Rebecca Kammer, OD
Assistant Director of Optometric Education, Associate Professor
College of Optometry
Phone: 909 469 8687 | Fax: 909 706 3905
Join year: 2012
PhD, December 2013, Azusa Pacific University
OD, 1999, Southern California College of Optometry
BS, 1994, University of La Verne
Diplomate, Low Vision, 2006, American Academy of Optometry
Fellow, 2002, American Academy of Optometry
Western University College of Optometry, August 2012-present
Assistant Director of Optometric Education
Associate Professor of Optometry
Southern California College of Optometry, July 1999-July 2012
Associate Professor: July 2009-July 2012
- Instructor of Record for Clinical Integration of Basic Science
- Instructor of Record for Low Vision Rehabilitation Course
- Instructor of Record for Geometric Optics for Lecture and Lab
- Chief of Mary Ann Keverline Walls Low Vision Service
- Faculty Council President
- Faculty Council Secretary
Assistant Professor: July 2003 – July 2012, full-time faculty member
- Instructor of Record for Low Vision Rehabilitation Course and Lab
- Instructor of Record for Geometric Optics Lecture and Lab
- Chief of Mary Ann Keverline Walls Low Vision Center
Instructor: July 1999 –2003, part-time faculty member
- Instructor of Record for Geometric Optics Lecture and Lab
- Instructor of Record for Physical Optics Lecture and Lab
- Guest Lecturer for Primary Care Case Analysis
- Low Vision Clinic instructor of 4th year students
- Laboratory Instructor for Low Vision Rehabilitation I & II
Cynthia Broady Optometry. Tustin, CA., 2000 - 2003
Family Practice with emphasis in Low Vision, 1999 - 2003
Anaheim Hills Optometric Center. Anaheim Hills, CA., 1999 - 2000
Physical Optics. Torrance, CA, 1995-1996
2009, Foundation Fighting Blindness Visionary Award
2008, Excellence in Optometric Education Award, California Optometric Association
2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, Teacher of the Quarter Award for Optics I, Southern California College of Optometry
2004-05, Walt Chase Faculty Teaching Award, Southern California College of Optometry
2011, Board Member of California Vision Foundation
2010-present, Member Low Vision Section of California Optometric Association
2007-present, ARVO general member & planning committee member for low vision award and social events
2006, California Optometric Association
2006, American Optometric Association
2005, Diplomate in Low Vision for American Academy of Optometry
2002, Fellow of American Academy of Optometry
Peer Reviewed Journals
- Kammer R, Jamara R, Kollbaum E, Matchinski T, Flom R. The Development of Entry Level Low Vision Rehabilitation Competencies in Optometric Education. Optometric Education. June 2010.
- Kammer R., Sell C, Jamara R, Kollbaum E. Survey of Optometric Low Vision Rehabilitation Training Methods for the Moderately Visually Impaired; Optometry. April 2009.
Posters/Research Presentations/Publications in Non-Peer Reviewed Journals
- Kammer, R. Engaged Learning in Optometric Education. Research presentation at AAO, Educators Symposium, November 2011, Boston, MA
- Schreiner, L., Kammer, R., Primrose, B. Predictors of Thriving in Students of Color: Differential Pathways to College Success. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Charlotte, NC. November 2011
- Kammer, R., Tanna, N. Comprehensive Low Vision Rehabilitation. Feature Article. California Optometry Magazine, May/June 2011.
- Schreiner, L., Vetter, D., Kammer, R., Primrose, B., & Quick, D. Pathways to thriving for students of color. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, March 2011 Philadelphia, PA.
- Kammer, R., Lipschultz, L. Primary Care in Low Vision: Getting Started. California Optometry Magazine, May/June 2010.
- SamattasribootrJ, Kammer R, Tran J. The Effect Of A Near Correction For Presbyopic Low Vision Patients Using The CCTV. Presented at AAO, December 2010, San Francisco, CA
- Kammer R., Poulter C, Clark J. The Effect of Altered Stimulus Luminance on the Size of Scotomas Mapped with the Fletcher Central Visual Field Test. ARVO, Florida, May 2009; poster (suppl).
- PI for Low Vision Clinical Research Collaboratory: R Kammer, R Jamara, C Sell, E Kollbaum. Advisor. Dr. Robert Massof. Submitted 2008.
- Collaborators on fasttrack SBIR grant to NEI. PI. Robert Massof. Unfunded
- PI for R21 Planning Grant submission: Low Vision Education Planning Grant (LVEP). Submitted Oct 2008 (unfunded)
- Kammer R., Sell C. Survey of Training Methods for Moderate Visual Impairment. ARVO 2007; poster (suppl)
- Executive member low vision research network (CLOVR): PI Karla Zadnik, Exec committee: Mark Bullimore, Steve Kymes, Lisa Jones. Summer 2004
- Submitted Network Grant to NEI 2005 (Budget: 8 million). Unfunded
- Kammer R, Jones L. Study of Low Vision Recruitment Potential. Optom Vis Sci 2007; 84 (suppl)
- Heyman C, Kammer R, Rouse M, Borstein E. Accommodative Response in Congenital Macular Disorders. Optom Vis Sci. 2006; 83 (suppl)
- Kammer R, Hoang C. Permanent EP Lens Fitting for Homonymous Hemianopsia. Optom Vis Sci. 2005; 82 (suppl)
- Principle Investigator at SCCO for Multi-center clinical trial. Hemianopia prism treatment. Schepens Eye Institute. December 2004 – March 2005.
- Kammer R, Kendall H. A novel screening method. Optom Vis Sci 2004; 81 (suppl)
- Myung E, Ng L, Kammer R. BACIC year two. Optom Vis Sci. 2004; 81 (suppl)
- Faculty Advisor for student research: Eleven projects from 2003-2011.
- Occupational Therapy and a Comprehensive Approach to Low Vision. 2 hours. November, 2012, Monterey Symposium, COA
- Basic Optics of Low Vision Devices. 1 hour. November, 2012, Monterey Symposium, COA
- Technology and Low Vision. 1 hour. November, 2012, Monterey Symposium, COA
- Driving, DMV, and Low Vision. 1 hour. November, 2012, Monterey Symposium, COA
- Moving from Novice to Expert in Clinical Reasoning. October, 2012. ASCO Annual Clinic Directors Sig Meeting. Pomona, CA
- The Low Vision Spectrum: From Simple to Complex and From Africa to Orange County. 1 hour. January, 2012. Jules Stein UCLA Lecture Series.
- Low Vision Treatment and Technology Updates. 1 hour. November, 2011. Southern California College of Optometry.
- Low Vision Simplified. 2 hours. October, 2011. San Fernando Valley Chapter COA.
- Low Vision in Tanzania: Simple and Sustainable. 2 hours. National Tanzanian Optometric Association Annual Conference, September 2011. Tanzania, Africa
- Low Vision Rehabilitation: A Comprehensive Model. 2 hours. National Tanzanian Optometric Association Annual Conference, September 2011. Tanzania, Africa
- Getting Started: Tips to Pave The Way in Low Vision. February, 2011. Southern California College of Optometry.
- Low Vision in Private Practice, When to Manage And When to Refer. 2 hours. May 2009. Southern California College of Optometry
- Let’s Get Practical! From theory to practice with low vision case management. 2 hours. Vision Expo East and West, Sponsored by Vision Council, New York, March 2009 and Las Vegas, September 2009, March 2010, September 2010, March 2011
- Reimbursement: Third Party Players in Low Vision. 1 hour. Vision Expo East and West, Sponsored by Vision Council, New York, March 2009 and Las Vegas, September 2009, March 2010, September 2010, March 2011
- Case Management of AMD in low vision. 2 hours. April 2010, Optowest
- Driving, DMV, and Low Vision. 1 hour. April 2010, Optowest
- Overcoming the Barriers of Finance for Practicing Low Vision. 1 hour. April 2010, Optowest
- Optics and Prescribing of Near Low Vision Devices. 2 hours. Envision Conference. TX, September 2009
- Low Vision Doesn’t Pay, or Does It? Consider a Two Stage Approach. R Kammer and L. Lipschultz. 2 hours. AAO, Florida, November 2009
- Various Topics in Low Vision. 3 hours. Kaiser Permanente Inservice. November 2008
- Driving, DMV and LowVision. CAOMS. November 2008
- Training With and Without an OT. 2 hours. April 2008, Optowest
- Field Enhancement From an Optimistic Clinician. 2 hours. April 2008, Optowest.
- Bioptic Driving and DMV in California. 1 hour. CETVH. 2008
- Maximizing Vision after Loss. Orange County Symposium sponsored by Foundation Fighting Blindness. October 2007
- Field Enhancement From an Optimistic Clinician. 2 hours. September 2007. Envision Conference.
- Driving and Bioptic Telescopes. 1 hour. September 2007. Envision Conference.
- To Train or Not To Train, Incorporating OT In Your Practice. 1 hour. AAO 2006
- Overview of Low Vision. Palm Springs Optometric Society. Faculty on the Road Program. 2006
- Panel Member. 6 hours lecture, Magnify Your Future, Vision Expo, VCA Las Vegas, 2006
- 6 hour lecture/workshop CTEVH (Teachers of the visually impaired conference): “Updates in Field Enhancement Strategies”, “Low Vision Evaluation of the Nystagmus Patient”. 2 hours. March, 2006
- Strategies for Field Enhancement. SCCO CE program. March 2006
- Roadmap for Incorporating Low Vision Into Your Primary Care Practice. R Kammer, L. Lipschultz. 2 hours. AAO 2005
- Roadmap for Incorporating Low Vision Into Your Primary Care Practice & Field Enhancement. 4 hours. Vancouver/Pacific U CE program. 2005
- Basic Low Vision and ARMD. Tulare/King County. 1 hour. Faculty on the Road. 2004
- Wavefront and Aberrations, Current Terms and Technology. 1 hour. SCCO CE program. October 2003
- Invited Lecturer (Basic Optics), Osler Institute review course for Ophthalmology Board exams. November 2001. 4 hours.
Dr. Rebecca Kammer joined Western University College of Optometry in August, 2012 as the Assistant Director of Optometric Education and Associate Professor. She has served as the Chief of Low Vision at the Southern California College of Optometry since 2005, and instructor of the Geometric Optics and Low Vision Rehabilitation courses at SCCO. Dr. Kammer is a Diplomate of the Low Vision Section of the American Academy of Optometry and has lectured at optometric and low vision conferences in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Kammer is the co-founder of the Shared Visions Annual art exhibit at the Eye Care Center in Fullerton featuring works of art from legally blind artists. Her recent humanitarian efforts include offering remote low vision clinics to children with albinism in East Africa. Dr. Kammer is in the dissertation phase of a PhD in higher education from Azusa Pacific University and her research is focused on pedagogy and critical thinking in health professions students.