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Assistant Professor

Areas of Interest
form perception and eye movements in the presence of eye disorders; perceptual learning and brain plasticity

Dr. Kwon joined the department as an assistant professor in the fall of 2014. Her research is concerned with understanding how eye disorders and abnormal visual experience affect the way visual information is processed in the visual pathways and how the brain learns to see the world in degraded viewing conditions. The ultimate goal of her research is to apply this knowledge to identify the factors limiting visual performance (e.g., reading, object recognition and visual search) in people with visual impairments, and to improve the functional vision of these individuals. She is particularly interested in pattern recognition and eye movement behavior in people with visual field loss from diseases such as macular degeneration and glaucoma, and people with abnormal binocular vision from diseases such as strabismus and amblyopia. To address these research questions, she uses a range of methods including psychophysics, brain imaging (fMRI), retinal imaging (OCT), eye tracking, computational modeling and clinical assessment tools.

She obtained her Ph.D. in cognitive and biological psychology (with statistics minor) at the University of Minnesota where she won the University's Best Dissertation Award in the Social and Behavioral Sciences and Education. After graduation, Dr. Kwon joined the computational and functional vision lab at the University of Southern California as a postdoctoral research associate. She then completed another two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School.

She is currently a member of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and the Society for Neuroscience (SfN). She also reviews well-regarded academic journals and grants in the fields of visual and cognitive sciences, and ophthalmology.

Education & Training

Undergraduate Education
University of Minnesota 

Graduate Education
University of Minnesota, Ph.D. 

Postdoctoral Training
University of Southern California; Schepens Eye Research Institute/Harvard Medical School

Contact Information

Location
Callahan Eye Hospital, Suite 407

Office Phone
205-325-8364

Fax
205-325-8692

Email
miyoungkwon@uabmc.edu