Research background and interests

James is a child and adolescent psychiatrist whose main focus of research is broadly encapsulated under (i) child and adolescent mental health and (ii) early psychosis.

He has extensive clinical and research experience in areas of child and adolescent mental health including depression, anxiety, aggression, self harm, developmental disorders and pharmacotherapy. His research interests in early psychosis are prevention, phenomenology and treatment options.

Research projects

James is currently engaged in a programme of research examining psychotic-like experiences in otherwise healthy individuals, mental health outcomes of bullying in adolescents, the role of cytokines in adolescent depression, the outcomes of early intervention in young children with autism and the outcomes of adolescents experiencing their first episode of psychosis.

The programmes are a combination of clinical work with patient samples and epidemiological studies in collaboration with large mental health surveys and birth cohort studies.

Researcher biography

James leads the Child and Youth Research Group at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research and the Youth Mental Health Research Group at the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research. He also practices clinically as a Child and Youth Psychiatrist with the Metro North Mental Health Service, where he is the Director of the Early Psychosis Service. James is the recipient of a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Practitioner Fellowship (2016-2020), awarded for his research into prevention and intervention strategies to improve the mental health of adolescents.

James has established a programme of research developing preventative strategies and cost-effective real-world interventions for mental illness in children and youth. His research incorporates studies in epidemiology, clinical trials, bullying and psychiatric neuro-immunology. He is the elected chair of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Section for Youth Mental Health and an editor of the Journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. In 2018, he was awarded the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists' Senior Research Award, conferred on the "Fellow who has made the most significant contribution to psychiatric research in Australia and New Zealand over the preceding five years".