Mary Warren, PhD, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA

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Associate Professor and Director, Graduate Certificate Low Vision Rehab

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Phone: 205 934-1800

Fax: 205 975-7787


Dr. Warren is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation program. She is also the co-director of the UAB Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation.
Prior to joining the faculty in 2001 to develop and implement the certificate program, Dr. Warren was the occupational therapy director for one of the first medical rehabilitation programs to receive Medicare coverage for low vision rehabilitation services. She is the editor of the Self-Paced Clinical course Low Vision: Occupational Therapy Intervention with the Older Adult, published by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and co-editor with Beth Barstow of the textbook: Occupational Therapy Interventions for Adults with Low Vision published by AOTA Press. She chaired the panel that developed AOTA specialty certification in low vision rehabilitation and has represented AOTA on numerous ad hoc committees addressing issues in low vision rehabilitation. Dr. Warren was named a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association in 2006 for her work in vision rehabilitation and received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Envision Foundation in 2012 and the Presidents Award for Excellence in Teaching from the UAB School of Health Professions in 2010.  

In addition to teaching in the graduate certificate program, Dr. Warren lectures extensively on vision rehabilitation for persons with age-related eye disease and vision impairment from adult acquired brain injury and is an internationally recognized authority in this area. She has contributed chapters to several rehabilitation textbooks including Occupational Therapy: Practice Skills for Physical Dysfunction. She is the author of the Brain Injury Visual Perceptual Battery for Adults (biVABA), a widely used occupational therapy vision assessment. Her research interests include health literacy in older adults, and reading and occupational limitations in persons with hemianopsia from acquired brain injury.

Dr. Warren teaches the first and last courses in the certificate sequence, OT 677 and 691 and also teaches the brain injury courses OT 689 and OT 695.