Scott Stevenson received his PhD in Experimental Psychology from Brown University in 1987 for studies of visual suppression during eye blinks. He was an NRSA post-doc at UC Berkeley School of Optometry for three years, and then joined the research faculty there. Dr. Stevenson joined the faculty at UH in 1995.
Dr. Stevenson’s research concentrates on the visual control of eye movements, with emphasis on visually driven eye movement reflexes, such as for the control of eye alignment. Dr Stevenson is also active in the development of eye trackers based on high magnification retinal imaging in a broad collaboration involving researchers at a number of other institutions.
Dr. Stevenson teaches in courses on Vision Science, Perception, Optometry, Eye Movements, and Matlab for Vision Science.
Dr. Stevenson serves on the Editorial Board for Vision Research, and is a member of the Vision Sciences Society.
Vergence eye movements and binocular coordination, stereoscopic depth perception, modeling of binocular image matching processes.
Dr. Anita Ticak received her combined O.D./M.S. degrees from Ohio State College of Optometry (OSU) in 2008 and completed a Residency in Cornea and Contact Lens at the University of Houston College of Optometry the following year. Currently, she is a Clinical Assistant Professor devoting her time between didactic clinical teaching in the Cornea Contact Lens Service and research in the BLINK STUDY focusing on myopia control for children and VOI Lab creating custom wavefront-guided scleral for the keratoconic population. Dr. Ticak is devoted to serving the community outside UHCO and works in a private practice on the weekends. She is the Co-Founder of the Dry Eye Center at the University Eye Institute and an active attending. She is certified in Texas as an Optometric therapeutic and Glaucoma Specialist and is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Ticak is an appointed member of the faculty liaison committee to the American Optometric Association. Her primary interests include specialty contact lens fitting and the treatment of anterior segment disease with an emphasis on Ocular Surface and Dry Eye Disease.
Dr. Twa was appointed Dean of the College of Optometry on June 1, 2019. He previously served as a faculty member at the college from 2007 to 2014. From 2014 to 2019, Dr. Twa served as the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry. His undergraduate training in biology was completed at UC San Diego and his clinical doctoral training in optometry was completed at UC Berkeley. He practiced for more than 10 years in the department of ophthalmology at UC San Diego before pursuing a Ph.D. in machine learning, data sciences, and biomedical image analysis at the Ohio State University. Dr. Twa currently serves as a grant reviewer for the NIH/NEI, he is a member of the AOA Council on Research, the AAO Research Committee, and is the current Editor in Chief of Optometry and Vision Science.
I have a longstanding interest in biomedical imaging, image analysis and using machine learning methods to improve clinical decision making. My current research is related to the development of new imaging technology for sensing tissue biomechanics (optical coherence elastography) and I am also working to address adherence behavior in glaucoma.
Deep learning, clinical informatics, ocular imaging, glaucoma, and corneal biomechanics
Dr. Maria K. Walker, OD MS attended The New England College of Optometry in Boston, MA, where she earned her Doctor of Optometry and Master of Vision Science degrees concurrently in 2013. She went on to complete a Residency in Cornea & Contact Lenses at Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR. Dr. Walker was the recipient of several awards throughout her education, including the Vision Care Scholarship for Clinical Excellence, the AOF Award for Excellence in Contact Lenses, and the Sheldon Wechsler Contact Lens Residency Award.
In the fall of 2014, Dr. Walker joined the faculty at UHCO as a Visiting Assistant Professor, working as an attending clinician as well as on various research initiatives within the Contact Lens Department. She also lectures in the third year Contact Lens Course, and is an instructor for the course’s laboratory component.
Dr. Walker’s major research interests include anterior segment physiology, scleral contact lens complications, and contact lens optics - specifically for presbyopia and myopia control modalities. She is currently an investigator in the Bifocal Lenses in Nearsighted Kids (BLINK) study, examining the effects of soft bifocal contact lenses in controlling childhood progression of myopia.
Dr. Wallace-Tucker received her Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Cell Science from the University of Florida in 2006 and her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO) in 2010. She subsequently completed a residency in cornea and contact lens at UHCO. Dr. Wallace Tucker is a Visiting Assistant Professor at UHCO, where her clinical practices include the Cornea and Contact Lens Service and Family Practice Service. As a Therapeutic Doctor of Optometry, she is licensed to diagnose and treat ocular disease and is certified by the Texas Optometry Board to practice as a Glaucoma Specialist. Dr. Wallace-Tucker is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.
Dr. Wallace-Tucker’s clinical and research interests include specialty contact lens fitting and the treatment and diagnosis of anterior segment disease.
Janice Wensveen received her Doctor of Optometry from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry, Canada, and her Ph.D. in Physiological Optics from the University of Houston College of Optometry. Dr. Wensveen is currently Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Houston where she teaches binocular vision in class, lab, and in the clinic. Her research interests center on compromised binocular function resulting from early image degradation and strabismus.
My long-term research goals are to understand the mechanisms and principles that govern visual development, to explain how early abnormal visual experience (e.g., due to form deprivation or strabismus) can result in amblyopia and/or anomalous binocular vision and thereby, to design better interventions to preserve normal monocular and binocular vision (e.g., for infants with unilateral cataract or strabismus). My current project focuses on how the effects of normal and abnormal visual experience are integrated over time during the critical period. Recently, we have found that daily short periods of normal vision can rescue infant monkeys from the severe amblyogenic effects of much longer periods of form deprivation, and can preserve stereopsis in monkeys reared with much longer periods of optical strabismus. In addition I am developing a model of the susceptibility of stereopsis to infantile esotropia to determine whether the duration of strabismus or age at alignment influences stereopsis to a greater degree. Taken together, this work will provide a clearer understanding of the relative influences of normal vs. abnormal binocular visual experience on visual development and help to guide clinicians in managing cases where there is some impediment to normal binocular vision.
Dr. Wensveen's clinical interests include anomalies of vergence and accommodation that compromise efficient binocular vision. She works with patients to help them overcome binocular vision anomalies in the FAMILY PRACTICE VISION THERAPY SERVICE. Her secondary interest is in contact lenses.
Joe Wheat received his bachelor’s degree in biology from The University of Texas at Austin followed by his Doctor of Optometry from The University of Houston College of Optometry. He completed an optometric residency at the Baltimore VAMC, and returned to the University of Houston College of Optometry to complete a PhD. Prior to his return to UHCO in 2017, he worked at the Michael E. DeBakey VAMC, where he was in charge of the optometric residency program. Past honors include the William C. Ezell fellowship award, the Institutional Ruth Kirschstein National Research Post-Doctorate Award, and the NIH Mentored Clinician K award. He is currently a member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society.
Structure-function relationships in glaucoma, imaging techniques of the optic nerve, retina, and choroid