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James Jackson

Dr James Jackson

Associate Principal Lecturer

Phone: +44 (0)113 283 7100 ext.219

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Education / Academic qualification

  • Bachelor of Science, Herriot-Watt University

  • Master of Science, The University of Hull

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Hull

  • Bachelor of Science, University of Sheffield

Professional Qualifications

  • Higher Education Postgraduate Teaching Certificate, HEPTCE

  • Chartered Psychologist,

  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society,

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy,


James is a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychology Society. Having previously undertaken a degree in Biological Sciences from Heriot-Watt University, James also holds a BSc (hons) degree in Psychology from the University of Sheffield, an MSc in Industrial Psychology from the University of Hull, and a PhD (Psychology) from the University of Hull. His doctorate considered the effects of tinnitus on concentration and task performance.

James is a member of the British Tinnitus Association. James has previously been invited to speak by a number of tinnitus self-help groups across the north of England. He has also spoken at a number of other tinnitus-related events run by the BTA. These include: ‘Considering starting a tinnitus support group?’ (Leeds, 2013), and a number of Tinnitus Information Days under the title 'All about tinnitus' across the North of England as organised by the British Tinnitus Association.

James is regularly invited to speak at tinnitus self-help groups across the north of England.

His research interests include how people cope with their tinnitus, how tinnitus affects individual sufferers, and the individual differences that affect appraisal of the tinnitus sensation. He is also interested in the concept of 'Mental Toughness', and how personality and environment can affect pain tolerance - specifically though use of the Cold Pressor Task.

Previously, James was an editor of the Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group (psyPAG) Quarterly Journal and he is currently a reviewer for the International Journal of Audiology. After lecturing at the University of Hull for two years, James joined Leeds Trinity University in February 2008.


Teaching and Administration

Teaching Roles

Level Four: psy4262 – Introduction to Cognitive and Biological Psychology (Module co-ordinator)

Level Five: psy5042 – Biological and Social Psychology (Module co-ordinator)

Level Six: psy6422 – Biopsychology of Stress and Health (Module co-ordinator)

James also contributes to: psy5012 – Research Methods in Psychology 2; psy6432 – Abnormal and Clinical Psychology; and psy6114/psy6012 - Supervision of Final Year Projects. He also acts as a supervisor on psy6112 - Special Subject Essay.

Admin Roles

James is Chair of the Psychology Staff-Student Academic Committee and is the Psychology Department Research Lead.

Research interests

Research Interests

The key aspect informing my teaching and my research is the concept of individual appraisal; why do some individuals cope with a given situation while others do not? I believe in the relevance of the Biopsychosocial Model, and in the interaction between body, mind and environment. Different people - with different personalities, different backgrounds and different skills - can and do respond differently in given situations. If we can gain further understanding as to why some people cope better than others, we can begin to consider whether others can be taught or trained to cope better with a stressful situation or a challenging condition.

Willingness to take PhD. students