A graduate from UNSW, Vanessa has worked in both independent and corporate practices throughout the Sydney and Illawarra regions. Vanessa owned a solo practice in Mascot for 15 years, where she was the recipient of two business awards and was given a Citation for Outstanding Service to the City of Botany Bay. Vanessa returned to the School of Optometry and Vision Science in 2010 and is currently a Senior Staff Optometrist overseeing the Colour Vision Clinic. Her current research interests include colour and visual perception, colour vision deficiencies and its awareness in both industry and school environments, and the perception of surface shape and contours. Vanessa is in the process of completing her doctorate investigating how colour is used by the visual system to aid in guiding our visual behaviour.