Susan A. Cotter, OD, MS, FAAO
Southern California College of Optometry
OD, Illinois College of Optometry
MS, University of Southern California
Residency in Children's Vision, SCCO
Susan Cotter, OD, MS received her doctor of optometry degree in 1983 from the Illinois College of Optometry, completed a residency in Children’s Vision at the Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO) in 1984, and received an MS degree in Clinical and Biomedical Investigations from the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine in 2006. Currently, Dr. Cotter is a Professor of Optometry at SCCO where she teaches in the classroom, clinic, and residency program and is active in clinical research; she also has an appointment as a Research Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at USC.
At present, Dr. Cotter serves as a Vice Chair of the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG), a clinical research network of pediatric eye care providers who are funded by the National Eye Institute to perform clinical investigations related to pediatric eye disease. In addition, she is co-principal investigator for the NEI-funded Multi-Ethnic Pediatric Eye Disease Study (MEPEDS) and Vice-Chair of the Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial (CITT).
Dr. Cotter serves on the National Expert Panel of the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health, the American Optometric Association’s Council on Research, and as a senior residency consultant for the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education. She is active in the American Academy of Optometry where she is a Diplomate and past Chair of the Academy’s Binocular Vision, Perception, & Pediatric Optometry Section; serves as a topical editor for their journal Optometry & Vision Science; and is a member of the Academy’s Research Committee. She is also a fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. Dr. Cotter is a recipient of the American Optometric Foundation’s Ezell Fellowship and editor of the textbook, Clinical Applications of Prisms. She lectures internationally in the areas of pediatric eye care and binocular vision.