Dr Julie-Anne Little PhD, BSc(Hons), MCOptom, FHEA
Senior Lecturer in Optometry
Julie-Anne is a GOC registered optometrist, with a PhD in Vision Science under the supervision of Professor Kathryn Saunders at Ulster. She is currently a Lecturer and Course director of the MSc in Clinical Visual Science.
Dr Little’s research interests include the developing visual system and the impact of intellectual disability on vision. She is also interested in how the structure of the eye impacts on functional vision. She is part of the Paediatric Vision Research team testing the vision of children with and without special educational needs and complex visual problems. She is part of a multidisciplinary clinic providing vision care for those with complex neurological impairment and promotes the functional assessment of vision with emphasis on communication of results to parents and health and education professionals involved with the child. She has developed a web-based resource for improving communication and understanding of functional visual assessment for children with complex neurological impairment. The information is relevant to parents and professionals working with children with special educational needs and the resource is available under the Vision Resources section of the website, and by clicking this link
She has supervised PhD and MSc students, and been awarded significant grant funding from a variety of sources. She has been supported with a research fellowship by the College of Optometrists. Dr Little is currently President of the European Council of Optometry and Optics. She is a member of the College of Optometrists and represents Northern Ireland as a Councillor for the Association of Optometrists. She serves on a regional multi-agency HSC board committee relating to the improvement of optometric services and developing eyecare partnerships.
Julie-Anne has collaborative links with researchers and clinicians. These include Prof. Rowan Candy (Indiana University, Bloomington, USA), Dr Ed Mallen (Optometry and Vision Science, Bradford University), Prof Gordon Dutton (Glasgow Hospital for Sick Children) Dr Claire Lundy (Paediatric Neurologist, Belfast Trust), Prof. Jonathan Jackson (College of Optometry, Melbourne, Australia), Ms Jennifer Lindsay (Principal Optometrist, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast), Dr. Maggie Woodhouse (Optometry and Vision Science, Cardiff University), Dr Karen Glivray (Ophthalmologist, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast), and Dr Ursula Donnelly (Ophthalmologist, Southern Trust, Newry).
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