Personal details

Associate Professor Alex Black
Associate Professor
Faculty of Health,
School of Optometry & Vision Science
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Optometry - CDA
Discipline *
Ophthalmology and Optometry
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Identifiers and profiles

Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology), Masters of Public Health (University of Queensland), Bachelor of Applied Science (Optometry) (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, FHEA
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, FAAO
  • Member of The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)

age-related macular degeneration, falls, falls prevention, falls risk factors, glaucoma, low vision, mobility, visual field loss, visual impairment

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


Dr Alex Black is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Optometry & Vision Science at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia.  He received his PhD in Vision Science (QUT) in 2010, and completed a Masters of Public Health (University of Queensland) in 2012.  He is a registered optometrist, with extensive clinical practice experience.

He is an experienced vision researcher and injury epidemiologist, having worked as a research optometrist on a NHMRC Injury Prevention Partnership grant (Prevention of Older People’s Injuries), exploring balance, falls and driving safety among older adults.  Dr Black completed his PhD in 2010, exploring the association between visual impairment and falls among older adults.  Following this, he worked as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the QUT Vision and Driving research laboratory, funded by several NHMRC and ARC grants, examining older drivers’ safety and performance, particularly the impact of declines in visual function, physical capacity and cognitive function.

He commenced his QUT faculty role in 2015, teaching across various pre-clinical optometry skills, clinical practice, and research units in the Bachelor of Vision Science and Master of Optometry courses.  In addition, he has an active research program, having received over AUD $3.2 million in grants and industry funding across a broad range of research fields (vision science, road safety, human factors, and education).  He also contributes to these fields of research through his roles on international conference committees (Association of Research in Vision & Ophthalmology), journal editorial roles (Clinical & Experimental Optometry), and peer-reviewer for national and international journals and grant agencies.

His research interests include:

  • Visual impairment
  • Ageing and vision
  • Falls injury prevention
  • Mobility
  • Driving safety
  • Night-time road safety
  • Eye movement and gaze behaviour
  • Children’s vision and academic performance

Researcher IDs

Scopus Author ID: 9243161500

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Alex Black.


Learning and Teaching Qualifications

  • Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (2017)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2018)

Course coordinator

  • Master of Optometry (OP85): 2020-ongoing

Unit coordinator 

  • OPN264 – Research Project
  • OPN361 – Evidence Based Optometry
  • OPN362 – Specialist Clinic 9
  • OPN462 – Specialist Clinic 10


  • OPB656 – Assessment of Vision 6
  • OPN164 – Research Methods in Optometry & Vision Science: Research Project Supervisor
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Alex Black.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.


Current supervisions

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)