Ian James

Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Trust Innovation Team


A graduate of Aberdeen University (BSc) and Lancaster University (PhD) in Psychology and Human factors respectively. Ian also has a clinical psychology degree from the University of Newcastle (MSc) and is an honorary professor at Bradford University. 

He worked for 4 years in one of the first Cognitive Therapy training courses in the UK.  In 1997, Ian set up the Older People’s Psychology Service in Newcastle and established the first dedicated Challenging Behaviour Community Service in the NHS.  Alongside his work as an NHS clinician, he have maintained strong research and teaching portfolios. Ian has written over 200 articles and five books.  

He has additional qualifications in Interpersonal therapy and Neuropsychology, and is a member of the Division of Neuropsychology, British Psychological Society. Ian is regarded as one of the national experts in dementia care, particularly in relation to behaviours that challenge. He has recently authored the British Psychological Society’s guidance on managing agitation in dementia. 

Ian currently combines his NHS work with his work as a consultant in elite sport, where he is the mental skills coach for Burnley F.C. who play in the English Premier League.