Dr Sheela Evangeline Kumaran
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Sheela Evangeline Kumaran

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

School of Optometry

Dr Sheela Kumaran is a postdoctoral research fellow at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales, Australia. She qualified as an Optometrist from India (Elite school of Optometry, Birla Institute of Technology and Science) and completed her PhD in Public Health from Flinders University, Australia. She has experience teaching optometry students and delivering eye care in India, where she engaged in private optometry practice as well as community eye health programs. Her research interests closely align with her passion to voice patient’s perspectives to improve health outcomes. She aims to achieve this by using technologically advanced patient reported outcome measures and modern psychometric analysis to reliably measure constructs such as quality of life. During her PhD, she was awarded the prestigious ‘Academic Excellence in Postgraduate Research, International Students Award’ from His Excellency, the Governor of South Australia. She is currently a proxy member of the Vision2020 Australia – independence and participation, and global committees, a member of the Australian Association of Gerontology, and an associate member of the UNSW Ageing Futures Institute.



2019                 Academic excellence - Winner (Postgraduate research), International Students Award from His Excellency, the Governor of South Australia, StudyAdelaide, Australia, 2019

2016-2020     The Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship, up to AUD 130,864.

2016-2019     Australian Postgraduate Award (Full-time), $26,288 per annum (2016) indexed annually.

2011              One sight Foundation Scholarship, Luxottica, USA, INR100,000. 

2007              Johnson & Johnson contact lens scholarship award, India, INR 15,000.


Research grants:

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.

Other grants:

  1. Travel grant, The association for research in vision and ophthalmology (ARVO),  USD 1100, 2018
  2. Flinders University Student Association (FUSA) development grant, AUD 800, 2017
  3. Travel Grant, ARVO – Asia, 2017