Audrey J. Smith, PhD, CLVT, COMS

Professor Emeritus, College of Education and Rehabilitation

Dr. Audrey SmithEducation:

  • BA, MEd, University of Pittsburgh
  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Role at Salus University: 

  • Professor, Blindness and Low Vision 

Selected Representative Publications: 

  • Geruschat, D.R., Flax, M, Tanna, N, Bianchi, M, Fisher, A, Goldschmidt, M, Fisher, Dagnelie, G, Deremeik, Smith, A., Anaflous, F., Dorn, J.  (2015)  FLORA™: Phase I development of a functional vision assessment for prosthetic vision users.  Clinical  Experimental Optometry. July; 98(4):342-7‚Äč
  • Smith, B. & Smith, A. (2013). The building of transformational leadership for the field of sensory disabilities: The National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities. DVI Quarterly, 58 (3) 35-47 Smith, A., & Geruschat, D. (2010).  Orientation and mobility for adults with low vision.  In A. L. Corn, & J. N. Erin, (Eds.), Foundations of  low vision (2nd. Ed.).  (pp. 833–870).  New York:  AFB Press.
  • Geruschat, D., & Smith, A. (2010).  Low Vision for orientation and mobility.  In W. Weiner, R. Welsh & B. Blasch, (Eds.), Foundations of orientation and mobility Vol. 1: History and theory (pp. 63–83).  New York:  AFB Press.
  • Geruschat, D., & Smith, A. (2010).  Improving the use of low vision for orientation and mobility.  In W. Weiner, R. Welsh & B. Blasch, (Eds.), Foundations of orientation and mobility Vol. 2: Instructional strategies and practical applications  (pp. 54–90).  New York:  AFB Press.
  • DiStefano, A., Huebner, K. M., Garber, M. & Smith, A. J. (2006). Community service, needs and resources in visual impairment: A 21st Century Public Health Perspective. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 100, 793-805.
  • Smith, A., & Geruschat, D., & Huebner, K. (2004).  Policy to practice: Teachers’ and administrators’ views on curricular access by students with low vision. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 98, 612-628.

Selected Scholarly Presentations: 

  • Smith, A. J. (2015, October). United States Models of Vision Rehabilitation. Paper presentation at  the 7th International Low Vision Rehabilitation Forum, sponsored by the Chinese Disabled Persons Federation, Beijing, China (Invited).
  • Smith, A.J. (2015, October). The Importance of Functional Vision Assessment and Instruction: Complementing the clinical eye examination. Paper presentation at the Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, Guangzhou, China (Invited).  

Funded Grants and Education: 

  • 2011-15 Project Director – “A Vision for Diversity” – funded by US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs and Rehabilitation Services
  • 2010-14 Financial Manager – “National Leadership Preparation in Sensory Disabilities” – funded by US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs
  • 2010-12 Past Project Director – “Vision Rehabilitation Training:  Weathering the Perfect Storm” – funded by US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs and Rehabilitation Services 

Professional Certification: 

  • 2000-present - Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals - COMS
  • 2000-present - Certified Low Vision Therapist- Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals - CLVT

Recognition/Teaching Awards: 

  • 2008 - Teacher of the Year Award – College of Education and Rehabilitation– Salus University
  • 2005, 2006 - Teacher of the Year Award – Department of Graduate Studies in Vision Impairment– Pennsylvania College of Optometry
  • 2001 - Teacher of the Year Award – Department of Graduate Studies in Vision Impairment– Pennsylvania College of Optometry
  • 1998 - Outstanding Lifetime of Meritorious Services and Contributions to Individuals with Low Vision. Association of the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired.
  • 1995 - Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Presidential Medal of Honor