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Professor Mark Brosnan BSc, MSc, PhD, CPsychol, FHEA Head of Department of Psychology

Professor Mark Brosnan joined us in 2002 and oversees the strategic development of the Department of Psychology.


As the Head of the Department of Psychology, Mark is pioneering an innovative ‘distributed leadership’ model, with three deputy heads covering:

  • Professional and Cultural Development
  • Education and Student Experience
  • Research, Impact and Knowledge Exchange

Email to contact Mark and the rest of the Department of Psychology Senior Leadership Team.

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Centre for Applied Autism Research (CAAR)

Mark is the founding Director of the Centre for Applied Autism Research (CAAR). Inclusion is at the heart of CAAR’s activities, including a university autism awareness day, an autism summer school for prospective undergraduates, and an employment school for autistic graduates.

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Mark’s research interests include developing digital supports for the autistic and broader autism communities.

He's developed a range of innovative participatory research processes for co-creating digital technologies with and for the autistic community. This has resulted in a co-created series of digital technologies with the autistic community that are freely available and widely used (Stories Online For Autism:

Mark worked with members of the autistic community, leading interdisciplinary research projects and producing academic outputs and outputs for the autistic community. For example, the Westminster Commission on Autism Report, which details issues around autism assessments.

This person is available to supervise research degree projects


View a list of books and publications by Mark Brosnan


Mark is a chartered psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a Senior Editor of the internationally leading Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

He recently served as a trustee of Autism Unlimited, a member of the Scientific Affairs Board of Autistica, and an external examiner for the University of Cambridge undergraduate programme.

At the University of Bath, Mark has recently served on the University Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee, the University Research Culture Working Group, Academic Staff Committee, and the Faculty Promotions Committee.

His teaching covers both autism and cyberpsychology, and he has supervised many excellent doctoral, master's and undergraduate students.