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Joy Harewood, OD

Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging


Joy Harewood, OD, FAAO, Dipl ABO is a graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Optometry and completed a residency in ocular disease at the SUNY College of Optometry. She has achieved Fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry and is a Diplomate in the American Board of Optometry. Dr Harewood has extensive experience in hospital-based eye care and the first was the first fulltime optometrist performing inpatient consults at Northwell Health’s Staten Island University Hospital campus. This is a position she held for 6 years. Dr. Harewood then worked as a faculty member in the Department of Ophthalmology at BronxCare Health System. There, she taught optometry and ophthalmology residents in a clinical and didactic setting, and provided direct patient care. She currently serves on the UC Berkeley Council for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB). She was named the inaugural Director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging at SUNY College of Optometry in 2020, along with being appointed as an Associate Clinical Professor. She is a leading voice in the push to increase diversity in the optometric field.



Optometric Education


OD, Doctor of Optometry, University of California, Berkeley, 2011


Ocular Disease - SUNY College of Optometry, 2012



Diplomate, American Board of Optometry - American Board of Optometry (ABO), 2020

Fellow, American Academy of Optometry - American Academy of Optometry (AAO), 2012

NY State Optometry License - NYS Department of Education Office of the Professions, 2011



Michael G Harris Distinguished Service Award, 2021

Council Member - UC Berkeley School of Optometry Council for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, 2020

Service Excellence Award, 2018

Service Excellence Award, 2015


Professional Experience

Council Member, University of California at Berkeley School of Optometry, Council for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging , UC Berkeley School of Optometry , 2020 - Present



Defining race and ethnicity in Optometry., Ophthalmic & physiological optics : the journal of the British College of Ophthalmic Opticians (Optometrists) 41 (4): 659-662 659-662, 2021

Oral therapies for diabetes and diabetic retinopathy, Review of Optometry 2016

Ocular Health: A matter of the heart, Review of Optometry 2015



Race, equity and culture in the exam room, 2021 Lecture

Managing co-management: Best practices in optometric surgical co-management, 2021 Lecture

Posterior Uveitis: A toolkit for the primary eye care provider, 2021 Lecture

Beyond the exam room: Practice ways to improve patient access to care, 2021 Lecture

COVID-19 and the Eye: What you need to know, 2021 Lecture

Posterior Uveitis: A toolkit for the primary eye care provider, 2021 Lecture

A Rare Presentation of Ocular Inflammation, 2021 Poster

A Rare Case of Alpha Thalassemia Trait Causing Peripheral Retina Neovascularization, 2020 Oral Presentation

Updates on the treatment and management of diabetic retinopathy, 2020 Lecture

Retina Grand Rounds: Cases from the trenches, 2017 Lecture

Posterior Uveitis: A guideline for the primary eye care provider, 2015 Lecture

Neuromyelitis Optica – Case Report and Diagnostic Update, 2015 Poster

Spontaneous Traumatic Macular Hole Closure in a 46-year-old Caucasian Male, 2015 Poster

The Differential Diagnosis of Functional vs. Pathological Vision loss, 2012 Lecture

Ocular Manifestations of Antiphospholipid Syndrome: A Case Report, 2012 Poster

Clear skin and blurred vision: the visual and ocular side effects of Accutane, 2012 Lecture



2021 - Present : Chair Search Committee - Member
2021 - Present : Admissions Committee - Member
2021 - Present : Diversity and Inclusion Master Plan Committee - Chair
2021 - Present : Advisory Board on Race and Equity - Chair
2021 - Present : Faculty Search Committee - Member

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