James is a Professor of health psychology at James Cook University, an Adjunct Professor at The University of Western Australia, and an Honorary Research Associate at Telethon Kids Institute. He is a co-director of the award-winning Psychology of Active, Healthy Living (PAHL) group. PAHL is a cross-institutional health psychology group involving James Cook University, the University of Western Australia, and Telethon Kids Institute. In his role in PAHL, James works with researchers, students, industry, government, the non-profit sector, and the media to improve health outcomes in various populations.

PAHL's (and James's) mission is to harness the 'power of people' to promote mental and physical health in people from all walks of life. The group has developed, delivered, and evaluated numerous community programs that have helped thousands of Australians to live happier and healthier lives. Among other things, PAHL has helped people to lose weight, improve their mental health, make better dietary choices, be more physically active, and feel less stressed at work and home.

James has published in excess of 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has written or edited dozens of books or book chapters. He has won over $4.5 million in competitive research funding (mostly from Category 1 funders), and since 2022, he has been a chief investigator on successful NHMRC and MRFF applications associated with behavior change and health promotion. 

James has supervised to completion in excess of 60 research students, and has won multiple awards for his teaching and student support. He is most interested in translational health psychology, undertaking research at all ends of the bench-to-bedside spectrum with an eye to community impact. In 2019, he was recognised as a University of Western Australia Innovation Fellow due to his--and PAHL's--work on novel community health interventions.

James is a member of the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, a member of the Mental Health & Exercise Research Group, an affiliate member of the Researchers in Behavior Sequence Analysis group, and an international faculty member of the Motivation in Educational Research Laboratory. He is Chair of JCU's Department of Psychology Research Committee, a JCU College of Healthcare Sciences Ethics Advisor, and the JCU College of Healthcare Sciences Research Integrity Advisor. James previously served as an Associate Editor for Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport as well as Psychology of Sport and Exercise. He is currently Deputy Editor at Stress & Health, sits on the Advisory Board at Australian Journal of Psychology, and serves on the Editorial Boards for multiple journals.


  • PY3201: Applied Psychology Internship (Level 3; TSV)
  • Health psychology
  • Health promotion
  • Mental health
  • Physical health
  • Translational research
  • 2022 to present - Honorary Research Associate, Telethon Kids Institute (Perth, Western Australia)
  • 2020 to present - Professor, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2021 to 2024 - Adjunct Professor, The University of Western Australia (Perth, Western Australia)
  • 2005 to 2020 - Lecturer - Assoc. Professor, University of Western Australia (Perth, Western Australia)
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2022 - Distinguished Book Award, National Communication Association (UWA): Communication and Social Cognition Division.
  • 2018 - PAHL - Research Excellence Award, WA Alcohol and Other Drug Conference
  • 2018 - PAHL - UWA Faculty Award for Media Engagement
  • 2017 - UWA Excellence in Student Support Award.
  • 2011 - UWA Excellence in Coursework Teaching Award
  • 2019 to 2020 - UWA Innovation Fellow
  • 2022 - Advisory Board - Australian Journal of Psychology
  • 2021 - Deputy Editor - Stress & Health
  • 2020 - Editorial Board - Asian Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • 2013 to 2020 - Editorial Board - Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology
  • 2013 to 2020 - Editorial Board - International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • 2018 to 2019 - Guest Editor - Nutrients
  • 2013 to 2018 - Associate Editor - Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
  • 2014 to 2016 - Editorial Board - Psychology of Sport and Exercise

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 112+ research outputs authored by Prof James Dimmock from 2014 onwards.

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Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Australian Health Research Alliance - Women's Health Research Translation Network (WHRTN)

Social influences on mothers? ratings of maternal-fetal attachment

Indicative Funding
$10,000 over 1 year
This project will use an ecological momentary assessment design to examine connections between maternal mental health, social support, and maternal-fetal attachment/bond.
Sam Teague, James Dimmock and Cate Nagle (College of Healthcare Sciences)
Maternal; Attachment; Ecolofical Momentary Assessment; Mental Health; Bonding; Microlongtudinal

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • The Influence of an Online Peer Support Initiative on maternal Psychologicial Wellbeing during the Perinatal Period (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • High-profile persons narrating recovery trajectories post-mediagenic humiliation: A qualitative embedded single-case study. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Factors contributing to the post-traumatic growth of adult women survivors of intimate partner violence. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Investigating the effects of dark personality traits on occupational fraud (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • The impact that Character Strengths have on the Longevity and Job Satisfaction of Australian Teachers (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • Bamboo: A culturally responsive peer support initiative for first -time mothers in North Queensland (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • The smart use of smart phones: A self-determination theory intervention on social media involvement and well-being (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Exploring workplace gratitude through the lens of Self-Determination Theory (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • The development of a framework for support the nurturing environment of a healthy kinship system for Indigenous mothers in the perinatal period (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)

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