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Director

Vacant

A national search is underway.

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Administrative Specialist

Janis Hudson

Janis.Hudson@wichita.edu
(316) 978-3010

Colton Turner
Graduate Research Assistant

Colton Turner

Colton graduated from Wichita State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and is currently a graduate student in the Human Factors Psychology Ph.D. program.

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Affiliate Scientist

Dr. Laura Walker

Dr. Laura Walker holds a SB in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD in Vision Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Her doctorate work focused on computer vision algorithms and human benchmarking. During her postdoc, she extended into computational models of vision, psychophysics, eye movements and disease. Dr. Walker enjoyed more than a decade as a NIH-funded principle investigator researching eye movements and eye-hand coordination in age-related macular degeneration while at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco. Today she is serving as the founding Executive Director for the Envision Research Institute (ERI) in Wichita, KS. As a department within Envision, Inc., ERI offers an incredibly unique environment for studying blindness and visual impairment (BVI). Envision serves the BVI population through a childhood development center, a vision rehabilitation clinic, numerous outreach programs to young students and adults, and through employment in their manufacturing facility. These components offer scientists and fellows at ERI a “living lab” in which they develop a deep understanding of the functional barriers presented by visual impairment, and an opportunity to conduct applied research that has direct and meaningful impact on the BVI population.