2010-2011: David Sugden

David Sugden is named the 2010-2011 Pease Family Scholar by the Iowa State University Department of Kinesiology. Sugden is a renowned children’s movement disorder specialist and book author.


Sugden has an academic background in developmental psychology, special education and physical education – he earned his doctoral degree from the University of California at Los Angeles; has taught in primary, secondary and special schools; and has lectured at the college and university levels. He has held major leadership roles in the University including Acting Vice Chancellor, Pro Vice Chancellor, Dean of three separate faculties and Head of School. Currently, he is professor of special needs in education at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. 

Sugden has also authored numerous books and journal articles on his research topics and has received grants from agencies such the Economic Science Research Council, Action Medical Research, SCOPE, Local Education Authorities, and the National Health Service. In his latest book, “Early Years Movement Skills: Description, Diagnosis and Intervention,” Sugden co-authored an evidence-based manual of diagnosis and interventions for helping children between 3 and 6 years old who lack a complete range of fundamental movement skills.


As the 2010-2011 Pease Family Scholar, Sugden presented “Identifying, Assessing, and Supporting Children with Movement Difficulties” at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23 in the Memorial Union Sun Room. His talk was free and open to the public.