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Nancy Coletta, OD, PhD, FAAO, FARVO

Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the School of Optometry

Department: School of Optometry
Office: LINC 209A

Contact: Nancy.Coletta@mcphs.edu
(P) 774.243.3419
(F)508.519.5370


Schools

School of Optometry

Programs

Optometry (OD)

Education

Ph.D., Physiological Optics, University of California, Berkeley, CA
O.D., Doctor of Optometry, Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Philadelphia, PA
B.S., Visual Science, Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Philadelphia, PA
B.S., Biology, magna cum laude, Providence College, Providence RI


Research Interests

Optical properties of the eye and relation to visual function
Optical coherence tomography and biometry in eyes with varying refractive errors
Neural limits to spatial and temporal vision at low luminance
Peripheral visual function and off-axis astigmatism
Eye movements in acuity and reading tasks


Peer-Reviewed Articles & Book Chapters

Coletta N.J., Marcos S., and Troilo D. (2014) "Wavefront aberrations of the eye during the development of refractive error," in Frontiers in Optics, OSA Technical Digest (Optical Society of America, Washington DC), FW4F.2.

Coletta N. J., Marcos S., Troilo D. (2010) Ocular wavefront aberrations in the common marmoset Callithrix jacchus: effects of age and refractive error. Vision Research; 50, 2515–2529.

Coletta N.J. and Watson T. (2006) Effect of myopia on visual acuity measured with laser interference fringes. Vision Research; 46(5):636-51.

Coletta N.J., Marcos S., Wildsoet C., Troilo D. (2003) Double-pass measurement of retinal image quality in the chicken eye. Optometry and Vision Science 80(1) pp. 50-57.

Coletta N.J. (2002) Visual psychophysics: Temporal factors in vision. Chapter 7 in Fundamentals of Visual Psychophysics; Norton T., Corliss D. and Bailey J., eds. Butterworth-Heinemann, Boston.

Magnante P.C., Coletta N.J. and Moore B.D. (2001) “Aberration-correcting contact lenses to improve human vision.” In Vision Science and Its Applications, OSA Technical Digest (Optical Society of America, Washington DC), pp. 94-97.

Maggisano L.A., Coletta N.J. and Hersey J.C. (2000) Visual performance and optical quality in keratoconus. OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics, Vol. 35: Vision Science and its Applications, Vasudevan Lakshminarayanan, ed. (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C.), pp. 439-446.

Sharma V., Levi D.M. and Coletta N.J. (1999) Sparse-sampling of gratings in the visual cortex of strabismic amblyopes. Vision Research 39: 3526-3536.

Coletta N.J., and Maggisano L.A. (1998) Tolerance to defocus at low spatial frequencies: effect of luminance. In Vision Science and its Applications, OSA Technical Digest Series Vol. 1; (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C.) pp. 144-147.

Coletta N.J., Sharma V. and Carter J. (1996) Orientation discrimination in the periphery: evidence for aliasing by receptoral and neural sampling arrays. In Vision Science and its Applications, OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C.) pp. 176-179.

Galvin S.J., Williams D.R. and Coletta N.J. (1996) The spatial grain of motion perception in human peripheral vision. Vision Research; 36, 2283-2295.

Coletta N.J. and Sharma V. (1995) Effects of luminance and spatial noise on interferometric contrast sensitivity. J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 12, 2244-2251.

Coletta N.J., Sharma V. and Carter J. (1995) Effect of peripheral optical quality on spatial contrast sensitivity. In Vision Science and its Applications, Technical Digest Series, Vol. 1, Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., pp. 130-133.

Coletta N.J. and Sharma V. (1994) Optical contribution to spatial contrast sensitivity at low luminance. In Vision Science and its Applications, Technical Digest Series, Vol. 2, Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., pp. 98-101.

Coletta N.J., Segu P. and Tiana C.L.M. (1993) An oblique effect in parafoveal motion perception. Vision Research; 33, 2747-2756.

Coletta N.J. and Clark H. (1993) Change in foveal acuity with light level: optical factors. In Ophthalmic and Visual Optics/ Noninvasive Assessment of the Visual System, Technical Digest Series, Vol. 3, Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., pp. 76-79.

Tyler C.W., Schor C.M. and Coletta N.J. (1992) Spatiotemporal limitations on vernier and stereoscopic alignment acuity. In Stereoscopic Displays and Applications III, Merritt J.O. and Fisher S.S., eds., Proc. SPIE Vol. 1669, 112-121.

Tiana C.L.M., Williams D.R., Coletta N.J. and Haake, P.W. (1991) A model of aliasing in extrafoveal human vision. In Computational Models of Visual Processing, Landy M. and Movshon A., eds. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, pp. 35-56.

Coletta N.J., Williams D.R. and Tiana C.L.M. (1990) Consequences of spatial sampling for human motion perception. Vision Research; 30, 1631-1648.

Coletta N.J. and Williams D.R. (1987) Psychophysical estimate of extrafoveal cone spacing. Journal of the Optical Society of America A; 4, 1503-1513.

Williams D.R. and Coletta N.J. (1987) Cone spacing and the visual resolution limit. Journal of the Optical Society of America A; 4, 1514-1523.

Coletta N.J. and Adams A.J. (1986) Spatial extent of rod-cone and cone-cone interactions for flicker detection. Vision Research; 26, 917-925.

Coletta N.J. and Adams A.J. (1986) Adaptation of a color-opponent mechanism increases parafoveal sensitivity to luminance flicker. Vision Research; 26, 1241-1248.

Brown B., Adams A.J., Coletta N.J. and Haegerstrom-Portnoy G. (1986) Dark adaptation in age-related maculopathy. Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics; 6, 81-84.

Coletta N.J. and Adams A.J. (1984) Rod-cone interaction in flicker detection. Vision Research; 24, 1333-1340.

Higgins K.E., Jaffe M.J., Coletta N.J., Caruso R., and de Monasterio F.M. (1984) Spatial contrast sensitivity: importance of controlling the patient's visibility criterion. Archives of Ophthalmology; 102, 1035-1041.

Higgins K.E., Caruso R., Coletta N.J., and de Monasterio F.M. (1983) Effect of artificial central scotoma on the spatial contrast sensitivity of normal subjects. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science; 24, 1131-1138.


Honors

2017 | Dupuis-Pellerin Award for Faculty Excellence, New England College of Optometry
2014 | Fellow, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
2011, 2014, 2015 | Faculty Member of the Year Award, OD1 Students, New England College of Optometry
2010 | Fellow, Optical Society of America
2009 – present | Who’s Who in America, Biographical Listing
2006-2007 | Top Reviewer, Elsevier Vision Research
1992-1997 | National Institutes of Health FIRST Award, National Eye Institute
1993 | Fellow, American Academy of Optometry
1988 | Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, Physiological Optics, University of Houston
1985 | Chancellor's Patent Fund Award, University of California, Berkeley
1983-85 | National Eye Institute Training Grant Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley
1982-83 | Ezell Fellow, American Optometric Foundation
1981 | Harold Kohn Award from the American Optometric Foundation


Current Professional Memberships, Service & Leadership

American Academy of Optometry (FAAO)
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (FARVO)
Optical Society of America (Fellow)
Vision Sciences Society

Chair, Academic Standing Committee, MCPHS School of Optometry
Optical Society of America, Fellow Members Selection Committee