DR Manjula Marella

DR Manjula Marella


  • Disability
  • Public Health and Health Services



  • Manjula (BS Optometry, PhD) is a Research Fellow in the Disability Inclusion for Health and Development Unit. Her research interests are measurement of disability and its impact, evaluation of disability inclusive development programs and development and validation of questionnaires using qualitative and quantitative (Rasch analysis) techniques. Manjula is an optometrist specialised in low vision rehabilitation. She completed her PhD from the Department of Ophthalmology, The University of Melbourne, in 2011. Her doctoral thesis involved developing an evaluation framework for community-based rehabilitation programs. Her postdoctoral research primarily focused on developing and validating the Rapid Assessment of Disability survey to measure disability and its impact on participation and inclusion of people with disabilities in the community.   


Member of

  • Australian Disability and Development Consortium (ADDC). Member 2013 - 2017
  • Faculty 1000 Research. Associate faculty member 2010 - 2017
  • International Agency for Prevention of Blindness. Member 2012 - 2013
  • International Society Geographical & Epidemiological Ophthalmology. Member 2012 - 2013
  • International Society for Low Vision Research and Rehabilitation. Member 2011 - 2013
  • Vision 2020 Australia Low Vision Rehabilitation Committee. Committee Member 2011 - 2013
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Member 2010 - 2011


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2011
  • B.S. (Optometry), Birla Institute of Technology and Science 2004

Awards and honors

  • University of Melbourne Vice Chancellor's Staff Engagement Project Grant, 2014
  • Melbourne Abroad Travelling Scholarship (MATS), University of Melbourne, 2010
  • Travel Grant to attend Vision 2011 conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, International Society for Low Vision Research and Rehabilitation (ISLRR), 2010
  • Travel Grant from Asia ARVO 2011 Conference, Singapore, Asia ARVO, 2010
  • Travel Fellowship Award, Harold Mitchell Foundation, 2010
  • Travel Grant from Asia ARVO 2007 Conference, Singapore, Asia ARVO, 2007
  • 5. Melbourne International Fee Remission Scholarship (MIFRS) and Melbourne International Research Scholarship (MIRS). 2007-2010, University of Melbourne, 2007
  • Scholarship for excellent academic achievements (Bausch and Lomb School of Optometry, L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad), Carl Zeiss, 2003
  • Best Paper in Clinical Sciences Award, Indian Eye Research Group Meeting, 2003


Available for supervision

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