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James McAuley

Current Appointments

Senior Research Scientist and Group Leader, NeuRA
Director, Centre for Pain IMPACT Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Health, UNSW Sydney Honorary Research Fellow, The George Institute for Global Health
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Professor James McAuley is a psychologist, Professor in the School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health at UNSW and Senior Research Scientist at NeuRA.

James completed his PhD at Brunel University, London (2003). After immigrating to Australia in 2004 he took up a postdoc at the University of Sydney and then at the George Institute for Global Health. In 2010 he moved to NeuRA where he set up the Centre for Pain IMPACT (investigating mechanisms of pain to advance clinical translation). In 2017 James was appointed as Associate Professor to the Exercise Physiology department at UNSW and in 2020 he was promoted to Professor.

James’ research combines experimental, clinical and translational methods to develop and test new interventions to manage low back pain. James has published >200 articles (Google Scholar, ORCID) and holds over >$10M in research funding. He is regularly invited to give talks at conferences and scientific meetings. James has supervised 18 PhD students and mentored 4 postdocs.

James is the chair of the back pain group of SPHERE MSK and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) for the Australian and New Zealand Musculoskeletal Clinical Trials Network (ANZMUSC). In 2015 James founded the NSW network for pain PhD students/ECRs (SPRiNG).


2024, 01 May

Complex regional pain syndrome: advances in epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment

View full journal-article on https://app.dimensions.ai/details/publication/pub.1170722850

2024, 16 Apr

Barriers and enablers to exercise adherence in people with nonspecific chronic low back pain: a systematic review of qualitative evidence

View full journal-article on https://doi.org/10.1097/j.pain.0000000000003234

2024 Apr

Emotion regulation skills‐focused interventions for chronic pain: A systematic review and meta‐analysis

View full journal-article on https://doi.org/10.1002/ejp.2268

2024, 28 Mar

Behavioural 'nudging' interventions to reduce low-value care for low back pain in the emergency department (NUDG-ED): protocol for a 2×2 factorial, before-after, cluster randomised trial

View full journal-article on https://app.dimensions.ai/details/publication/pub.1170247248

2024, 01 Feb

Barriers and Enablers to Using Intervention Reporting Guidelines in Sports and Exercise Medicine Trials: A Mixed-Methods Study

View full journal-article on https://app.dimensions.ai/details/publication/pub.1166097372

2024, 01 Feb

Using hypnosis in clinical practice for the management of chronic pain: A qualitative study

View full journal-article on https://app.dimensions.ai/details/publication/pub.1166606943

2024, 01 Jan

A Qualitative Study Identifying Barriers and Enablers to Exercise Adherence in People with Chronic Low Back Pain. “It's a personal journey”

View full journal-article on https://app.dimensions.ai/details/publication/pub.1168625883

2024, 01 Jan

Are Exercise Interventions in Clinical Trials for Chronic Low Back Pain Dosed Appropriately to Meet the World Health Organization’s Physical Activity Guidelines?

View full journal-article on https://doi.org/10.1093/ptj/pzad114

2024, 01 Jan

Clinimetrics: Douleur Neuropathique en 4 Questions (DN4)

2023, 31 Dec

The Efficacy of Graded Motor Imagery and Its Components on Phantom Limb Pain and Disability: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

View full journal-article on https://doi.org/10.1080/24740527.2023.2188899