University of Alabama at Birmingham
Beth Barstow, Ph.D., OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA, is an associate professor and director of the Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation program. The program received the 2017 Envision Oculus award for excellence in internationally impacting people who have low vision through education. Barstow teaches several courses in the certificate program; her course OT 679-Foundations in Low Vision Rehabilitation II received the 2017 UAB Provost’s Transformative Online Course Award for exemplifying best practice and innovation in online education. In 2018, she was awarded the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from the UAB School of Health Professions.Dr. Barstow’s research efforts focus on understanding the occupational limitations and needs of persons with vision impairment especially as it relates to health and wellness. She is also interested in gauging the educational preparation of occupational therapy practitioners in low vision rehabilitation and developing evidence for occupational therapy low vision assessments. Dr. Barstow is the PI on a NIDILRR funded grant: Barriers, Facilitators and Priorities for Adopting Universal Design Principles for Equipment Manufacturers and Public and Private and Recreation Facilities: A Mixed Methods Study and a co-investigator on: A Coordinated Multiple Sclerosis Exercise Toolkit funded by the Multiple Sclerosis Society.