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Dr Jim Gilchrist

PositionSenior Lecturer in Optometry and Vision Science
LocationG20a, Richmond building
DepartmentBradford School of Optometry and Vision Science
Telephone+44 (0) 1274 234630

Research Interests (key words only)

Binocular Vision & Oculomotor Anomalies, Pattern-Related Visual Stress, Reading Difficulties

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Module co-ordinator: Ocular Anatomy & Physiology
  • Clinic supervisor: Advanced Clinical Practice/Binocular Vision


He has enjoyed an academic career in optometry at Bradford; first as Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer before his current appointment as Head of Optometry at the start of 2008. His previous roles have, at various times, included those of Optometry Examinations Officer and Admissions Tutor.

Jim's teaching contribution has covered a range of curriculum topics, including lecture courses in Ocular Anatomy & Physiology (currently), Physiology of Vision & Perception, Visual Ergonomics, Clinical Methodology & Statistics, Binocular Vision and Ocular & Systemic Disease, as well as involvement in practicals and clinics in Ophthalmic Lenses & Dispensing, Clinical Optometry, General Clinical Practice and Advanced Clinical Practice.

A firm believer in the need for optometry practice to be evidence-based and informed by research, as well as the need to show how vision research may have relevance to optometry practice, Jim has pursued research interests that have generally sought to bridge the areas of statistics, visual perception & psychophysics and optometry practice. He has developed aspects of this view in two complementary chapters on the Psychology of Vision published in Optometry textbooks (1988 and 2009). His current research interests are in the areas of diagnostic accuracy, signal detection theory, binocular vision and reading difficulties.

Study History

Jim Gilchrist is an optometrist with a BSc from the University of Bradford where he also took an MPhil degree working with David Pickwell on binocular space perception, and later completed a PhD thesis entitled Methodological Issues in Clinical Vision Science.

Professional Activities

  • BSOVS representative on School of Life Sciences Board
  • BSOVS representative on British Universities Committee on Optometry

Research Areas

Psychophysics Theory & Application

Statistics of Clinical Test Evaluation & Diagnostic Accuracy

Director of a BSOVS specialist clinic for Vision & Reading Difficulties - this provides:

  • a clinical service to help people (mainly university students and children of school age) who experience reading difficulties associated with visual problems
  • a context in which to pursue further research linking areas of interest in the list above
  • a focus for knowledge exchange to increase understanding of the range of visual anomalies that may contribute to reading difficulty - this links to the BSOVS/VIEWS theme

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