Dr. Alex Chaparro
Alex Chaparro was named the new Carl and Rozina Cassat Professor in Aging and director of the Regional Institute on Aging (RIA) at Wichita State University in 2015. Chaparro is a professor of psychology and served as the chair of psychology from 2010 to 2015. He replaced the founding director of the institute and first holder of the professorship, Teresa Radebaugh. Chaparro has been at WSU since 1996. He received his doctoral degree from Texas Tech University in experimental psychology and completed post-doctoral training at Harvard University. His research expertise involves aging, in particular issues involving perception and performance in the aging population.
Graduate Research Assistant
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.
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.