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 Paul Harris, OD, FCOVD, FACBO, FAAO is a 1979 Graduate of the State University of New York, State College of Optometry who since September of 2010 is a Professor at Southern College of Optometry. Didactically he teaches Amblyopia and Strabismus and Pediatrics. Clinically he is involved in Vision Therapy, Vision Rehabilitation and Hospital Based Care for ABI/TBI, Pediatrics and Electrodiagnostics. He is also actively involved in research working on new ways to measure stereo acuity, visual acuity and looking into how color can help patients with TBI/ABI, migraine and seizure disorders. His accreditations include Fellowships in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (1984), the Australasian College of Behavioral Optometry (1993), the American Academy of Optometry (1999) and the National Academies of Practice (2013). He is a past President of the Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEPF). In 1991 Dr. Harris founded the Baltimore Academy for Behavioral Optometry (BABO) to help expand the quantity and quality of behavioral optometric care available to the public. These courses are now part of the OEPF’s educational base and are known as the Clinical Curriculum, which provides hands-on small-group post-graduate clinical education in the field of behavioral vision care. Over 1000 optometrists and vision therapists in the US and abroad have taken part in one or more of these courses. 

Barry S Kran, OD, FAAO, a professor at the New England College of Optometry, lectures nationally and internationally on the care of individuals with visual and other impairments. Many of his patients at the collaborative clinic between the college and the Perkins School for the Blind have some level of vision impairment often along with other impairment. Many patients have cortical/cerebral vision impairment (CVI) as a key component of their visual impairment. Dr. Kran spent the fall of 2016 traveling the world to exchange information about the evaluation of and care of individuals with CVI. He has participated in and has run symposia at international meetings on this topic and has authored book chapters and papers on CVI. He is currently collaborating on several research projects in this area. The diagnosis of CVI, education of family members and provision of advocacy for services is a common outcome of patient encounters. 

Corinna Bauer, PhD. is Instructor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and works in the Laboratory for Visual Neuroplasticity at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. She focuses her research on understanding how the visual dysfunctions observed in cortical/cerebral visual impairment (CVI) relate to brain structure and function. Following a master’s in bioimaging, she completed her doctoral studies in neurobiology at Boston University School of Medicine utilizing neuroimaging techniques in the study of Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment. Currently, she applies advanced MRI techniques to study how the brain adapts to vision loss due to both ocular and cerebral causes. Corinna’s recent work concentrates on the relationship between brain structure and function with performance on assessments of higher-order visual processing in individuals living with cortical/cerebral visual impairment. 

Darick Wright, M.A., CLVT/COMS is currently the Orientation and Mobility Coordinator in the Vision Studies Program at the School for Global Inclusion & Social Development, University of Massachusetts-Boston. Prior to UMass-Boston, he was the Coordinator of the New England Eye Low Vision Clinic at Perkins School for the Blind. He has been in the field of visual impairment as orientation & mobility specialist and low vision therapist for 32 years and lectures nationally and internationally on topics relating to visual impairment. Mr. Wright has held academic appointments at the New England College of Optometry, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, University of British Columbia. 

Tammy Reisman, M.Ed., C.A.E.S., CTVI is currently the Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments Teacher Preparation Coordinator in the Vision Studies Program at the School for Global Inclusion & Social Development, University of Massachusetts-Boston. She is also currently a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments in the Newton Public Schools in Massachusetts. She has been in the field of visual impairment as teacher of students with visual impairments for 27 years and lectures and presents locally and nationally on topics relating to visual impairment.  

Celia Hinrichs, OD, FCOVD has been working with children with multiple issues for over 33 years. She is currently overseeing interns and residents in the Specialty Clinic of New England College of Optometry (NECO). Her previous experience includes overseeing a NECO specialty clinic, running a private practice with multiple issues as the specialty for seventeen years, and both examining patients and teaching students at the Perkins Low Vision Clinic.  Throughout her career Dr. Hinrichs has lectured, taught and written on the needs of special populations. She continues to work on approaches to allow this population to use their visual skills more effectively in daily living skills and education.