Christine Ann Roman

Educational Background

University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D.  1996

School of Education

Specialization – Vision and Infancy

University of Pittsburgh, M.Ed.  1990

  • Early Childhood Special Education/Medically Fragile Infants
  • Orientation and Mobility

Michigan State University, B.S.  1973

Visually Handicapped/Elementary Education

Professional Certifications

Elementary Education, Michigan State University

Special Education, Visual Impairment, Michigan State University

Orientation and Mobility, Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals

Professional Experience


Private Consultant, Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) Resources

The Western Pennsylvania Hospital, 1990-present

Director, Pediatric VIEW Program, The Western Pennsylvania Hospital, Pittsburgh PA

  • Responsibilities include assessment of children b-21 with visual impairment, liaison with community services, administration, & research

Consultant to The Watson Institute, technical support and consultation with professional staff regarding students with visual impairment

Consultant to Perkins School for the Blind-on campus CVI programming & Perkins eLearning Program

  • Instructor for on-line, 8-week course, Cortical Visual Impairment 9/16-present
  • Construct and consult with eLearning regarding The Roman Perkins CVI Endorsement Program
  • Provide instruction and mentorship to the on-campus educational programs

Consultant to CViConnect-an iPad system to support students with      CVI with Life Science Technologies


Consultant to Delaware, Maryland, Vermont, & West Virginia’s 9+-year CVI Mentor Training Project

Consultant to the New England Deaf-Blind’s 10+-year CVI Advisor Training Project

CVI Project Leader: The Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children

Responsibilities include CVI research, CVI instruction to teachers, CVI assessment clinics, CVI environmental adaptations


Consultant to The American Printing House for the Blind, Louisville, Kentucky; Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) Project Leader

  • Responsibilities include development of products and materials for students with CVI


Director, Assistant Professor, Program in Visual Impairment (1st in-state graduate program dedicated to preparing teachers of the visually impaired in West Virginia)

Marshall University Graduate College

  1. Charleston, WV
  • Responsibilities included budget management, recruiting, teaching, student advising, grant writing, technical assistance, weekly collaboration with WV Department of Education, hiring & managing adjunct instructors

Infant Developmentalist-Neonatal Intensive Care Unit & Follow-Up,

The Western Pennsylvania Hospital


Infant Developmentalist-Transitional Infant Care

The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh


Research Assistant Professor

University of Pittsburgh

Special Education-Vision Studies Program

  • Responsibilities included teaching, student advising, supervision of student teachers, grant writing


Coordinator, CRIB Program (Community Resources for Infants

Who are Blind), 1992-1998

Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children


Consultant, D. T. Watson Rehabilitation Hospital,

Education Center, 1995-96

Vision Consultant, St. Peter’s Child Development Centers/

Early Learning Institute


Research Associate, University of Pittsburgh


Teacher of the Visually Impaired

Orientation and Mobility Instructor

Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV, Grove City, PA

Courses Taught

University of Maryland

  • Cortical Visual Impairment, June 20-23, 2000

Marshall University Graduate College/West Virginia University

  • Introduction to Visual Impairments (classroom & WebCT formats), 1999 & 2002
  • Structures and Functions of the Human Visual System, co-taught, 2000-01
  • Braille Reading and Writing, 2000-01
  • Instructional Strategies for Teaching Students with Visual Impairments, 2000
  • Instructional Strategies for Teaching Students with Visual Impairment & Additional Disabilities, 2001
  • Practicum in Visual Impairment, 2000-02

University of Pittsburgh, Vision Studies Program

  • Education of the Visually Impaired I, 1988 – 1999
  • Education of the Visually Impaired II, 1989 – 1999
  • Braille, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998
  • Special Topics in Assessment, 1996, 1997, 1998
  • Assessment for Low Incidence Disabilities, 1997, 1998, 1999
  • Family Issues, 1997, 1998
  • Typical & Atypical Infant Development, 1997, 1998, 1999
  • Student Teaching Supervision, 1991-99
  • Vision/Infant Practicum, 1997-99

University of Pittsburgh, Department of Instruction and Learning

  • Professional Issues, Spring 1992
  • Exceptional Child, Summer 1992

University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work, Department of

         Child Development and Child Care

  • Exceptional Child, Fall 1993 (Co-taught with Dr. S. Atkins)

The University of Virginia

  • Methods for Teaching Children with Visual Impairment, Summer 1997
  • Assessment of Visual Impairment, Summer 1997

Professional Writing

Roman, C. & Masden, D. “Educational Visual Assessment for Infants (Birth-3),” 1991, revised, Roman, 1994

Roman, C. A., & Zimmerman, G. J. Mediated learning experiences and the orientation and mobility Process. RE:view, #2, 1994

Zimmerman, G. J. & Roman,C.A., Program Design and Implementation. In Blasch, B., Wiener, W. & Welsh, R. (Eds.), Foundations of Orientation and Mobility.   1999.

Utley, B. & Roman, C. A., Assessment of Children with Visual

Impairment with Additional Disabilities.  In Sacks & Silberman,

(Eds.), Children with Visual Impairment & Additional Disabilities.  1999.

Edelman, Lashbrook,  Roman, C.A., Cortical Visual Impairment Foundational Principles and Educational Considerations.

In. Dennison & Lueck (Eds),  Proceedings Summit on

Cerebral/Cortical Visual Impairment.  2006.

Roman Lantzy, C.A.,  Cortical Visual Impairment:An Approach to Assessment & Intervention, American Foundation for the Blind, NY, 2007. Revised, 2017, available ~ 6/17.

Roman Lantzy, C.A., Cortical Visual Impairment: Advanced Principles. The American Foundation for the Blind, NY, NY, (in press, 2018)

Roman Lantzy, C A., Baker Nobles, L., Dutton, G., Evans Luiselli, T., Flener, B., Jan, J.J., Lantzy, A., Matsuba, C., Mayer, L., Newcomb, S., Nielsen, A. 2010. Statement on cortical visual impairment, Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, AFB, New York, N.Y.

Roman Lantzy, C. A. & Lantzy, A., Cortical Visual Impairment:  Outcomes and opportunities, Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 2010, AFB Press, NYC, N.Y..

Roman, C.A., Orientation & Mobility for students with Cortical Visual Impairment.  In Blash, B. Wiener, W. Welsh, R. (Eds.)

Foundations of Orientation and Mobility. 2010 Dodson Burk, B. & Roman, C. The Preschool O&M Screening 2012, AER Pub.

Roman Lantzy, C. A., Trettel, M., 2015 Cortical visual impairment and autism spectrum disorders: Shared behaviors not shared diagnosis. (submitted for review)

Jan, J. E., Heaven, K.B., Matsuba, C., Langley, M.B., Roman Lantzy, C.A., & Anthony, T., Windows into the visual brain.  Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 2013, AFB Press, NYC, N.Y.

Current Research

“The Development of an Infant Screening to Identify Infants at Risk for CVI”, The Western Pennsylvania Hospital, Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital

Professional Presentations

Over 400 invitations to present lectures & workshops since 2000 primarily focusing on CVI

Venues include: 45 states within the USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Denmark, & England, Scotland, Spain, India

(details available upon request)

Professional Organizations

Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired

Council for Exceptional Children

Division for the Visually Impaired

Division for Early Childhood

The American Academy of Cerebral Palsy & Developmental Medicine

The Pediatric Cortical Visual Impairment Society, Board Member

Awards & Distinctions

2008 C. Warren Bledsoe Award from The Association for the Education and Rehabilitation for the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER), Chicago, Illinois

The Gayle G. Arnold Lecture, 2011.  The American Academy of Cerebral Palsy & Developmental Medicine, Las Vegas, Nevada, October, 2011

Hawke Family Keynote Lecture, Child Development Update Conference, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2013

Board Member, The Pediatric Cortical Impairment Society, 2011-present

Nomination for Health Care Hero, Pittsburgh Business Times, 2015

The Susan Harryman Lecture, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2017.