Marjean Kulp

Distinguished Professor

Contact Information

Postal address: 
338 W 10th Ave Room 470 Columbus, OH 43210

Biographical narrative

Dr. Marjean Taylor Kulp received her bachelors of science in genetics in 1986, and her doctor of optometry in 1991, from The Ohio State University. Between 1991 and 1993 she was the recipient of the Ewalt Fellowship and concurrently completed a master's degree in physiological optics and a fellowship in binocular vision/pediatrics at the College of Optometry. Upon completing her fellowship, she accepted a position as module manager. Her primary responsibilities as module manager included clinical teaching and direct patient care in the Pediatrics and Binocular Vision and Primary Care Services. In January of 1995, she joined the tenure-track faculty as an assistant professor. She completed a 2 year K-30 clinical-research-career development grant program in 2002. Her teaching assignments have included ocular neurology and binocular vision. Her research interests include binocular and children's vision.
She served as the Principal Investigator at The OSU College of Optometry clinical center for a series of multicenter NIH-funded trials to investigate the effectiveness of treatments for convergence insufficiency (Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial (CITT) pilot, Base-In CITT, CITT) and serves as PI for the CITT-Attention and Reading Trial (CITT-ART) which is looking at the effect of CI treatment on attention and reading. She also serves as a Principal Investigator for the NIH-funded, Vision In Preschoolers – Hyperopia In Preschoolers (VIP-HIP) Study along with Dr. Elise Ciner, investigating whether farsightedness affects how children perform on educational and visual tests. Dr. Kulp served (with Dr. Paulette Schmidt, OD’73, MS’76) as a Co-Investigator at The OSU Clinical Center for the NIH-funded Vision In Preschoolers Study, which investigated the best preschool vision screening tests for identifying children with one or more targeted vision disorders (amblyopia, strabismus, significant refractive error). She serves or has served on the executive committees for CITT-ART, CITT, and VIP. She is the Principal Investigator for the NIH-funded, Pediatric Eye Disease Investigators Group (PEDIG) studies at The OSU College of Optometry clinical site, including the Amblyopia Treatment Studies (ATS), Correction of Myopia Evaluation Trial 2 (COMET 2) Study, Intermittent Exotropia Studies (IXT), Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Study (CITS), and Hyperopia Treatment Study (HTS). She serves as co-chair of the HTS. She has served as an author on over 100 publications, including a book chapter.
Dr. Kulp received the Ohio Optometric Association’s Jack Keith Young Optometrist of the Year Award in 1996. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. She is currently a tenured Distinguish Professor.


  • Jack Keith Young Optometrist of the Year Award, 19960101
  • Fellow American Academy of Optometry, 19960101
  • President's Citation, 19920101
  • Class of 1965 Scholarship, 19900101
  • Varilux Scholarship, 19900101