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Dr. Tawna Roberts is an Assistant Professor at Byers Eye Institute in the Department of Ophthalmology at Stanford University. As a clinician-scientist, Dr. Roberts provides direct patient vision care to infants and children in the Bay Area at Stanford Children’s in the Department of Pediatric Ophthalmology while teaching optometry students and ophthalmology residents and fellows. She participates in both laboratory-based clinical research and randomized clinical trials. Her primary research interests are in vision development, strabismus, amblyopia, and concussion-related vision disorders. Dr. Roberts leads the Vision Development and Oculomotor Lab where she directs a research program funded by the National Eye Institute studying refractive error development and binocular vision disorders in infants, children, and adults and is the recipient of the 2021 Research to Prevent Blindness Disney Award for Amblyopia Research. Dr. Roberts is also a member of the Stanford Brain Performance Center where she sees patients in the pediatric concussion clinic and leads a research program studying concussion-related vision disorders in adolescents and adults that is funded by both the National Eye Institute and the Department of Defense. In addition, Dr. Roberts is co-Vice Chair of the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group, an NEI-funded clinical research network of 400+ pediatric ophthalmologists and optometrists who conduct clinical studies on pediatric eye disease. Dr. Roberts is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry where she serves on the Research Committee and is the Program Chair of the Binocular Vision, Perception, and Pediatric Section. Dr. Roberts received the 2021 Irvin M. and Beatrice Borish Award.
Our research efforts are funded by grants from the National Eye Institute, Department of Defense, and various foundations to study vision development in infants and young children as well as binocular vision disorders in adolescents and adults with concussions. Our focus is to identify underlying mechanisms that will inform clinical treatment approaches and ultimately leading to the prevention of strabismus, amblyopia, and binocular vision disorders.