Researcher

Associate Professor James McAuley

My Expertise

Evidence-based management of low back pain 

Development of new treatment approaches for low back pain

Biography

Dr James McAuley is a psychologist, A/Prof in the School of Medical Sciences & Senior Research Scientist at NeuRA.

He completed his PhD at Brunel University UK in 2002 and took a post-doctoral position at the University of Sydney in 2004 and then a senior post-doctoral position at the George Institute for Global Health in 2008. He moved to NeuRA in 2010 and established the Pain Research, Education and Management program. He was appointed to...view more

Dr James McAuley is a psychologist, A/Prof in the School of Medical Sciences & Senior Research Scientist at NeuRA.

He completed his PhD at Brunel University UK in 2002 and took a post-doctoral position at the University of Sydney in 2004 and then a senior post-doctoral position at the George Institute for Global Health in 2008. He moved to NeuRA in 2010 and established the Pain Research, Education and Management program. He was appointed to the department of Exercise Physiology, School of Medical Sciences in 2017.

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 Group (SAG) for the Australian and New Zealand Musculoskeletal Clinical Trials Network (ANZMUSC). In 2015 James founded the NSW network for pain PhD students/ECRs (SPRiNG).

 


My Grants

NHMRC:

  • McAuley JH, Gustin S. NHMRC Project Grant 2019-2023. $2,309,382
  • McAuley JH. MRFF – Rare Cancers, Rare Diseases and Unmet Need Initiative. $992,314
  • McAuley JH, Moseley GL, Maher CM, Goodall S, Stanton T, Wand BM. NHMRC Project Grant 2014-2019. $970,000
  • Schabrun S, McAuley JH, Graven-Nielsen T, Nicholas MN, Henschke N, Khan A. NHMRC Project Grant 2014-2018. $814,825
  • McAuley JH, Nicholas MK, Moseley GL, Henschke N, Refshauge K. NHMRC Project Grant 2013-2016. $509,00
  • Moseley GL, McAuley JH. NHMRC Project Grant 2011-2015 - $595,392

Other:

  • McAuley JH. Mindgardens Neuroscience Network/MNN Commonwealth Funded Research Projects. $300,000
  • McAuley JH and STREAM Health collaborators. 2017-2020 $120,000
  • Lee H, McAuley JH, Herbert RD, Kamper SJ, Henschke N, Williams CM. UC Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS). $28,300
  • Williams CM, McAuley JH, Wiggers J. Coal Services Health and Safety Trust 2016. $102,000
  • McAuley JH, Costa L, Costa L, Maher C. The University of Sydney International Project Development Fund (IPDF) 2009. $20,000
  • McAuley JH. Faculty of Medicine Early Career/New Staff Award 2008. $60,000
  • McAuley JH, Maher CG, Refshauge KM. Cumberland Research Grant 2007. $17,000

My Awards

2018 SoMS Researcher of the Year award

2020 Inducted into the SoMS Century Club


My Research Activities

James leads a multidisciplinary translational research program of 30 researchers focused on improving the management of chronic pain.

https://www.neura.edu.au/staff/dr-james-mcauley/

https://www.neura.edu.au/research-centre/impact-pain-research/


My Research Supervision


Supervision keywords


Areas of supervision

My research is focused on low back pain, a major global health problem and the leading cause of disability worldwide. The burden of low back pain is rising more rapidly than for any other health condition. In Australia costs management and work loss are projected to increase by 60% over the next 10yrs.

My research program is focused on developing and testing new approaches to manage low back pain. These approaches are informed by findings from neuroscience research and clinical research on psychological and physical activity contributions chronic pain. My vision for my research program is to develop, test and implement in clinical practice new effective treatment approaches to reduce the burden of low back pain

 

Pentagon: 1. Basic science researchChevron: 2. Intervention development and pilot testingChevron: 3. Randomised controlled trials Chevron: 4. Implementation


Currently supervising

Matt Bagg (2016 –) RTP and Deans award for top ranked application.

Aidan Cashin (2017 –) POWCS scholarship.

Edel O’Hagan (2017 –) RTP scholarship. 

Rodrigo Rizzo (2019 –) International TFP scholarship.

Michael Wewege (2019 –) UPA scholarship, NHMRC postgraduate scholarship, SoMS Top-Up scholarship

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