Faculty Directory

Shirin E. Hassan

Associate Professor

Shirin E. Hassan

OP 510


  • BAppSc(Optom)–1996 (Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane Australia)
  • Ph.D.–2001 (Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane Australia)
Courses Taught

Dr. Hassan is also involved in teaching the following courses:

  • Course instructor of lectures titled, Understanding Refractive Errors and Anterior Eye Diseases, for the CE online course, Understanding Visual Impairments and Functional Rehabilitation of Visually Impaired Patients, published by Emerald Education Systems. Register or view more details.

Teaching within the Indiana School of Optometry:          

  • Course instructor of V 765: Oxyopia Research Seminar Series (Graduate Vision Science Program)
  • Lecturer for V 501 Integrative Optometry 1 (1st Year O.D. Course)
  • Course instructor of V 751: Low Vision Rehabilitation (3rd Year O.D. Course)

Dr. Shirin E. Hassan joined the Indiana University School of Optometry faculty at the end of November 2007. Originally from Australia, Dr. Hassan completed her optometry training in 1996 at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia, and practiced part-time as a primary care and low vision optometrist where she specializes in the visual rehabilitation of visually impaired people. Dr. Hassan finished her Ph.D. studies in optometry at QUT, Brisbane, Australia, in 2001 after which she undertook a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Lions Vision Research and Rehabilitation Center at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. Following her postdoc, Dr. Hassan served as assistant professor of ophthalmology from 2003–2007 at The Johns Hopkins University, Wilmer Eye Institute, Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Hassan was invited to join the IU School of Optometry faculty in 2007 as a tenured track faculty member where she continues her successful and active funded research program and provides low vision patient care and didactic education to optometry students in the area of low vision.

Dr. Hassan is a fully qualified optometrist registered to practice in Australia and in Indiana. Dr. Hassan currently provides low vision rehabilitation patient care to patients presenting at the Indiana University School of Optometry Low Vision Rehabilitation Service.

  • Wildsoet CF, Wood JM, Hassan S. Development and validation of a visual acuity chart for Australian Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders. Optometry and Vision Science 1998; 75:806-812.
  • Hassan SE, Lovie-Kitchin JE, Woods RL, Soong GP-Y. Orientation and mobility in age-related macular degeneration. Visual Impairment Research 1999; 1:175-180.
  • Hassan SE, Lovie-Kitchin JE, Woods RL. Vision and mobility performance of subjects with age-related macular degeneration. Optometry and Vision Science, 2002;79(11):697-707.
  • Geruschat DR, Hassan SE, Turano KA. Gaze behavior while crossing complex intersections. Optometry and Vision Science, 2003; 80(7):515-528.
  • Geruschat DR, Hassan SE. Driver behavior in yielding to sighted and blind pedestrians at roundabouts. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness. 2005; 99(5):286-302.
  • Hassan SE, Geruschat DR, Turano KA. Head movements while crossing streets: effect of vision impairment. Optometry and Vision Science. 2005; 82(1): 18-26.
  • Geruschat DR, Hassan SE, Turano KA, Quigley HA, Congdon NG. Gaze behavior of the visually impaired during street crossing. Optometry and Vision Science. 2006; 83(8): 550-558.
  • Hassan SE, Hicks JC, Lei H, Turano KA. How much visual information in a single glance is required for efficient navigation? Vision Research. 2007; 47(16): 2115 – 2123.
  • Zhang L, Baldwin K, Munoz B, Munro C, Turano KA, Hassan S, Lyketsos K, Bandeen Roche K, West SK. Visual and cognitive predictors of performance on brake reaction test: Salisbury Eye Evaluation Driving Study. Ophthalmic Epidemiology 2007; 14(4): 216 - 222.
  • Hassan SE, Turano KA, Muñoz B, Munro C, Bandeen Roche K, West SK. Cognitive and vision loss affects the topography of the attentional visual field. Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science. 2008; 49(10): 4672 – 4678.
  • Keay, L, Muñoz B, Turano KA, Hassan SE, Munro CA, Duncan DD, Baldwin K, Jasti S, Gower EW, West SK. Visual and cognitive deficits predict stopping or restricting driving: the Salisbury Eye Evaluation Driving Study (SEEDS). Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science. 2009; 50(1): 107 – 113.