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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).


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

2023, 22 Aug

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

2023, 07 Jun

Internet-Delivered Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Training for Chronic Pain: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial

View full journal-article on https://doi.org/10.2196/41890

2023 May

Depressive symptoms moderate functional connectivity within the emotional brain in chronic pain

View full journal-article on https://doi.org/10.1192/bjo.2023.61

2023 Jan

Cortical function and sensorimotor plasticity are prognostic factors associated with future low back pain after an acute episode: the Understanding persistent Pain Where it ResiDes prospective cohort study

View full journal-article on https://doi.org/10.1097/j.pain.0000000000002684

2022, 04 Nov

Rescaling pain intensity measures for meta-analyses of analgesic medicines for low back pain appears justified: an empirical examination from randomised trials

View full journal-article on https://doi.org/10.1186/s12874-022-01763-x

2022 Nov

Evaluation of emotion-centric psychological interventions for chronic pain: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis

View full journal-article on https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2022-063102

2022 Nov

Open and transparent sports science research: the role of journals to move the field forward

View full journal-article on https://doi.org/10.1007/s00167-022-06893-9

2022 Oct

Baseline imbalance and heterogeneity are present in meta-analyses of randomized clinical trials examining the effects of exercise and medicines for blood pressure management

View full journal-article on https://doi.org/10.1038/s41440-022-00984-3

2022, 16 Aug

Internet-Delivered Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Training for Chronic Pain: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial (Preprint)

View full preprint on https://doi.org/10.2196/preprints.41890