Stephanie Reeves

PhD Student
Vision Science


I’m from Hampden, Massachusetts (a small, rural town in western MA).


I attended Connecticut College and majored in Neuroscience, Slavic Studies, and Dance. After graduation, I spent a year in Kazan, Russia on a Fulbright ETA grant. I spent the next three years at Schepens Eye Research Institute of Harvard Medical School working under Dr. Russell Woods in a vision rehabilitation lab.


There is no better place than Berkeley to challenge yourself, take risks, and study what you are truly passionate about. Here, you are surrounded by some of the world’s greatest minds and thinkers not only in vision science, but also in neuroscience, optics, computer science, and psychology. The unique diversity, breadth, and richness are but a few of the strengths of our small, but mighty, program.


I study how head orientation influences the work of the oculomotor system in precise saccade targeting and depth perception.


I aim to improve my understanding of vision and the brain through computational, psychophysical, and eye tracking methods. I hope to learn how to ask good questions and how to answer those questions. I see myself both in academia and industry.


I like to drink and study wine! I also like hanging with my cats and fiance, moving my body, and exploring the Bay Area.


Reeves, S., Cooper, E., Rodriguez, R. Otero-Millan, J. (in review) Head orientation influences saccade directions during free viewing. eNeuro.

Reeves, S., Williams, V., Costela, F., Palumbo, R., Umoren, O., Christopher, M., Blacker, D., Woods, R. (2020) Narrative video scene description task discriminates between levels of cognitive impairment in Alzheimer’s Disease. Neuropsychology, 34(4): 437-446.

Costela, F., Reeves, S., Woods, R. (2020) Orientation of preferred retinal locus (PRL) is maintained following changes in simulated scotoma size. Journal of Vision, 20(7): 25-30.

Costela, F., Saunders, D., Rose, D., Katjezovic, S., Reeves, S., Woods, R. (2019) People with central vision loss have difficulty watching videos. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 60(1): 358-364.