Date of Submission


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)



Department Chair

Stephanie Felgoise, PhD, ABPP

First Advisor

Stephanie Felgoise, PhD, ABPP

Second Advisor

Brad Rosenfield, PsyD

Third Advisor

Arturo Bravo Nuevo, PhD


Introduction: There is a significant negative impact on the quality of life of individuals with visual impairment. The number of adults with visual impairment is growing and health professionals will need to be able to respond with effective care and as part of interdisciplinary teams

Purpose: The purpose of the study is to explore the impact that interprofessional education (IPE) has on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes held by future health professionals regarding their ability to treat adults with visual impairment.

Hypotheses: It is hypothesized that after an IPE module, future health professionals will demonstrate more knowledge and more perceived skills relevant to treating people with visual impairment in addition to increased awareness and appreciation for the experiences of people with visual impairment.

Methods: Future health professionals completed a pre- and posttest survey to assess their knowledge, skills, and attitudes towards the treatment and experiences of people with visual impairment. They were exposed to an IPE module intended to facilitate interdisciplinary learning and enhance patient care.

Analysis: Results suggested an improvement in the knowledge and perceived skills of participants following the education module, though the significance and sample sizes were small. Results regarding the awareness of and appreciation for visual impairment were not significant.

Implications: This study may serve as a foundation for future studies and clinical practices hoping to improve patient care in addition to the impact of IPE.

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