Addressing the University of Houston College of Optometry commencement.

Dr. Pierrette Dayhaw-Barker received the University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO)  Distinguished Alumna Award at their May commencement.

Dr. Dayhaw-Barker, who was the first female graduate of the UHCO optometric PhD program, is the director of Salus University’s Graduate Programs in Biomedicine, the University’s first PhD program that welcomed its inaugural class of students in August 2012.  

Pierrette Dayhaw-Barker, PhD



  • BA, Universite d’Ottawa (pre-med)
  • PhD University of Houston (physiological optics and endocrinology)
  • Research Associate in Physiological Optics, University of Houston

Role at Salus University:

  • Associate Dean, Graduate Programs in Biomedicine
  • Professor of Physiology

Selected Representative Publications:

  • P. Dayhaw-Barker. Mechanisms of Pathogenesis in Diabetes Mellitus.Optometry and Vision Science 72:6, 417-424, 1995
  • P. Dayhaw-Barker. Corneal Wound Healing: the players. International Contact Lens Clinics 22: 105-109, 1995
  • P. Dayhaw-Barker. Corneal Wound Healing: the process. International Contact Lens Clinics 22: 110-115, 1995
  • Schalch W., Dayhaw-Barker P. and F.M. Barker,II. The Photoprotective Role of the Macular Yellow Pigment, Proceedings of the 12th International Congress on Photobiology. Vienna. 1996.
  • Dayhaw-Barker P. Recent Advances in Understanding Corneal Wound Healing, Practical Optometry 8: 48-51, 1997.
  • Schalch W., Dayhaw-Barker P., and F.M. Barker, II. Carotenoids in the Retina. Nutritional and Environmental Influences on the Eye, CRC Press, Boca Raton, 1999.
  • Dayhaw-Barker P., The Eye as a Unique target for Toxic and Phototoxic Effects. In New Horizons in Primate Toxicology, in preparation, 2000.

Professional Honors and Activities:

  • American Academy of Optometry Scientific Program Committee, 1992 to present
  • Consultant to the Council on Optometric Education
  • Research committee member
  • Various Search and College committees
  • Reviewer for various research journals
  • Grant reviewer for FCAR, 1994 to present
  • Visiting Fellow, The Institute of Ophthalmology, University of London, England.
  • Onofrey Rybachok Educator of the Year award, 1983.

Research Activities:

  • Research activities on radiation effects on the eye, photosensitivity, free radicals effects on ocular tissues, diabetes mellitus, and corneal wound healing.