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Nancy Coletta, OD, PhD, FAAO

Nancy Coletta, OD, PhD, FAAO

Professor of Optics, Director of Graduate Studies

Dr. Coletta is a professor of optics, chair of the Vision Science Department and the director of graduate studies at the College. Dr. Coletta has been a faculty member at the College since 1996, and currently teaches optics to first and second year students. She is also a faculty member for the College’s graduate programs.

Dr. Coletta’s primary area of interest is optics, with an emphasis on optics of the eye and night vision. She has expertise in psychophysics, ocular biometry, and the optical quality of the eye. The overall focus of her research is on the optical and retinal factors involved in vision at low light levels, with an emphasis on subjects with myopia. For this particular line of research, she was the principal investigator on the study Optical and Neural Factors in Night Vision, funded by the National Eye Institute. Dr. Coletta co-authored a National Eye Institute mini core grant which provided financial support to the College’s programs in myopia and contact lens research; she served as director of the core grant’s imaging module and as its principal investigator. Dr. Coletta is currently collaborating with Dr. Ann Elsner at the Indiana University School of Optometry on a project concerning the relationship of peripheral visual acuity to cone density in young adult subjects. The study involves imaging of the cone photoreceptor mosaic with adaptive-optics technology.

Dr. Coletta is a member and fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and was awarded the status of fellow of the Optical Society of America in 2010. She was also an Ezell Fellow of the American Optometric Foundation. Dr. Coletta served on ARVO’s annual meeting program committee, VI section, from 2005 to 2009, as well as on the program committees for OSA’s annual and fall vision meetings. Dr. Coletta has worked as a grant reviewer for the National Eye Institute for the past nine years. She is currently a manuscript referee for the journals Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, Optometry and Vision Science, and Vision Research, among others. Dr. Coletta earned her doctor of optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. She holds a PhD in physiological optics from the University of California, Berkeley.

View Dr. Coletta’s research profile.