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The application period for 2019 has ended!

 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 current COVD members are eligible to apply for a grant. 

Past Awarded Grants

Year Recipient(s) Title Money Granted
 2019 Principal Investigator: Lisa Christian, OD, FCOVD, FAAO, Associate Clinical Professor
Co-Investigators: Ewa Neichwiej-Szwedo, PhD, Assistant Professor; Deborah Giaschi, PhD Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, UBC Investigator
Visuomotor function in children with amblyopia: implications for clinical assessment and treatment $6,500
  Principal Investigator: Christina Esposito, OD, FCOVD
Co-Investigator: Nicole M. Putnam, PhD
Measurements of Microsaccades and Fixational Eye Movements in Acquired Brain Injury Patients Pre and Post Vision Therapy utilizing the Tracking Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope (TSLO) $3,500
2018 Principal Investigator: Marjean Kulp, OD
Co-Investigators: Nicklaus Fogt, Prof; Andrew Toole; Emmanuel Owusu
Imaging Convergence Insufficiency Trial (ICIT) $8,500
  Principal Investigator: Angela Chen, OD, MS
Co-Investigators: Susan Cotter, OD, MS, FAAO, FCOVD; Kristine Huang, OD, MPH; Eric Borsting, OD, MS, FCOVD; Dashaini Retnasothie, OD, MS
Vision Endurance in 11 <18-yo Children with Concussion-Related Convergence Insufficiency Compared with Naturally-Occurring Convergence Insufficiency $1,500
2017 Principal Investigator: Tamara Oechslin, OD, PhD
Central Activation of the Near Triad in Athletes with Low Pupillometry Scores $4,600
  Principal Investigator: Paul Harris, OD, FCOVD
Co-Investigator: Mark Myers, PhD
Power Analysis of Large and Small Check VEPs to Establish Objective Categorization of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury $3,800
2016 Principal Investigator: Ronald Gall, OD, MSc, FAAO, Diplomate BVPPO
Co-Investigator: Bruce Wick, OD, PhD, FAAO, Diplomate BVPPO
Refining the Diagnosis of Fusional Vergence Dysfunction with Open-Loop Accommodative Testing $3,500
  Principal Investigator: Naveen Kumar Yadav, BS(H) Optom, MS, PhD
Co-Investigator: Melissa Suckow, OD, FAAO
Objective Assessment of Visual Attention in Younger Children with ADHD Using Visual Evoked Potentials (VEP) $4,000
2015 Principal Investigator: Mosaad Alhassan, BSc, MSc, PhD student
Co-Investigator: Jeffery K. Hovis, OD, PhD, FAAO
Visual Function in Parkinson's Disease $3,500
  Principal Investigator: Hannu R. Laukkanen, OD MEd FCOVD-A
Co-Investigators: James E. Sheedy, OD, PhD; Shun-nan Yang, PhD
Effects of Alternate Occlusion on Children’s Fixation Disparity in Reading $6,000
2014 Principal Investigator: Lily Chan
Co-Investigators: Benjamin Thompson; Jinrong Li; Robert Hess
A Novel Amblyopia Training System for Impoverished School Children $4,000
  Principal Investigator: Lisa W. Christian, OD, FCOVD, FAAO
Co-Investigators: Elizabeth Irving, OD, MSc, PhD; Marjean Kulp OD, MD; G. Lynn Mitchell, MAS; Tamara Oechslin, OD, MS; Pamela Schnell, OD,FAAO
Modified CISS to Assess Symptoms in Patients with Accommodative Dysfunction (Treatment Response in Accommodative Insufficiency (TRAIn) Study) $8,000
2013 Principal Investigator: Kenneth J. Ciuffreda, OD, PhD
Co-Investigator: Naveen Kumar Yadav, BS(H) Optom, MS, PhD Candidate
Objective Assessment of Attention Deficit in the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) Polulation Using Visual-Evoked Potential (VEP) $2,250
  Principal Investigator: Rachel A. Coulter, OD
Co-Investigator: Annette Abade, OD
Prescribing Yoked Prism in Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Study of Inter-Examiner Agreement of the Kaplan Nonverbal Battery $3,250
2012 Principal Investigator: Christopher Chase, PhD
Co-Investigators: Maureen Powers, PhD; Chunming Liu, MD, PhD, OD; Efrain Castellanos, OD; Kristy Remick, OD
Studying the role of accommodative/vergence function in reading development  through visual screening $4,000
  Principal Investigator: Mitchell Scheiman
Co-Investigators: Mark Mintz, MD; Eric Borsting, OD; Barry Tannen, OD; Michael Gallaway, OD
  Principal Investigator: Kenneth J Ciuffreda, OD, PhD, FCOVD
Co-Investigator: Preethi Thiagarajan, B.S. Optom., M.S., FAAO
Treatment of TBI-Induced Oculomotor Dysfunction and Associated Reading Problems $4,000
2010 Principal Investigator: Marjean Taylor Kulp, OD, MS
Co-Investigators: Kathryn Richdale, OD, MS; G. Lynn Mitchell, MAS
Effect of Vision Therapy on Accommodative Function and the Ciliary Body in Patients with Accommodative Insufficiency $2,000
  Principal Investigator: Barry Tannen, OD, FCOVD
Co-Investigators: Kenneth Ciuffreda, OD, PhD; Steve Larson, OD, PsyD
Correlation of Visual Motion Sensitivity Tests with Pseudoword Decoding, and Reading Speed, Accuracy, and Fluency, in Children $1,000
  Principal Investigator: Chris Chase, PhD
Co-Investigator: Eric Borsting, OD, MSs
Measuring accommodative function with autorefraction $2,000
2009 David A. Goss, OD, PhD, FAAO, FCOVD-A  Accommodative Response/Accommodative Stimulus Functions Derived with Haynes' MEM-LN Dynamic Retinoscopy: Implications for Nearpoint Lens Prescribing $2,500
  Kenneth Ciuffreda, OD, PhD, FCOVD-A  Effect of Oculomotor Rehabilitation in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) $2,500
2008 Mitchell Scheiman, OD, FCOVD  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 $5,000
2007 Chris Chase, PhD  Assessing Accommodation Dysfunction in College Students $5,000
2006 Kenneth J. Ciuffreda, OD, PhD, FCOVD  Structural and Functional Aspects of Nearwork-Induced Transient Myopia $5,000
2005 David A. Goss, OD, FCOVD-R; Maureen Powers, Ph. D, FCOVD-R  The Effect of HTS Vision Therapy on Reading and Math Skills in Fourth Graders”(“VT and Reading Scores: Longitudinal Effects”) $2,000
2004 David A. Goss, OD, FCOVD-R  The Effect of HTS Vision Therapy on Reading and Math Skills in Fourth Graders $2,000
2002 Kenneth J. Ciuffreda, OD, FCOVD  Fixation Control of Amblyopic Eyes $2,500
  W.C. Maples, OD  Pre and Post Results of a Multi-Center Study on the Efficacy of Vision Therapy for Binocular Vision Dysfunctions $2,500
  Harold Solan, OD, MA  Diagnosis and Treatment of Coherent Motion M-Cell Deficits and Reading Comprehension $2,500
2001 Ida Chung, OD  Correction of Hyperopia in Children Study $3,500
2000 Anthony Ficarra, OD  Etiology and Treatment of Saccadic Dysfunction:  The Effects of Expressive Language Skills on Eye Movement during Saccadic Testing $2,375
  Penelope S. Suter, OD  Effects of Visual Transient Subsystem Inefficiency and Fixation Disparity on Sensory and Cognitive Visually-Evoked Potentials in Reading Disabled Children $2,375
  Marjean Taylor Kulp, OD, MS  RSVP: Reading, Scholastics and Visual Processing $2,375
1999 Anthony Ficarra, OD Etiology and Treatment of Saccadic Dysfunction:  A possible expressive language problem masquerading as saccadic dysfunction $2,375
  Gregory E. Steele, OD, PhD  Comparison of Vision Screening Methods for Preschoolers $915
  Harold A. Solan, OD, M.A.  Improvement of Reading Efficiency in RD 6th Grade Children:  Effect of Consecutive Oculomotor Training and Reversing the Order of Training $1,200
  Mark Rosenfield, PhD  Accommodative Accuracy in Pre-myopes $2,000
  Ingryd Lorenzana, OD  Visual Perceptual Skills of Visually Impaired Children $1,924.03
  Bill Rainey, OD, MS The Development of Automated Clinical Method to Measure N/A
  Selwyn Super, Dip. Optom.  Stereopsis and its Educational Significance N/A
1998 David Goss, OD, PhD  Effect of Bifocal Lenses on Childhood Myopia Progression $2,000
1997 Teng-Leng Ooi, B. Optom, PhD  Exploring the Mechanism of Suppression and the Methods to Overcome It $1,500