Stefanie Drew

(818) 677-3503
Office location:
ST 332



  • Ph.D. University of California, Irvine
  • M.A. University of California, Irvine
  • B.A. Claremont McKenna College

Courses Taught

  • PSY150 - Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY321 - Research Methods
  • PSY369 - Applied Cognition
  • PSY500 - Professional Development
  • PSY 581 - Teaching in Psychology
  • PSY690A - Advanced Sensation and Perception

Selected Publications and Presentations


Del Cid, DA, Larranaga, D, Leitao, M, Mosher, RL, Berzenski, SR, Gandhi, V, & Drew, SA. (2020) Exploratory factor analysis and validity of the Virtual Reality Symptom Questionnaire and Computer Use Survey. Ergonomics. 1-27. DOI: 10.1080/00140139.2020.1820083

Drew, SA, Awad, MF, Armendariz, JA, Gabay, B, Lachica, IJ & Hinkel-Lipsker, JW. (2020) A perceptual-motor examination of virtual reality training and real-world transfer. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, 2, 59.

Magruder, ED, Scott, W, Willard, M, Ruiz-Mesa, K & Drew, S. (2019) Transparency to close opportunity gaps in the largest state system. In M-A. Winkelmes, A. Boyle. & S. Trapp (Eds.), Transparent Design in Higher Education Teaching and Leadership. (pp. 166 – 184) Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, Inc.

Drew, SA, Awad, JF, Hackney, BC & Fenn, E. (2018) Orange is Less Than Green: An Examination of Bidirectionality in Grapheme-Color Synesthesia. Perception. 47(8): 881-891

Liu, C, Drew, SA, Borsting, E, Stark, L, Escobar, A & Chase, C. (2016) Tonic Accommodation Predicts Closed-loop Accommodation Responses. Vision Research. 129: 25-32

Borsting, E, Liu, C, Drew, S, Chase, C.  (2015) Does somatic amplification effect patient reports of visual discomfort? Vision Development and Rehabilitation 1(2): 135-141 

Drew, SA, Borsting, E, Stark, LR and Chase, C. (2012) Chromatic aberration, accommodation and color preferences in asthenopia. Optometry and Vision Science.

Drew, SA, Chubb, CF, and Sperling, G. (2010) Precise attention filters for Weber contrast derived from centroid estimations. Journal of Vision. 10(10): 20

Research Interests

Virtual Reality

With the recent emergence of new immersive virtual reality systems on the market, little is known about the impact of these machines on the ocular system. We are currently exploring potential impacts these systems have on the accommodative and vergence oculomotor systems as well as whether people are able to transfer motor skills learned in the virtual world to the real world.

Zoom Fatigue

With the COVID-10 pandemic Zoom and other video conferencing software have become a part of everyday life.  We currently are examining the impact of this usage on multiple dimensions, including the human visual system.

Accommodation, Asthenopia & Reading

Asthenopia, or visual discomfort, is a common condition that is characterized by symptoms that can include sore eyes, blurred vision, headaches, re-reading when performing near-work tasks such as reading or looking at a computer screen. Currently, we are utilizing a combination of techniques including surveys, psychophysics and eye-tracking to examine the relationship between this condition and accommodation.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD

In collaboration with Dr. Gary Katz, we are interested in utilizing eye-tracking technologies to examine ocular behaviors exhibited in individuals expressing ADHD symptoms.