Professor Joanne Wood
Faculty of Health
School - Optometry and Vision Science
Dr Joanne Wood is a Professor in the School of Optometry and Vision Science at QUT, and has extensive research experience in a number of areas: vision and driving, vision and falls, children’s functional vision and clinical psychophysics (including visual field testing and development of techniques for the early detection of ocular disease). Her research experience, spanning over a period of 25 years, includes a PhD in Visual Sciences at Aston University, UK, followed by a Post Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychophysics at Oxford University. Since 1989 she has been at QUT, initially employed as a Post Doctoral Fellow, and in recognition of her achievements, promoted through Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor to her current position as Professor.
In 2010 Joanne was appointed as Director of Research in Optometry and leader of the Vision Improvement Domain of the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation. Dr Wood’s research has resulted in the publication of a total of 216 articles in national and international refereed journals, and presentation of 190 research papers at major international conferences, including the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Transportation Research Board, Vision in Vehicles and the American Academy of Optometry. She has attracted research funding from a range of granting bodies including the ARC, ARC SPIRT, ARC linkage, NHMRC and Federal Office of Research as well as industry partners, with funding for research projects totalling $8.0 million in the last 10 years.
In 1991, Dr Wood established a vision and driving research laboratory. This laboratory uses a unique experimental design, incorporating measurements of actual driving performance on a closed circuit driving course as well as on the open road, rather than making indirect judgments via crash rate data or driving simulators. Dr Wood’s research approach, by virtue of its multidisciplinary nature, has led to the development of an extensive research network overseas, involving a range of highly successful collaborations with academics across the world as well as from Australia, both within and outside of QUT. Over the last 10 years, a number of international scholars have visited QUT to participate in collaborative research projects because of the unique approach that Dr Wood has taken to the investigation of vision, ageing and driving.more...