2020 PhD (Public Health), Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia.
Title: ‘Development of item banks to measure the impact of amblyopia and strabismus on quality of life’
2011 M Phil. Optometry, Elite School of Optometry, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, India.
Title: ‘Development of a vision related quality of life instrument for school going children with uncorrected refractive error’
2009 B S Optometry, Elite School of Optometry, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, India.
2015 Fellowship in British Dispensing Optics (O/S), UK
Sep 2021 – present Member, Age and Ageing Clinical Academic Group, Sydney Partnership for Health Education Research and Enterprise
Aug 2021 – present Member, Australian Association of Gerontology
Feb 2021 – present Vision 2020 Australia Global Committee
Feb 2021 – present Member, UNSW, Ageing Futures Institute
Jan 2017 – present Member in training, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Dr Sheela Kumaran is a postdoctoral research fellow at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW Sydney, with undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Optometry and a PhD in Public Health. She has extensive experience in clinical low vision practice and teaching. Her research primarily focuses on voicing the patient’s perspective of vision-related quality of life impacts of various eye conditions and their real-world implications as well as orchestrating reliable measurement of latent traits using advanced psychometric techniques and computer adaptive testing systems. She has a special interest in improving outcomes for older adults with visual impairment and has contributed to the recent Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission reports from a health economic perspective. She is currently leading research funded by the Macular Disease Foundation Australia, investigating the impacts of age-related macular degeneration on quality of life and developing new programs of health systems and outcomes research together with national and international collaborators.
Kumaran SE, Pesudovs K, Keay L, Liew G. Measuring the breadth and the depth of the quality-of-life impacts caused by age related macular degeneration, Macular Disease Foundation Australia Research Grant, AUD $AU49,674, 2021.
Academic excellence (postgraduate research) international students award from His Excellency, the Governor of South Australia, Study Adelaide, Australia, 2019
The Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship, up to AUD 130,864, 2016-2020
Australian Postgraduate Award (Full-time), $26,288 per annum (2016) indexed annually, 2016-2019
Research higher degree student publication award (AUD 500), Flinders University, 2019
Research higher degree student publication award (AUD 400), Flinders University, 2017
Sri R Sivaraman memorial endowment prize for the ‘Best Research Project’, 2011
Luxottica excellence award for ‘Research Methodology’, 2011
Best scientific presentation in ‘Low vision’ in ESO International Vision Science and Optometry Conference, 2010
Sri V Venugopal memorial prize for ‘Best outgoing student 2009’ (along with 10 other awards)