New England Eye and New England College of Optometry are thrilled to congratulate Nicole Ross, OD, MSc, FAAO, on receiving the 2016 ASCO Rising Star Award. ASCO is the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry. Each year, the ASCO Rising Star Award is presented nationally to one faculty member or administrator with fewer than ten years of service who has made significant contributions to the field through Teaching, Scholarship, Administration, and Personal Service. Dr. Ross has excelled in all areas.
Dr. Nicole Ross serves as Assistant Professor at the College and clinical faculty at New England Eye. She is an instructor in the Low Vision Rehabilitation Throughout the Lifespan course at the College and serves as a mentor in the graduate studies program. At New England Eye, she specializes in Low Vision Rehabilitation services and mentors optometric students through their clinical training.
Dr. Ross uses a multidisciplinary approach of comprehensive vision care delivery to high risk populations, providing patient care at the New England Eye at Perkins School for the Blind, New England Eye Commonwealth, and on the New England Eye On Sight mobile eye van.
Dr. Ross joined the College faculty in 2014. She graduated from the NECO OD/MSc dual degree program in 2011, at which time she achieved honors with distinctions in both degrees. During this time, she was President of Volunteers of Optometry Serving Humanity (VOSH) and President of the NECO student AAO chapter. Dr. Ross then completed her Vision Rehabilitation Residency at The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, and her Low Vision Rehabilitation Clinical Fellowship at John Hopkins Hospital.
In the area of service, Dr. Ross has made significant contributions both locally and nationally. She is NECO’s secondary representative to ASCO’s Low Vision SIG and is currently writing two chapters for the ASCO Low Vision Educators iBook. Dr. Ross is also the Programming Chair for the American Academy of Optometry Low Vision Section and a Candidate for her Low Vision Diplomate. Recently, Dr. Ross has delivered numerous Continuing Education Lectures both locally and internationally. She just returned from presenting a Low Vision Rehabilitation course at the 35th Low Vision Awareness Program Plus (LAP+) at the LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), Hyderabad, India.
Dr. Ross is very active in research, serving as Principal and Co-Principal Investigator on her current studies. Presently, she is investigating image-processing algorithms and the use of head-mounted displays for low vision, methods to increase referrals and availability of low vision services, a retrospective review of ocular findings associate with CHARGE syndrome, and the outcomes and impact of mobile low vision clinic service. Throughout her research, Dr. Ross has mentored numerous students throughout the research process.
Dr. Ross will be presented with her award, along with $1000 designated for NECO’s faculty and development, at the ASCO Annual Leadership Luncheon on June 29th, 2016.