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, Heriot-Watt University

  • Master of Science, University of Hull

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Hull

  • Bachelor of Science, University of Sheffield

Professional Qualifications

  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society,

  • Chartered Psychologist,

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy,

  • Higher Education Postgraduate Teaching Certificate, HEPTCE

  • Senior 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 He holds a Senior Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy - now Advance HE (SFHEA).

James is a member of the British Tinnitus Association and has presented to speak by a number of tinnitus self-help groups across the country (Cambridge to Glasgow and elsewhere), as well as NHS Trusts, professional bodies, private cmpanies and relevant charities.

His research interests include how people cope with their tinnitus, the interaction between tinnitus, indvidual differences (e.g. personality) and physiology (i.e. stress homones). He is also intrested in such topics as 2d:4d digit ratio, 'Mental Toughness', and how personality and environment can affect pain tolerance - specifically though use of the Cold Pressor Task.

During his prostgraduate years, James was an editor for the Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group (psyPAG) Quarterly Journal, and he is currently a reviewer for Frontiers in Psychology, the International Journal of Audiology, and Trends in Hearing. He is the Honorary Treasurer for the Psychobiology Section of the British Psychology Society After lecturing at the University of Hull for two years, James joined Leeds Trinity University in February 2008.

Teaching and Administration

Current Teaching

Level Four: psy4012 - Psychological Research Methods 1

Level Five: psy5012 – Psychological Research Methods 2

Level Five: psy5032 - Gender and Emotion

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

Level Seven: psy7055 Hormones and Behaviour (co-ordinator)

Level Seven: psy7073 Psychological Research methods (co-ordinator)

Level Seven: PSY7086: MSc Thesis (journal format) (co-ordinator)


James is Programme Lead and Admissions Tutor for the LTU MSc Psychology (Conversion) programme.

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