Honorary Research Fellow
James undertook his PhD at the University of Aberdeen where he studied how people with autism detect the actions of others. In his post-doctoral studies worked on the development of an automated measure of facial imitation for use in the study of autism, mood disorders and schizophrenia.
He has sat on a number of advisory panels discussing the role of research in autism, and was vocal in the production of the report; A Future Made Together and the publication; Educational Provision and Outcomes for People on the Autism Spectrum. He was part of a core stakeholder group which successfully campaigned for Scotland’s first ever autism strategy. James was also a member of Autistica’s own Science Review Panel since January 2014. From a young age James has also worked directly with families affected by autism, as well as having experience in clinical, educational and social care settings.
James is currently Research Director at Autistica (an autism medical charity).