Vice-President Research

 

Dr. Daniel Weeks
Office: B636, University Hall
Phone: 403-329-2431
Fax: 403-382-7185
Email: vpr@uleth.ca

 

Daniel Weeks is the Vice-President (Research) at the University of Lethbridge. Originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Weeks is a cognitive psychologist and an internationally-recognized expert on human motor control. He also has a research program focused on skill acquisition in persons with Down Syndrome. He has pioneered new brain imaging techniques to determine the impact of cerebral specialization and information processing on health and behaviour, among other projects.  He previously served as a Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University, where he also operated the PsychoMotor Behaviour Laboratory.

In addition to publishing numerous scientific papers, chapters and books, Dr. Weeks is a member of the Psychonomic Society and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a past recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award from the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity and in 2003, he received the Distinguished Research Service Award from the Down Syndrome Research Foundation.  Most recently, Dr. Weeks was inducted into the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education (AAKPE) at its 77th Annual Meeting in Savannah, Georgia. The Academy's membership is considered a "who's who list" of the top individuals in the fields of Kinesiology and Physical Education.

Weeks holds a B.A. with honours in psychology from the University of Windsor (1983), an MSc in kinesiology from McMaster (1985) and a PhD in psychology specializing in cognition and motor performance from Auburn University (1989).  He completed his postdoctoral work as a visiting Assistant Professor in the Department Psychological Science at Purdue University.  There are two primary themes to Dr. Weeks' research efforts. First, the work for which he received a PhD, involves the role of cognition in complex response selection and decision making.

Supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, his current research examines the influences of brain specialization, skill acquisition, motor control and attention on spatial cognition and decision-making processes. Second, Dr. Weeks and colleagues have an ongoing program of research involving persons with Down syndrome and those with other intellectual challenges.