Dr. Cristina Llerena Law is an Associate Professor at the NSU College of Optometry. With the help of a National Institute of Health (NIH) K23 grant, she devotes most of her time to her primary area of research, neuro-plasticity in adult amblyopia. Dr. Law is the PI of several investigator-initiated studies involving the efficacy of binocular and contrast-balanced training techniques for adults with amblyopia and strabismus. She also acts as a co-primary investigator for NIH multicenter clinical trials in adult strabismus, exotropia in children, and visual consequences of traumatic brain injury and concussion.
Dr. Law has numerous collaborations with basic and clinical scientists with expertise in the field, and has published and lectured extensively on her research as well as her clinical experience in Pediatrics and Neuro-Ophthalmic disease. She is the recipient of several awards recognizing her work in the field, including the 2014 Mike Daley Ezell Fellowship, the 2015 John N. Schoen Ezell Fellowship (awarded by the American Optometric Foundation and the American Academy of Optometry) and the 2014 Minnie Flaura Turner Memorial Award for Impaired Vision Research. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a diplomate of the American Board of Optometry.
Dr. Law is an NSU College of Optometry graduate. After obtaining her O.D. degree in 2006, she completed a residency in Pediatric Optometry at SUNY State College of Optometry. She served as didactic and clinical faculty at SUNY from 2007-2015. She completed a Ph.D. in Vision Science from the Graduate Center for Vision Research at State University of New York in June of 2017.
Dr. Law maintains her teaching and clinical responsibilities in addition to her research development. Her current responsibilities at NSU include acting as instructor of record for Ophthalmic Optics I and II and clinical supervision of interns and resident optometric physicians at the NSU Optometry clinics. She is the instructor of record of a graduate scientific writing course for the NSU Graduate Program in Clinical Vision Research.