Professor James Scott

Honorary Professor

UQ Centre for Clinical Research
Faculty of Medicine


James leads the Child and Youth Research Group at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research and the Youth Mental Health Research Group at the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research. He also practices clinically as a Child and Youth Psychiatrist with the Metro North Mental Health Service, where he is the Director of the Early Psychosis Service. James is the recipient of a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Practitioner Fellowship (2016-2020), awarded for his research into prevention and intervention strategies to improve the mental health of adolescents.

James has established a programme of research developing preventative strategies and cost-effective real-world interventions for mental illness in children and youth. His research incorporates studies in epidemiology, clinical trials, bullying and psychiatric neuro-immunology. He is the elected chair of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Section for Youth Mental Health and an editor of the Journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. In 2018, he was awarded the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ Senior Research Award, conferred on the “Fellow who has made the most significant contribution to psychiatric research in Australia and New Zealand over the preceding five years”.


  • Najman, Jackob. M., Middeldorp, Christel, Williams, Gail M., Scott, James G., McGee, Tara, Bor, William, Clavarino, Alexandra M and Mamun, Abdullah (2020). Illicit drug use by mothers and their daughters in Australia: a comparison of two generations. Addictive Behaviors, 106106321, doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2020.106321

  • Chanen, Andrew, Yung, Alison, Killackey, Eoin, Hickie, Ian, Coghill, David, Scott, James G., Scott, Elizabeth, Denborough, Paul, Dixon, Lisa, Fisher, Leeanne, Kane, John, Malla, Ashok, Nordentoft, Merete, Pellen, Daniel, Radovini, Alessandra and McGorry, Patrick (2020). The value of early intervention in creating the new mental health system: response to Allison et al. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry doi:10.1177/0004867420925169

  • Cobham, Vanessa E., Hickling, Anna, Kimball, Hayley, Thomas, Hannah J., Scott, James G. and Middeldorp, Christel M. (2020). Systematic review: anxiety in children and adolescents with chronic medical conditions. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 59 (5) 595-618. doi:10.1016/j.jaac.2019.10.010

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Book Chapter

  • Scott, James G., Mihalopoulos, Cathrine, Erskine, Holly E., Roberts, Jacqueline and Rahman, Atif (2015). Childhood mental and developmental disorders. Disease control priorities: volume 4, mental, neurological, and substance use disorders. (pp. 145-162) edited by Vikram Patel, Dan Chisholm, Tarun Dua, Ramanan Laxminarayan and María Elena Medina-Mora.Washing, DC, United States: World Bank. doi:10.1596/978-1-4648-0426-7

  • Ash, David, Bland, Robert, Brown, Peggy, Oakley Browne, Mark, Burvill, Peter, Davies, John, Grigg, Margaret, Gurr, Roger, Hughson, Bernard, Meadows, Graham, Nagel, Tricia, Rosen, Alan, Scott, James, Singh, Bruce, Smith, Geoffrey, Weir, Wendy and Emmerson, Brett (2012). Mental health services in the Australian states and territories. Mental health in Australia: collaborative community practice. (pp. 118-154) edited by .South Melboure, Vic., Australia: Oxford University Press.

  • Scott, James, Nurcombe, Barry and Jessop, Mary (2011). Hallucinations. Encyclopedia of adolescence. (pp. 1246-1252) edited by Roger J. R. Levesque.New York, United States: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-32132-5_374-2

  • Nurcombe, Barry, Scott, James and Jessop, Mary (2008). Dissociative hallucinosis. Dissociation and the dissociative disorders: DSM-V and beyond. (pp. 547-556) edited by Paul F. Dell and John A. O'Neil.New York, NY, United States: Routldege.

  • Nurcombe, Barry, Scott, James G. and Jessop, Mary E. (2008). Trauma-based dissociative hallucinosis: Diagnosis and treatment. Psychosis, trauma and dissociation: Emerging perspectives on severe psychopathology. (pp. 271-280) edited by Andrew Moskowitz, Ingo Schäfer and Martin J. Dorahy.Hoboken, NJ, United States: Wiley-Blackwell. doi:10.1002/9780470699652.ch19

  • McClean, Duncan, Scott, James and McGrath, John (2003). Families where a parent has schizophrenia: Opportunities for prevention. Preventive strategies for schizophrenic disorders: Basic principles, opportunities and limits. (pp. 210-224) edited by .Rome, Italy: Giovanni Fiorti Editore.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision