James is a Professor of health psychology at James Cook University, and 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 and the University of Western Australia. 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 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals, has written or edited dozens of books or book chapters, and has won over $3 million in competitive research funding. He has supervised (to completion) in excess of 50 research students, and has won multiple awards for his teaching and student support. James 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 JCU College of Healthcare Sciences Ethics Advisor, a member of the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, an affiliate member of the Researchers in Behavior Sequence Analysis group, and an international faculty member of the Motivation in Educational Research Laboratory. He has previously served as an Associate Editor for Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport as well as Psychology of Sport and Exercise, and he currently serves on the Editorial Boards for International Review of Sport and Exericse Psychology and Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology.


  • PY4106: Group Project Part 1 of 2 (Level 4; TSV)
  • PY4107: Group Project Part 2 of 2 (Level 4; TSV)
  • PY4115: Psychology: Now and the Future (Level 4; CNS, SIN & TSV)
  • Health psychology
  • Health promotion
  • Mental health
  • Physical health
  • Translational research
  • 2020 to present - Professor, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2005 to 2020 - Lecturer - Assoc. Professor, University of Western Australia (Perth, Western Australia)
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Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2018 - PAHL - UWA Faculty Award for Media Engagement
  • 2018 - PAHL - Research Excellence Award, WA Alcohol and Other Drug Conference
  • 2017 - UWA Excellence in Student Support Award.
  • 2011 - UWA Excellence in Coursework Teaching Award
  • 2019 to 2020 - UWA Innovation Fellow
  • 2013 to 2020 - Editorial Board - International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • 2013 to 2020 - Editorial Board - Sport, Exercise, and Performance 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

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