Professor of Ophthalmology
Nathan E. Miles Chair of Ophthalmology
Director, Clinical Research Unit
Vice Chair for Clinical Research
Cynthia Owsley was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and was raised in Philadelphia and southeastern Connecticut. She received her B.A. degree from Wheaton College, Massachusetts (1975) majoring in Psychology and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received the Ph.D. from Cornell University (1980) in Psychology, concentrating in the area of perceptual development. Following graduate school, Dr. Owsley did postdoctoral training in vision and aging at Northwestern University (1979-82) and also in epidemiology graduate training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (1998) where she received the M.S.P.H.
Cynthia Owsley is Professor of Ophthalmology in the School of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and holds the Nathan E. Miles Chair of Ophthalmology. She is Director of the Clinical Research Unit in the Department of Ophthalmology, and also serves as Co-Director of the Center for Research on Applied Gerontology at UAB. Dr. Owsley's research program focuses on aging-related eye disease and vision impairment and is funded by a number of organizations including the National Institutes of Health (NIA and NEI), Research to Prevent Blindness, the EyeSight Foundation of Alabama, Prevent Blindness America, and General Motors Corporation. Her research program embodies many approaches including methodologies from psychophysics, epidemiology, clinical trials, and health services research. She has served on panels for the National Research Council including the Committee on Vision and the Committee on Disability Determination for Individuals with Vision Impairment, as well as the Transportation Research Board's Committee on the Safe Mobility of Older Persons (immediate Past Chair).
Wheaton College, Norton, MA
University of Alabama
Psychology, Neuroscience, Ophthalmology