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.


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

Residency/Other Post Graduate Training

  • 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


  • 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

Clinical Interests

Glaucoma, Optometric Education


  • 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


  • A Rare Presentation of Ocular Inflammation, 2021
  • A Rare Case of Alpha Thalassemia Trait Causing Peripheral Retina Neovascularization, 2020
    Oral Presentation
  • Retina Grand Rounds: Cases from the trenches, 2017
  • Posterior Uveitis: A guideline for the primary eye care provider, 2015
  • Neuromyelitis Optica – Case Report and Diagnostic Update, 2015
  • Spontaneous Traumatic Macular Hole Closure in a 46-year-old Caucasian Male, 2015
  • The Differential Diagnosis of Functional vs. Pathological Vision loss, 2012
  • Ocular Manifestations of Antiphospholipid Syndrome: A Case Report, 2012
  • Clear skin and blurred vision: the visual and ocular side effects of Accutane, 2012
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