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Professor of Visual Development, University of Bradford

I trained as an Optometrist at the Dublin Institute of Technology and graduated in 1989. In 1994 I was awarded a PhD in Medicine from University College Dublin, before graduating with a BSc in Psychology from the Open University in 2010.


Specifically I am interested in research aimed at understanding the impact of amblyopia upon those who live with it, and understanding the aetiology of amblyopia and its typically associated conditions of strabismus and anisometropia.

Vision and Sport

Is there anything elite about the vision of elite sportspeople? There are claims that vision is superior in elites but little evidence to support this assertion or the assertion that vision training can lead to better sport performance. Currently, we have a major, BBSRC-funded project aimed at investigating these issues.
Vision and Reading

Together with Dr Jim Gilchrist, I am interested in understanding whether subtle visual anomalies can lead to reading difficulties and establishling how professionals working with those with reading difficulties can better work together.


  • –present
    Professor of Visual Development, University of Bradford


  • 1994 
    University College Dublin, PhD in Medicine