Associate Professor
Katrina Schmid

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Faculty of Health,
School of Optometry & Vision Science

Personal details


Associate Professor
Faculty of Health,
School of Optometry & Vision Science


Eye Growth, Myopia, Ocular Pharmacology, Binocular Vision, Amblyopia, Ocular surface, Authentic assessment


Ophthalmology and Optometry

Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


  • PhD (Queensland University of Technology)
  • BAppSc(Opt)(Hons) (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships and associations

Dr Schmid is a registered optometrist with an Ocular Therapeutics Endorsement. AHPRA Optometry Board Expert Panel Member: Investigation of Practitioner Complaints. OCANZ Written Examination Committee member. Member International Myopia Institute Member Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology


Dr Schmid has a keen interest in the pedagogy of teaching and learning. She has completed the Graduate Certificate in Education (Higher Education) and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  She is a member of the OCANZ Written Examination Committee. She has expertise in developing authentic assessment pieces and validation of written examinations. Backhouse, S., Chiavaroli, N.G., Schmid, K.L., (...), Phillips, G., Jalbert. (2021). Assessing professional competence in optometry – a review of the development and validity of the written component of the competency in optometry examination (COE) BMC Medical Education. 21(1),11A. Dr Schmid’s curriculum areas include

  • ocular anatomy and physiology
  • ocular pharmacology
  • the aetiology and management of refractive errors

Dr Schmid co-ordinates the unit The Foundations of Optometric Practice. This unit aims to enhance optometry students first year experience at QUT. They start the journey of developing their professional identity, introduces them to the core knowledge base that underpins the profession (ocular anatomy and physiology, optics and visual science), and to the scope of practice and competencies relevant to practice (ethics, law, communication, cultural awareness, and evidence based practice). School of Optometry and Vision Science Academic Lead Education

Course Coordinator OP45 – Bachelor of Vision Science Unit Coordinator OPB201 – Foundations of Optometric Practice;  OPB452 – Ocular Anatomy and Physiology 4; OPB654 – Ocular Pharmacology Lecturer OPB557 – Binocular Vision; OPB352 – Ocular Anatomy and Physiology 3 OP85 Research Project Supervision OPN164 – Research Methods in Optometry and Vision Science; OPN264 – Research Project Vision Science Peer Program Co-ordinator HDR student supervision: Level 4 Mentoring supervisor

Teaching Publications Schmid KL, Backhouse S, Cochrane A et al., (2021) Viewpoint. A snapshot of optometry teaching in Australia and New Zealand in response to COVID-19. CXO 104:6, 723-727. Jonuscheit S, Lam AKC, Schmid KL et al. (2021). COVID-19: ensuring safe clinical teaching at university optometry schools.  Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, 41(1), 144-156. Schmid, K. L., Hopkins, S., & Huynh, T. (2020). Involving patients in the development of interpersonal skills of optometry students. CXO

103(3), 361-367. University Teaching Committees Member Faculty of Health Teaching and Learning Committee Member Faculty of Health Academic Board


Selected publications

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