Dawn DeCarlo, OD
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Dr. DeCarlo attended St. Mary's College of Maryland for her undergraduate studies in biology.
She graduated cum laude from their Honor's Program.
After working as a research technician for 2 years in the Cell Biology and Anatomy Department of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, she decided to pursue a degree in optometry.
She entered the dual Doctor of Optometry and Master of Science in Physiological Optics program at UAB in 1988 and graduated with both degrees in 1992.
then completed residency training in Rehabilitative and Hospital Based Optometry at the Hines Central Blind Rehabilitation Center and the Chicago West Side Veterans Administration Medical Center
r. DeCarlo served on the faculty of the UAB
School of Optometry for 8 years, followed by 4 years on the faculty of Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry
During that time she
earned Diplomate status in the Low Vision Section of the American Academy of Optometry, the highest clinical honor available
She returned to UAB in 2005 as a faculty member in the Department of Ophthalmology and serves as Director of the UAB Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation.
r. DeCarlo serves on the Executive Council of the American Optometric Association's
Low Vision Rehabilitation Section, the Diplomate
Executive Committee of the Low Vision Section of the American Academy of Optometry
, the journal review board for Optometry, Journal of the AOA
and is a member of the National Board of Examiners
in Optometry Patient Assessment and Management Exam Committee.
is a past-chair of the Low Vision Research Group.