scleral Lenses —  Amy Burke, OD; Andrew McLeod, OD,MS,FAAO
  • Evaluation of Elective Program Effectiveness in Meeting Course Goals —  Gayathri Srinivasan, OD,MS,FAAO; Stacy Lyons, OD
  • Increasing Density: Ocular Manifestations and Functional Vision in a Case of Infantile Malignant Autosomal Recessive Osteoporosis –  Alicia Hanley, Darick Wright, MA,COMS/CLVT, Nicole Ross, OD, MS, FAAO
  • Lay observers' ability to detect strabismus and the role of model and observer ethnicity —  Erik Weissberg, OD, FAAO
  • Taking Charge: A clinical chart review of ocular findings in CHARGE syndrome — Rebecca Deffler, Alicia Hanley, Barry Kran, OD, FAAO, Nicole Ross, OD, MSc, FAAO
  • Ptosis and Proptosis in an Infant with Neurofibromatosis Type 1 —  Kathryn Hannis
  • Blur Perception in Near-Peripheral Retina – Lenna Walker, Guido Maiello, PhD Candidate, Peter Bex, PhD, Nancy Coletta, OD, PhD, FAAO, Fuensanta Vera-Diaz, OD, PhD, FAAO
  • The Tick Did It, Twice – Alina Reznick, OD, Dan Bastian, OD, FAAO, Timothy Bossie, OD, FAAO
  • The Usage and Impact of Electronic Medical and Health Records in Optometric Education – Aurora Denial, OD, FAAO, Dan Bastian, OD, FAAO, Gary Chu, OD, MPH, FAAO, Amy Moy, OD, FAAO
  • The Use and Impact of Active Study Methods by First Year Optometry Students – Nancy Carlson, OD, Barbara McGinley, Aurora Denial, OD, FAAO


  • Papers:  Preschoolers Vision — Nicole Quinn, OD & Heather Anderson, OD, PhD, FAAO 
  • Papers: Hot Topics : Binocular Vision – Erik Weissberg, OD, FAAO
  • Papers: Optometric Education – Daniel Taylor, OD, FAAO and Erik Weissberg, OD, FAAO


  • 2016 AOF/Johnson and Johnson Innovation in Education Grant: Elena Biffi, OD
  • AOF Fredric Rosemore Low Vision Educational Grant: Richard Jamara, OD, Sarah Alexis Malkin, OD, FAAO, Nicole Ross, OD, MSc, FAAO, Sarah Wassnig, OD
  • J. Pat Cummings Scholarship: Micaela Gobeille, OD/MS ‘18
  • VSP and AOF Practice Excellence Scholarship: Avani Dave, OD ’17 and Michael Merritt, OD ‘17
  • Bert C. and Lydia M. Corwin Contact Lens Residency Award: Caitlin Morrison, OD
  • Terrance N. Ingraham Pediatric Optometry Residency Award: Jameel Kanji, OD, MSc

Please note that author lists above primarily present NECO-affiliated faculty, students, and staff and may not necessarily represent complete author lists or all contributors on a given project.