Mark is a Professor in Sport & Performance Psychology at the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences (PESS), University of Limerick. Additionally, he is the Director and Principal Investigator at the Lero Esport Science Research lab. His research interests span cognitive psychology, neurocognition, brain stimulation, neuromodulation, sports technology and esports science and he is particularly interested in inter and multidisciplinary approaches to solving real world issues. For example, he is a Science Foundation Ireland funded investigator working on a 8 year project entitled: DEKES- Deriving and Evaluating Key performance Indicators in Esports. This project involves harnessing psychology, neuroscience, software engineering, machine learning, data analytics and biomechanics to illuminate the science underpinning computer gaming and esports.
Currently, he supervises one post-doctoral research fellow, one post-doctoral researcher, four research assistants, six doctoral students and three MSc. student dissertations (MSc. Sport Exercise and Performance Psychology). He has supervised 9 PhD students to completion.
Projects he is interested in supervising include; High performance HCI; esports science; digital skill learning; motor skills learning; quantifying digital skills and performance; Technology and health related research
esports science; gaming; neurocognition; human computer interaction (HCI); cognition in action