Dr. Sonnadara is the inaugural Director of the Office of Education Science, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery. He also holds academic appointments in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour, the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind, in the Health Research Methodology and Health Science Education programs, and in the Schools of Computational Science and Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at McMaster University.
In addition to his academic appointments, Dr. Sonnadara also holds administrative appointments as Special Advisor to the VP (Research) on matters related to Digital Research Infrastructure, and sits on McMaster’s Information Technology Executive Committee.
A behavioural neuroscientist by training, Dr. Sonnadara uses a variety of different methodologies to study changes in the body that arise as a result of learning and practice, from the initial stages of skill acquisition through to elite and expert level performance across a wide variety of domains. He is particularly interested in the role of feedback in learning and assessing complex skills. Dr. Sonnadara’s interests in this area grew out of his own experiences as a professional musician and an elite level coach, and he still works as a composer and sound designer for theatre as time permits.