Dr. Paul Alan Harris is a 1979 graduate of the State University of New York, State College of Optometry. He was in private practice in Baltimore, MD until joining SCO's faculty in September of 2010. His accreditations include Fellowships in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (1984), the Australasian College of Behavioral Optometry (1993), and the American Academy of Optometry (1999). He has published two series for the Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEPF), an organization that he currently serves as Vice President and a Clinical Curriculum Instructor.
Dr. Harris has published a number of articles, including award-winning ones for the Journal of Optometric Vision Development, the Journal of the American Optometric Association. He served as the chief investigator of a program looking at vision therapy in the Baltimore City Public Schools.
In 1991 Dr. Harris founded the Baltimore Academy for Behavioral Optometry to help expand the quantity and quality of behavioral optometric care available to the public. These courses are now part of the OEPF's educational base and are known as the Clinical Curriculum, which provides hands-on small-group post-graduate clinical education in the field of behavioral vision care.
He brings a passion for understanding the "why" of the visual process. He enjoys directing his energies to student development through involvement in the classroom and clinic along with establishing new clinical research initiatives and then publishing the results.
Dr. Cynthia G. Heard is currently an Associate Professor of Optometry at Southern College of Optometry. Her professional areas of interest are diabetes patient education, nutrition and eye health, ocular disease management, and vision care for individuals with behavioral conditions. She is also a supervisor for the Pediatric and Vision Therapy Residency.