After relocating to California from eastern Canada in 2017, James completed a master’s degree in clinical psychology from California State University, Northridge (CSUN). While at CSUN, he was a senior researcher and lab co-supervisor of the Adolescent and Adult Adjustment Lab (ALAB) under the supervision of Dr. Scott Plunkett where he completed research that assessed how contextual factors and individual qualities relate to adjustment, well-being, and academics in diverse populations. James was also a clinical intern at CSUN’s Mood and Anxiety Disorders Clinic and CSUN’s Psychological Assessment Clinic. Upon graduation he was chosen to receive the Scholar-Practitioner Award, which is given each year to a CSUN student who has demonstrated excellent scholastic achievement and has also shown outstanding competence in assessment, engagement, and application of theoretical strategies in serving clients’ needs in an ethical, culturally-sensitive manner.
Outside of academia, James worked for over three years supporting adolescents and adults living with an intellectual disability as a developmental services worker at Community Living London. He also worked for over five years at Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) as a community support worker and case manager supporting adolescents and adults living with a severe mental illness. In 2016, James received CHMA’s Staff Champion of Mental Health award, an honor given to those who have made a significant contribution to mental health care, advocacy, and/or research in community mental health.
James' research interests include assessing the effectiveness of CBT- and DBT-based interventions, addressing the unmet needs of community health workers, assessing the effectiveness of digital and telehealth interventions, exploring new methods of disseminating evidence-based treatments, improving psychodiagnostic assessment, and addressing LGBT+ issues.