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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 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 Feb

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

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, 01 Dec

Adding Brief Pain Science or Ergonomics Messages to Guideline Advice Did Not Increase Feelings of Reassurance in People With Acute Low Back Pain: A Randomized Experiment

View full journal-article on https://app.dimensions.ai/details/publication/pub.1164380542

2023, 01 Dec

Mechanisms of education and graded sensorimotor retraining in people with chronic low back pain: A mediation analysis

View full journal-article on https://app.dimensions.ai/details/publication/pub.1160162786

2023, 28 Nov

The Understanding Persistent Pain Where it ResiDes Study of Low Back Pain Cohort Profile

View full journal-article on https://app.dimensions.ai/details/publication/pub.1166412974

2023, 01 Oct

The smallest worthwhile effect on pain intensity of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and exercise therapy for acute and chronic low back pain: a benefit-harm trade-off study

View full journal-article on https://app.dimensions.ai/details/publication/pub.1164176508

2023, 27 Sep

Reporting of Observational Studies Explicitly Aiming to Emulate Randomized Trials: A Systematic Review

View full journal-article on https://app.dimensions.ai/details/publication/pub.1164421349