Dr. Rachel Coulter

Pediatric Optometrist

Associate Professor

Nova Southeastern University

Dr. Coulter is a pediatric optometrist and Associate Professor at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). Dr. Coulter also serves as the Department Chair of Optometric Sciences. Dr. Coulter has provided optometric care and served as a faculty member since 1992. At NSU, she teaches courses, sees patients and serves as a clinical attending preceptor for optometric students and residents. She has served as a guest on several television and radio programs including Mom Talk Radio, and Focus on Health.


Dr. Coulter has been recognized nationally for her clinical abilities as a Diplomate in Binocular Vision and Perception by the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Coulter has served as Chair of the Children’s Vision Committee for the Florida Optometric Association. She currently serves as the Chair of the Binocular Vision, Perception and Pediatric Optometry Section of the American Academy of Optometry. She has also been recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. She has also been recognized in America’s Top Optometrists, Who’s who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s who Among America’s Teachers.


Dr. Coulter has many accomplishments in the areas of scholarship and research. She served as principal investigator for the Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial, a study funded by the National Eye Institute. The results of the study were published in the October 2008 issue of Archives of Ophthalmology. Dr. Coulter has written articles and presented multiple papers and continuing education lectures related to the topics of binocular vision and pediatric optometry. She has also contributed a chapter to the 5th edition of Bartlett and Janus’s text Clinical Ocular Pharmacology.


As the parent of a child with autism, she has worked to support organizations that provide family support, research funding and community resources for individuals who have autism. In 2008, Dr. Coulter and her husband, Jim Barrett, founded CasaBlanca Academy, a non-profit private school for children who have autism and similar disorders. In 2009, the school was recognized nationally as the first school in the state of Florida based upon the DIR/Floortime model.