Professor Mark Mon-Williams (MMW), Professor of Cognitive Psychology, University of Leeds (Perception Action Cognition Laboratory, University of Leeds), Professor of Psychology at the Bradford Institute of Health Research and Professor of Paediatric Vision at The Norwegian Centre for Vision. MMW leads the Centre of Applied Education Research (a partnership between the Universities of Leeds and Bradford together with the Department for Education, the Education Endowment Foundation, and the Bradford Local Authority) – a multidisciplinary Centre based at the Bradford Royal Infirmary.
Mark Mon-Williams studies the control of human action with particular regard to the use of visual information in guiding hand movements. His recent research has explored hand movements (kinematics) in children with and without neurodevelopmental problems. This research has led to the development of CKAT (the Clinical Kinematic Assessment Tool) – a system capable of providing objective measures of the difficulties experienced by children with neurodevelopmental disorders. He is currently exploring how robotic systems can help children (and stroke survivors) improve upper limb control and is investigating whether therapeutic intervention can be augmented with electrical brain stimulation techniques. His expertise is in movement disorders utilizing EEG and eye tracking and virtual reality to assess how cognition action and perception are integrated during childhood. He is one of the directors of the Born in Bradford project in England where they are introducing interventions across the city (systematically assigning children) in order to reduce health disparities.
MMW held post-doctoral fellowships at the Universities of Edinburgh and Queensland before taking up his first faculty position at the University of St Andrews in 1999. In 2002 he moved to the University of Aberdeen where his laboratories received funding from a large number of grant awarding bodies. He was appointed to a personal Chair at the University of Leeds in January 2009 and was Head of the School of Psychology from 2011-2014. MMW leads a research group that use their fundamental scientific contributions to address applied issues within surgery, rehabilitation and childhood development. MMW has responsibility for ensuring societal impact arises from research conducted within the University of Leeds’ Faculty of Medicine and Health. His research is funded by the EPSRC, EEF, MRC and ESRC.
MMW is a Founder Member of the Priestley Academy Trust (a multiple academy trust that includes the world’s first school to provide free meals to children), and sits on the Bradford Opportunity Area partnership board.