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Chris Chase, PhD, FAAO


Professor

College of Optometry

E-Mail: cchase@westernu.edu

Phone: 909-706-3882 | Fax: 909-706-3905
Website: www.westernu.edu
Join year: 2009

Education

PhD, 1988, University of California, San Diego

Certification

Fellow, 2009, American Academy of Optometry

Professional Experience

Professor of Optometry, Colleges of Optometry and Biomedical Sciences, Western University, Pomona, CA., 2009-present

Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA., 2004-2009

Adjunct Professor, School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA., 1997-2009

Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA., 1997-2004

Associate Professor of Cognitive Science, School of Communications and Cognitive Science, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA., 1994-1997

Associate Dean of Faculty Research, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA., 1995-1997

Adjunct Associate Professor, Psychology Department, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA., 1995-1997

Associate Professor, Neuroscience and Behavior Graduate Program, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA., 1989-1997

Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science, School of Communications and Cognitive Science, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA., 1989-1994

Teaching Experience

Neuroscience

Foundations of Neuroscience

Neuropsychology 

Developmental Neuropsychology 

Language and Brain 

Brain and Behavior 

Physiological Psychology 

Neuropsychological Research:  Evoked Potentials 

Neural Basis of Vision 

Vision Development

 

Psychology & Health Care

General Psychology

History of Psychology 

Introduction to Cognitive Science 

Statistics 

Research Methods and Practicum 

Developmental Language and Learning Disorders 

Child Assessment 

Psychology of Reading 

Connectionist Modeling 

Consciousness 

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 

Optometrist & Society 

Courses

Neural Basis of Vision, College of Optometry 

Development of Vision, College of Optometry 

Neuroscience – faculty liaison, College of Optometry 

Interprofessional Education, College of Optometry 

Biostatistics, Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences

Philosophy

My goals include helping students to develop critical thinking skills, to learn to speak articulately and write clearly, and to acquire some skills in reading and evaluating scientific literature.  My students learn to appreciate that science is a self-correcting discipline that operates with hypothetical constructs.  I encourage them to examine carefully the evidence upon which a “fact” is based and to decide for themselves whether the evidence is compelling and if the method by which it was obtained is sound.  I want students to become intelligent consumers of scientific information and to be comfortable reading the scientific literature throughout their professional careers. 

Research Interest

I have been studying reading and vision for over twenty-five years. Currently, I study accommodation dysfunction and its impact on reading and eyestrain. This translational research will lead to better methods for diagnosing and treating accommodative disorders.

Research Grant

Studying the role of accommodative-vergence function in reading development through visual screening, September 2012 - June 2013, sponsored by COVD

Using accommodative lag to diagnose accommodation disorders, October 2010 - September 2013, sponsored by NEI/NIH

Measuring Accommodative Function with Autorefraction, September 2010 - June 2011, sponsored by COVD

Awards

  • Best Paper in Optometry & Vision Development for 2009
  • International Institute of Colorimetry Board of Directors, 2010
  • Bausch + Lomb Eye Strain Advisory Council, 2010 - present
  • Irlen International Professional Advisory Board, 2008 - present
  • Fred Award for Outstanding Teaching, Hampshire College, Spring 1992
  • Distinguished Young Researcher Award in Cognitive Science, National Dyslexia Association, 1990

Organizations

Society for the Scientific Study of Reading

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

American Academy of Optometry

Committees

University Committees

Faculty Senate, 2011-2013.

 

College of Optometry

Faculty Chair, 2011-2013.

Chair, Executive Committee, 2011-2013.

Chair, Research Committee College of Optometry, 2009-present.

Publication

Publications

Drew, SA, Borsting, E, Stark, LR, Chase, C. (2012) Chromatic aberration, accommodation, and color preferences in asthenopia, Optometry and Vision Science, 89, E1059-E1067.

Maino, DM & Chase C. (2011) Asthenopia: A technology induced visual impairment. Review of Optometry, June Supplement, 28-35. 

Borsting, E, Tosha, C, Chase, C, Stark, L, & Ridder, WH III. (2010) Measuring near induced transient myopia in college students with visual discomfort, Optometry and Vision Science, 87, 760-766. 

Chase, C, Borsting, E, Tosha, C, & Ridder, WH 3rd. (2009)Predicting Accommodative Insufficiency and Academic Problems using the Conlon Visual Discomfort Survey, Optometry and Vision Development, 40, 239-247. 

Tosha, C, Borsting, E, Ridder, WH 3rd, Holt, M, Smith, D, & Chase, C. (2009). Accommodative lag and visual discomfort, Ophthal.Physl. Opt., 29, 625-633. 

Chase, C, Tosha, C, Borsting, E, & Ridder, WH 3rd (2009). Visual discomfort and objective measures of static accommodation, Optometry and Vision Science, 86, 883-89.

 

Abstracts

Liu, C, Chase, C, Drew, S, Escobar, A, Borsting, E. (2012). Visual discomfort in graduate school students compared to college students. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci, 53, E-abstract 5437. 

Liu, C. Borsting, E, Chase, C. Visual discomfort symptomology and its correlation with clinical measures of accommodative-vergence function. Optom. Vis. Sci., 89, E-abstract 120299.

Chase, C, Borsting, E, Mitchell, GL, Scheiman, M, Higson, L, Tadros, A, CITT-RS Study Group. (2011). Oral reading improves with treatment of symptomatic convergence insufficiency in school-aged children. Optom. Vis. Sci., 88, E-abstract 110740. 

Borsting, E, Mitchell, GL, Scheiman, M, Chase, C, Kulp, M, Cotter, S, CITT-RS Study Group. (2011). Improvement in academic behaviors and attention following successful treatment of convergence insufficiency. Optom. Vis. Sci., 88, E-abstract 110567. 

Mitchell, GL, Scheiman, M, Chase, C, Borsting, E, Kulp, M, Cotter, S, CITT-RS Study Group. (2011). Change in reading performance in school-aged children with symptomatic convergence insufficiency. Optom. Vis. Sci., 88, E-abstract 110562. 

Mitchell, GL, Borsting, E, Chase, C, Scheiman, MM, CITT-RS Study Group. (2010). The correlation between intelligence and readingability in children with symptomatic convergence insufficiency. Optom. Vis. Sci., 87, E-abstract 105082. 

Borsting, E, Mitchell, GL, Scheiman, MM, Chase, C, CITT-RS Study Group. (2010). ADHD and problem behaviors in children with symptomatic convergence insufficiency. Optom. Vis. Sci., 87, E-abstract 100132. 

Chase C, Allen P, Borsting C, Tosha C, Ridder WH III. (2010). Color reduces accommodative lag for college students with visual stress and discomfort. Optom. Vis. Sci., 87, E-abstract 100933. 

Chase C, Borsting E, Tosha C, Ridder WH III. Predicting accommodative insufficiency and academic problems using the Conlon Visual Discomfort Survey. (2009). Optom. Vis. Sci., 86, E-abstract 95561. 

Borsting, E, Tosha, C, Chase, C, Stark, LR, Ridder, WH III. (2009). Measuring near-induced transient myopia in college students with visual discomfort. Optom. Vis. Sci, 85, E-abstract 85005.

 

Conference Presentations

Borsting E, Mitchell L, Arnold G, Scheiman M, Chase C, Kulp M, and CITT-RS Study Group (2012, October). Behavioral and emotional problems associated with convergence insufficiency in children. Talk presented at the meeting of the College of Optometrists in Visual Development, Fort Worth, TX. 

Drew SA, Escobar AE, Chase C. (2012, May). Accommodative lag is not predictive of diminished reading speeds in natural settings. Poster presented at the meeting of Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL. 

Escobar AE, Drew SA, Chase C, Liu C, Borsting E, Stark L (2012, May.) Weakaccommodation in asymptomatic young adults. Poster presented at the meeting of Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL. 

Chase, C, Borsting, E, Mitchell, L, Scheiman, M, Higson, L, Tadros, A, CITT-RS Study Group  (2011, October). Reading, symptoms and school-related behavior in children with symptomatic convergence insufficiency. Poster presented at the meeting of the College of Optometrists in Visual Development, Las Vegas, NV.

Borsting E, Mitchell GL, Scheiman M, Kulp MT, Chase C, Cotter S, CITT-RS Study Group (2011, May). Treatment of symptomatic convergence insufficiency improves attention in school-aged children. Poster presented at the meeting of Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Fort Lauderdale, FL. 

Scheiman M, Chase C, Mitchell GL, Borsting E, Kulp MT, Cotter SA, CITT-RS Study Group (2011, May). The effect of successful treatment of symptomatic convergence insufficiency on reading performance in school-aged children. Poster presented at the meeting of Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Fort Lauderdale, FL. 

Chase, C, Tosha, C, Borsting, E, Ridder WH III. (2010, April). Predicting reading speed in above average readers with clinical measures of accommodation. Paper presented at the meeting of the 6th International Congress of Behavioral Optometry, Ontario, CA. 

Chase, C, Ridder, WH III, Borsting, E. (2010, March). Seeing Red: Color, Reading, and L-cone activation. Paper presented at the meeting of the International Institute of Colorimetry, London, GB.

 

Talks

Featured Speaker, Pacific University College of Optometry, Joint Conference on Theoretical and Clinical Optometry, 2012, Forest Grove, OR. 

Featured Speaker, Pacific University College of Optometry, Joint Conference on Theoretical and Clinical Optometry, 2011, Forest Grove, OR. 

Speaker, Bausch + Lomb, meeting of the Eye Strain Advisory Council, 2010, Dallas, TX. “Eye strain and accommodation.” 

Speaker, UC Riverside, Cognitive Psychology Colloquium, 2009, Riverside, CA. “Reading is more than phonology: What optometry has to offer.”