James McAuley

Keynote Speaker, Pain

Professor, University of New South Wales, NSW

    James McAuley is a psychologist and Professor at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Senior Research Scientist at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), Sydney Australia. He is the founding Director of a multidisciplinary translational research program, the Centre for Pain IMPACT (Investigating Mechanisms of Pain to Advance Clinical Translation). He leads a team of 30 researchers and postgraduate students. His research program is supported by $20.5M funding and is included in undergraduate allied health courses worldwide.

    James completed his PhD at Brunel University UK in 2004. He took his first post-doctoral position at the University of Sydney and then a senior post-doctoral position at the George Institute for Global Health. He moved to NeuRA in 2010 to establish the Pain Research, Education and Management program. In 2020 James was promoted to Professor in the School of Health Science at UNSW.

    James’ research program is focused on developing and testing new approaches to manage chronic pain. These approaches are informed by findings from his neuroscience research on cortical representations of pain and his clinical research on psychological and physical activity contributions chronic pain.