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Now Accepting Applications for 2018 Research Grants!


 Thanks to the generous donation from the Jacqueline Clark Trust in 2010, we were able to create the Research Reserve Fund. Interest from that fund and donations made to the Presidents Research Fund are used to pay the research grants awarded. Thanks to the foresight of Jacqueline Clark and our regular donors, we are able to continue funding important research projects.

Each year, a variable amount of funding is available to support research related to occulomotor, binocular vision, visual information processing and learning-related vision problems and vision therapy. Grants can be used to initiate new research or support continuing active research programs. Only COVD members are eligible to apply for a grant.

Funding will be provided beginning July 31 for research to be conducted during the 2018-2019 academic year. All applications are reviewed by the COVD Research Committee, which makes recommendations to the Board of Directors for the selection of grant recipients.

Past Awarded Grants


Power Analysis of Large and Small Check VEPs to Establish Objective Categorization of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Principal Investigator: Paul Harris, OD, FCOVD
Amount Funded: $3800

"Central Activation of the Near Triad in Athletes with Low Pupillometry Scores."
Principal Investigator: Tamara Oechslin, OD, PhD
Amount Funded: $4600


Objective Assessment of Visual Attention in Younger Children with ADHD Using Visual Evoked Potentials (VEP)
Principal Investigator: Naveen Kumar Yadav, BS(H) Optom, MS, PhD
Co-Investigator(s): Melissa Suckow, OD, FAAO
Amount Funded: $4000

Refining the Diagnosis of Fusional Vergence Dysfunction with Open-Loop Accommodative Testing
Principal Investigator: Ronald Gall, OD, MSc, FAAO, Diplomate BVPPO
Co-Investigator(s): Bruce Wick, OD, PhD, FAAO, Diplomate BVPPO
Amount Funded: $3500


Effects of Alternate Occlusion on Children’s Fixation Disparity in Reading 
Principal Investigator: Hannu R. Laukkanen, OD MEd FCOVD-A
Co-investigator(s): James E. Sheedy, OD, PhD; Shun-nan Yang, PhD
Amount Funded: $6000

Visual Function in Parkinson's Disease
Principal Investigator: Mosaad Alhassan, BSc, MSc, PhD student
Co-investigator(s): Jeffery K. Hovis, OD, PhD, FAAO
Amount Funded: $3500


Modified CISS to Assess Symptoms in Patients with Accommodative Dysfunction (Treatment Response in Accommodative Insufficiency (TRAIn) Study)
Principal Investigator: Lisa W. Christian, OD, FCOVD, FAAO
Co-investigator(s): Elizabeth Irving, OD, MSc, PhD; Marjean Kulp OD, MD; G. Lynn Mitchell, MAS; Tamara Oechslin, OD, MS; Pamela Schnell, OD,FAAO
Amount Funded: $8,000

A Novel Amblyopia Training System for Impoverished School Children
Principal Investigator: Dr. Lily Chan
Co-investigator(s): Dr. Benjamin Thompson; Dr. Jinrong Li; Dr. Robert Hess
Amount Funded: $4,000


Prescribing Yoked Prism in Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Study of Inter-Examiner Agreement of the Kaplan Nonverbal Battery
Principal Investigator: Dr. Rachel A. Coulter, OD
Co-investigator(s): Annette Abade, OD
Amount Funded: $3,250

Objective Assessment of Attention Deficit in the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) Polulation Using Visual-Evoked Potential (VEP)
Principal Investigator: Dr. Kenneth J. Ciuffreda, OD, PhD
Co-investigator(s): Naveen Kumar Yadav, BS(H) Optom, MS, PhD Candidate
Amount Funded: $2,250


Treatment of TBI-Induced Oculomotor Dysfunction and Associated Reading Problems
Principle Investigator: Dr. Kenneth J Ciuffreda, OD, PhD
Co-investigator: Preethi Thiagarajan (B.S. Optom., M.S., FAAO)
Amount Funded: $4000

Principle Investigator: Dr. Mitchell Scheiman
Co-investigators: Mark Mintz, MD, Eric Borsting, OD, Barry Tannen, OD, Michael Gallaway, OD
Amount Funded: $4000

Studying the role of accommodative/vergence function in reading development  through visual screening.
Principle Investigator: Christopher Chase, PhD
Co-investigators: Maureen Powers, PhD, Chunming Liu, MD, PhD, OD, Efrain Castellanos, OD, Kristy Remick, OD
Amount Funded: $4,000

No grants awarded 

Measuring accommodative function with autorefraction

Chris Chase, PhD – Principal Investigator
Eric Borsting, OD, MSs – Co-investigator
Amount funded: $2,000

Correlation of Visual Motion Sensitivity Tests with Pseudoword Decoding, and Reading Speed, Accuracy, and Fluency, in Children

Barry Tannen, OD, FCOVD – Principal Investigator
Kenneth Ciuffreda, OD, PhD and Steve Larson, OD, PsyD – Co-investigators
Amount funded: $1,000

Effect of Vision Therapy on Accommodative Function and the Ciliary Body in Patients with Accommodative Insufficiency

Marjean Taylor Kulp, OD, MS – Principal Investigator
Kathryn Richdale, OD, MS: G. Lynn Mitchell, MAS – Co-investigators
Amount funded: $2,000

Effect of Oculomotor Rehabilitation in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Kenneth Ciuffreda, OD, PhD, FCOVD-A
Amount funded: $2,500

Accommodative Response/Accommodative Stimulus Functions Derived with Haynes' MEM-LN Dynamic Retinoscopy: Implications for Nearpoint Lens Prescribing 
David A. Goss, OD, PhD, FAAO, FCOVD-A
Amount funded: $2,500

The effect of office-based vision therapy on reading performance in children 10-12 years of age with symptomatic convergence insufficiency: a prospective pilot study.
Mitchell Scheiman, OD, FCOVD
Amount funded: $5,000

Assessing Accommodation Dysfunction in College Students
Chris Chase, PhD
Amount funded: $5,000

Structural and Functional Aspects of Nearwork-Induced Transient Myopia
Kenneth J. Ciuffreda, OD, PhD, FCOVD
Amount funded: $5,000

The Effect of HTS Vision Therapy on Reading and Math Skills in Fourth Graders”(“VT and Reading Scores: Longitudinal Effects”)
David A. Goss, OD, FCOVD-R and Maureen Powers, Ph. D, FCOVD-R
Amount funded: $2,000

The Effect of HTS Vision Therapy on Reading and Math Skills in Fourth Graders
David A. Goss, OD, FCOVD-R
Amount funded: $2,000

No research grants awarded
Diagnosis and Treatment of Coherent Motion M-Cell Deficits and Reading Comprehension
Harold Solan, OD, MA
Amount funded: $2,500

Pre and Post Results of a Multi-Center Study on the Efficacy of Vision Therapy for Binocular Vision Dysfunctions
W.C. Maples, OD
Amount funded: $2,500

Fixation Control of Amblyopic Eyes
Kenneth J. Ciuffreda, OD, FCOVD
Amount funded: $2,500

Correction of Hyperopia in Children Study
Ida Chung, OD
Amount funded: $3,500

RSVP:  Reading, Scholastics and Visual Processing
Marjean Taylor Kulp, OD, MS
Amount funded: $2,375

Effects of Visual Transient Subsystem Inefficiency and Fixation Disparity on Sensory and Cognitive Visually-Evoked Potentials in Reading Disabled Children
Penelope S. Suter, OD
Amount funded: $2,375

Eitology and Treatment of Saccadic Dysfunction:  The Effects of Expressive Language Skills on Eye Movement during Saccadic Testing
Anthony Ficarra, OD
Amount funded: $2,375

Visual Perceptual Skills of Visually Impaired Children
Ingryd Lorenzana, OD
Amount funded: $1,924.03

Stereopsis and its Educational Significance
Selwyn Super, Dip. Optom.
Amount funded: 

Accommodative Accuracy in Pre-myopes
Mark Rosenfield, PhD
Amount funded: $2,000

Improvement of Reading Efficiency in RD 6th Grade Children:  Effect of Consecutive Oculomotor Training and Reversing the Order of Training
Harold A. Solan, OD, M.A.
Amount funded: $1,200

The Development of Automated Clinical Method to Measure 
Response AC/A Ratios
Bill Rainey, OD, MS
Amount funded:

Etiology and Treatment of Saccadic Dysfunction:  A possible expressive language problem masquerading as saccadic dysfunction
Anthony Ficarra, OD
Amount funded: $2,375

Comparison of Vision Screening Methods for Preschoolers
Gregory E. Steele, OD, PhD
Amount funded: $915

Effect of Bifocal Lenses on Childhood Myopia Progression
David Goss, OD, PhD
Amount funded: $2,000

Exploring the Mechanism of Suppression and the Methods to Overcome It
Teng-Leng Ooi, B. Optom, PhD
Amount funded: $1,500