Short CV/Education and training

  • 2021-2022 Enterprise Fellow – Royal Academy of Engineering

  • 2019
    - Present Professor Experimental Psychology, Faculty of Life and Health Sciences, Ulster University, N.Ireland

  • 2018
    - Present CEO/Founder INCISIV Ltd.

  • 2016 – 2018
    Dean for Postgraduates, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Queen's University Belfast, N.Ireland

  • 2012 – 2016
    Head of School of Psychology, Queen's University Belfast, N.Ireland

  • 2011 – 2018
    Director of the Movement Innovation Lab, Queen's University Belfast, N.Ireland

  • 2011 – 2013
    Director of Research for the Perception, Action, Communication research cluster, Queen's University Belfast, N.Ireland

  • 2010 – 2018
    Professor in Perception and Action Psychology, Queen's University Belfast, N.Ireland

  • 2006 – 2010
    Senior Lecturer in Visual Perception, Queen's University Belfast, N.Ireland

  • 1999 – 2006
    Lecturer Behavioural Neuroscience, Faculty of Sports Sciences, University of Aix-Marseille 2, France

  • 1998 – 1999
    ATER, Faculty of Sports Sciences, University of Aix-Marseille 2, France

Selected publications

  • Bienkiewicz, M. & Craig, C.M. (2016). Editorial: Sound, Music and Movement in Parkinson’s disease. Frontiers in Neuroscience, http://dx. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2016.00216

  • Bienkiewicz, M. & Craig, C.M. (2015). Parkinson’s is time on their side? Evidence for difficulty with sensorimotor synchronization. Frontiers in Neuroscience,

  • Craig CM. (2014) Understanding perception and action in sport: How can virtual reality technology help? Sports Technology, 6, 161-169.

  • Rodger, M.W.M., Young, W.R. and Craig, C.M. (2014). Synthesis of Walking Sounds for Alleviating Gait Disturbances in Parkinson’s Disease. IEEE Transaction on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 22, 3, 543-548

  • Whyatt, C., & Craig, C.M. (2013). Interceptive skills in children aged 9-11 years, diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. 7, 613-623.

  • Whyatt, C., & Craig, C.M. (2013) Sensory-motor problems in Autism. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 7, 51, doi: 10.3389/fnint.2013.00051.

  • Brault, S, Bideau, B, Kulpa, R & Craig, C (2012) Detecting deception in movement: The case of the side step in rugby. PloS ONE. Doi: 10.1371/jounral.pone.0037494

  • Young, W, Ferguson, S, Brault, S & Craig CM. (2011) Assessing and training standing balance in older adults: a novel approach using the 'Nintendo Wii' Balance Board. Gait and Posture, 33, 303-308.

  • Dessing, JC & Craig, CM. (2010) Bending it like Beckham: How to visually fool the goalkeeper. PloS One. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013161.

  • Bideau B, Kulpa R, Vignais, N, Brault, S, Multon, F & Craig CM, (2010) Virtual reality, a serious game for understanding performance and training players in sport. IEEE Computer Graphic Applications, 30, 14-21.

  • Coull JT, Vidal F, Goulon C, Nazarian B & Craig C (2008). Using Time-To-Contact information to assess potential collision modulates both visual and temporal prediction networks. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 2:10. doi:10.3389/neuro.09.010.2008

  • Craig, CM, Delay, D, Grealy, MA, & Lee, DN (2000) Precision golf putting: Guiding the swing. Nature 405, 295-296.

  • Craig, CM, Grealy, MA, & Lee, DN (2000). Detecting motor abnormalities in preterm infants. Experimental Brain Research, 131, 359-365.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • N.Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke (NICHS) – Using body tracking technology to develop novel movement based training for Stroke patients, 2017-2018

  • EPSRC Impact Accelerator Award – Development of a decision support system for sport, 2017

  • Irish Football Association (IFA) – Development of two interactives for the Education and Heritage Centre at Windsor Park, 2016-17

  • BAE Systems, Ltd. (DSTL) PAUSE – Personalising Autonomous Systems 2014

  • Wii-Park – Parkinson's UK Innovation Grant, 2011 – 2012

  • Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) – Balance Training in Older Adults, 2011

  • Microsoft Research Scholarship – Adapted Games for the Elderly, 2011 – 2014

  • European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant – TEMPUS_G (Temporal Enhancement of Movement Performance Using Sensory Guides), 2008 – 2013

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • 2017 – 2021 Elected Board member of the International Society of Ecological Psychology (ISEP)

  • 2017 Panel member EPSRC ‘Human-like Computing’ ICT call

  • 2015 – 2016 Guest Editor, Frontiers in Neurology: Research Topic: Sound, Music and Movement in Parkinson’s disease.

  • 2014 – 2016 Pre-proposal Grant Evaluation Panel Member, Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR)

  • 2013 -2018 Editor and Member of the Advisory board PeerJ (Psychiatry and Psychology)

  • 2013 – 2018 Scientific Review Committee member, N.Ireland Chest, Heart and Stroke

  • Since 2011 Associate Editor, International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology (Taylor and Francis; Impact Factor 5.29)

  • Since 2010 Active Grant reviewer for European Research Council (ERC); National Science Foundation (NSF): ANR (Agence Nationale de la Recherche); Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF); Archimedes Programme, Greece; Government of Hong Kong (Food and Health Bureau); ESRC and EPSRC (UK research councils); Leverhulme; Wolfson Foundation, Dunhill Medical Trust and Action Medical Research

  • 2002 onwards Active Reviewer for: JEP: HPP, Experimental Brain Research, Journal of Motor Behaviour, Human Movement Science, Ecological Psychology, PLoS One, Sports Medicine, Journal of Sports Sciences, European Journal of Sports Sciences, Presence, Naturwissenschaften, PNAS, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Behavioural and Brain Functions, Acta Paediatrica, Frontiers in Psychology, Frontiers in Neuroscience

Media coverage

  • Mind Games – Sky Sports – looking at how VR technology can be used to create pressure situations in sport (August, 2018)

  • Virtual Reality gives ECB tantalising portrait of future Ashes series – The Guardian newspaper (December 2017)

  • Future of VR in Sport – Nua GAA RTE documentary on Gaelic sports featuring Movement Innovation Lab and how virtual reality can change the face of sports (July 2017), articles also in Pioneers and Red Bulletin (August 2017)

  • Behind the Science – NvTv 25 minute documentary on perception/action research carried out in the Movement Innovation Lab (February 2015).

  • Place kicking in rugby –explaining temporal control of movement in place-kicking (October 2016) half time feature for BBC Sport – showing how motion capture technology can be used to analyse kicking technique (September 2013)

  • Sensory Guides in Parkinson’s: Feature on Euronews Futuris programme during World Parkinson’s awareness week. (April 2012). Broadcast across Europe in 11 different languages.

  • Virtual reality simulator for cricket: article in the Guardian newspaper, ESPN CricInfo (August 2017), feature on BBC showing how Ireland batsmen tested our virtual reality simulator (September 2013)

  • Decision Making (VR) in Rugby: EirSport, Peak Performance rugby documentary (October 2016); RTE documentary about Tommy Bowe, BBC Newsline, local newspapers and other internet sites (e.g. Frontier Economy Innovators), a feature on BBC radio Ulster science programme 'What's Next'. Covered by the Otago Times and radio during Rugby World Cup (September 2011)

  • Balance Training for Older Adults: Coverage in the press (Irish News and Irish Times), two BBC Radio Ulster documentaries (‘How to live to be 100' and ‘What’s Next’), BBC Newsline. (July 2011)

Additional qualifications

  • PGCET – Post-graduate Certificat of Higher Education Teaching – Queen's University Belfast, N.Ireland, 2006

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Entrepreneur – founded own start-up company aiming to translate 25 years research into products that can help people move better

  • Quality Assurance – have carried out a number of external quality assurance reviews in Croatia, Estonia and the UK

  • Demonstrated significant leadership abilities in a number of senior roles (CEO, Dean of Postgraduates, Head of School, Director of Research)

  • Excellent communication skills

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Have 14-year-old daughter and a 4 year old labrador/collie cross dog

  • Enjoy participating in all types of sport

  • Love travelling and experiencing new cultures


You can only see the contact information of the academics in the database if you are a registered user of AcademiaNet.
Please register here


  1. Read what our members say about AcademiaNet.

Follow us

Similar profiles

  1. Prof. Dr. Andrea Abele-Brehm

    Social and behavioural sciences, Social psychology, industrial and organisational psychology

  2. Prof. Patrizia Agostinis

    Biological and related sciences, Health, Cell Biology, Cellular signaling, Cancer biology, Cancer therapy

  3. Prof. Dr. Rasha Abdel Rahman

    Social and behavioural sciences, Neurocognitive psychology

  4. Prof. Dr. Christine Abbt

    Humanities, Social and behavioural sciences



  1. Deceptive Movements

    Ulster's rugby stars have been taking part in an exciting new research project in the School of Psychology, at Queen's University Belfast. This work is trying to understand how experts deal with clever side-step footwork.

  2. Helping Everyone Move Better

    Psychologist Cathy Craig studies how the brain processes sensory information and uses it to inform movement, with the goal of helping elderly individuals, patients with neurological disorders, and athletes improve their motor control. Craig is professor in perception and action psychology at Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Academia Net