Elizabeth (Beth) Barstow, PhD, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA

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Associate Professor

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Phone: 205 934-7321

Fax: 205 975-7787


Dr. Barstow is an Associate Professor and along with Dr. Warren is a primary instructor in the certificate program. Prior to joining the faculty in 2004 to teach in the certificate program, Dr. Barstow was a clinician and provided low vision rehabilitation in Minnesota, Alabama, Florida and Arizona. She also has experience with driving and community mobility. Dr. Barstow is the co-editor with Dr. Warren of Occupational Therapy Interventions for Adults with Low Vision published by AOTA Press. She also contributed to several chapters to the textbook and authored a chapter for the Self-Paced Clinical course: Low Vision: Occupational Therapy Intervention with the Older Adult, published by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Dr. Barstow achieved AOTA Specialty Certification in Low Vision Rehabilitation (SCLV) in 2007 and then served on the AOTA Board and Specialty Certification Committee from 2010-2013, representing the needs of low vision rehabilitation practitioners. She was also a member of the AOTA panel to redesign and simplify the specialty certification application and continues to serve as a low vision portfolio reviewer. Dr. Barstow received service commendations from AOTA in 2011 and 2012 for her work on specialty certification and was named a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association in 2014 for her work on fostering professional competence in vision rehabilitation.

Dr. Barstow’s research efforts focus on understanding the occupational limitations and needs of older adults with age-related eye disease especially as it relates to health and wellness; gauging the educational preparation of occupational therapy practitioners in low vision rehabilitation, and developing evidence for occupational therapy low vision assessments.