Rachel Anastasia "Stacey" Coulter, OD, received her A.B. from Duke University in 1983 and her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1991. Following graduation, she completed a residency in Pediatric Optometry and Vision Therapy at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. During this period, she also practiced as an associate in the private practice of Mitchell Scheiman, OD, Pediatric and Vision Therapy Consulting Services.
In 1992, she accepted an appointment at Southeastern University of the Health Sciences (now Nova Southeastern University). From 1995 to 1999, she served as the Chief of the Pediatric Optometry service. Currently, she serves as Chair of the Optometric Sciences department.
Dr. Coulter has authored numerous refereed journal articles in such publications as Strabismus, Optometry and Vision Science, Optometry, and Optometry & Vision Development. She has also authored a textbook chapter in the 5th edition of Bartlett and Janus’s text Clinical Ocular Pharmacology. She serves on the Editorial Review Board for Optometry & Vision Development and has served as a guest reviewer for the journals Optometry and Vision Science, British Journal of Ophthalmology, Optometry, and Ophthalmic and Physiologic Optics. Dr. Coulter has made many presentations including scientific papers and continuing education lectures covering the topics of binocular vision and pediatric optometry
Dr. Coulter served as principal investigator for NSU’s Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial (CITT), a multi-year clinical trial funded by the National Eye Institute that resulted in multiple publications in such journals as Archives of Ophthalmology, Optometry and Vision Science, and Ophthalmic Epidemiology. She has twice received the NSU President's Faculty Scholarship Award for studies of preschool vision screening. She also received the HPD Research Grant for the Base-In Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial and the Ocular Motility and Attention Study
Dr. Coulter is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. She is a Diplomate in Binocular Vision, Perception and Pediatric Optometry. She has held offices in several professional organizations including Chair of the Binocular Vision, Perception and Pediatric Optometry Section of the American Academy, Vice- Chair of the Membership Committee, and Chair of the Children's Vision Committee for the Florida Optometric Association. She has also served twice on the Nominating Committee of the American Academy of Optometry. In 2009, she was elected as a Distinguished Practitioner to the National Academies of Practice She currently is an Associate Professor the Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry. Current responsibilities include didactic instruction in Pediatric Optometry and Learning-Related Vision Problems, clinical preceptorship, residency supervision and patient care in the Pediatric and Binocular Vision service.