Mary Warren, Ph.D., OTR/L, has been named co-director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation at the Callahan Eye Hospital. She joins co-director Marsha Snow, O.D., associate professor in the School of Optometry and director Dawn DeCarlo, O.D., associate professor in the Department of Ophthalmology.
Warren, an associate professor and director of the graduate certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation, has had a small faculty practice in the clinic since joining the UAB Department of Occupational Therapy in 2001.
“This new role gives me the opportunity formally to advise and shape critical activities from an occupational therapy perspective,” said Warren.
She will be responsible for the quality of the rehabilitation therapy services provided in the clinic and developing research projects to enhance them. She will work with the staff to ensure the clinic is providing high-quality, evidence-based services and educational experiences for the entry-level, post-professional and graduate certificate students in occupational therapy.
Warren said her first goal is to market the clinic and establish collaborative relationships with other eye-care professionals in the community.
The clinic now employs a part-time occupational therapist and is largely dependent on referrals from the Department of Ophthalmology and School of Optometry, Warren said. That limits the observation and training experiences for students and clinical research opportunities, she said.
Warren, who chaired the panel that developed the American Occupational Therapy Association’s specialty certification, is internationally-known for work her in low vision rehabilitation. Her research has been published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, and was a guest editor for its special issue devoted to low-vision rehabilitation.
She will be the keynote speaker at the Envision Conference, a multi-disciplinary, low-vision rehabilitation and research conference Sept. 12-15, 2012 in St. Louis, MO.