University of Scranton Professor Recognized for Service to Those with Low Vision
The Lion’s Club Low Vision Centers of Fairfield and New Haven counties in Connecticut recognized Julie A. Nastasi, Sc.D., O.T.D., assistant professor of occupational therapy at The University of Scranton, as an Ambassador of Sight. This is the highest award bestowed by the center and recognizes honorees for contributions made that encourage the long-term availability of low vision services.
Dr. Nastasi serves as director of low vision therapy for the University’s Edward R. Leahy Jr. Center Clinic for the Uninsured. Through a program she helped to establish, Dr. Nastasi, along with her occupational therapy students, offer services through the free clinic that are designed to help those with low vision remain independent.
In addition to the University, Dr. Nastasi has also taught at Ithaca College, Mercy College, and worked as an occupational therapist in hospitals and rehabilitation centers in Connecticut and New York. She earned her bachelor’s degree from The University of Scranton, a master’s degree from Tufts University and Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She holds doctorates from Boston University and Towson University.