Julia Appel, OD

Associate Clinical Professor
Clinical Education


Dr. Julia Appel is a 1991 graduate of the SUNY College of Optometry and completed the Residency in Rehabilitative Optometry at the Northport VAMC in 1992. She is currently an Associate Clinical Professor working with third year interns in the Adult Primary Care clinic at the University Eye Center and is the Clinical Education Coordinator for the 3rd Year Class. As a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, Dr. Appel is the Optometric Education Section liaison at the college. In her work as a member of the Clinical Education Department, she is involved in developing clinical programs including best practices in assessment and remediation. Her research interests are in optometric education in areas of clinical reasoning and assessment in the clinical setting.


  • OD, Doctor of Optometry, SUNY College of Optometry, 1991
  • BA, English Literature, Queens College, CUNY, 1987

Residency/Other Post Graduate Training

  • Residency in Rehabilitative Optometry - Northport VAMC, 1992


  • Diplomate - American Board of Optometry, 2013
  • Fellow - American Academy of Optometry, 2001


  • SUNY College of Optometry Alumna of the Year , 2019
  • Optometric Educator of the Year, 2017
  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2014

Professional Experience

  • Clinical Education Coordinator 3rd Year Class, SUNY College of Optometry, 2008 - Present
  • Associate Clinical Professor, SUNY College of Optometry, 1992 - Present

Teaching Interests

Critical Thinking

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

Integrative Seminar VII

Integrative Seminar V

Integrative Seminar VI

Optometric Clinic III

Research Interests

Clinical Reasoning
Clinical Assessment

Clinical Interests

Primary Eye Care Optometry



  • 2018 - Present : Array - Array
  • 2017 - Present : SUNY Optometry Faculty Executive Committee - Faculty Executive Committee Professional Programs Representative
  • 2015 - Present : American Academy of Optometry - Optometric Education Section Liaison
  • 2015 - Present : Institutional Research and Planning Committee - Clinical Education Representative
  • 2009 - 2013 : SUNY Optometry Alumni Association - President SUNY Optometry Alumni Association
  • 2011 - 2013 : SUNY Optometry Faculty Executive Committee - Faculty Executive Committee Presiding Officer


  • 2017 - Present : Accreditation Council on Optometric Education - Other
  • 2016 - Present : ASCO's Optometric Education - Reviewer/Referee

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