Personal details

Associate Professor Katrina Schmid
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

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


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

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


Dr Schmid is an Associate Professor in the School of Optometry at QUT. She obtained her undergraduate optometry degree, with first class honours, from QUT and was awarded a QUT Medal. For her PhD she was awarded an Australian Post-Graduate Research Award; the topic of her thesis was “Visual and retinal control of eye growth and refraction”.  She was the Winner of the AMP QLD Biomedical Research Awards in the predoctoral category for her work on myopia.
Dr Schmid is a grant reviewer for the ARC and NHMRC and an EBM for two prestigious international journals IOVS TVST and Nature Scientific Reports.

She was received grant funding to conduct research into Image Blur Analysis and Ocular Development and to study the mechanisms by which GABA Antagonists alter eye growth.
Dr Schmid has many published research papers in internationally refereed journals and regularly attends both national and international research conferences to present her work.
Dr Schmid has a keen interest in the paedology of teaching and learning and completed both Graduate Certificate in Education (Higher Education) and the Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics.

Dr Schmid has been an OAA council member and member of the Optometrists Board of QLD (including Deputy Chair for three years). She is also involved in School, Faculty and University committees (currently serving on the University Animal Ethics Committee).
Research highlights

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Dr Schmid is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; the success of her application was based on her mentoring of others in their pursuit of teaching excellence. She has expertise in developing authentic assessment pieces and validation of written examinations.

Dr Schmid’s curriculum areas include

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

The Foundations of Optometric Practice 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).

Dr Schmid is current course co-ordinator of the Bachelor of Vision Science course.

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 Supervision OPN164 – Research Methods in Optometry and Vision Science; OPN264 – Research Project

HDR student supervision

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Katrina Schmid.


Associate Professor Schmid is a registered optometrist and has worked in private optometric practice.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Katrina Schmid.


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

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

The GABAergic System in Eye Growth Control and Myopia
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Myopia;Eye growth;Retina and visual function;GABAergic system;Retinal neurotransmitters