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Dr James Newham completed his PhD at the University of Manchester (2012), which examined interventions to reduce anaxiety in pregnancy. Prior to this he had completed his MPhil Neuroscience at the Newcastle University, which examined the effects of psychotropic medication in pregnancy. From developing an interest in maternal and child health he had a joint appointment at King’s College London as both Lecturer in Child Public Health and as Trial Coordinator.

Since joining Northumbria University in December 2019 as a Senior Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow, he has leading the design and implementation of the £2m Office for Students-funded Mental Health Analytics project at Northumbria university and two partner sites (University of East Anglia, Buckinghamshire New University).  

Research interests

My research interests centre on mental health determinants and behaviour change interventions in families, infants, young people, and vulnerable groups; with the central theme being preventative public health solutions for poor mental health. More recently my research has focused on areas of digital innovation and implementation science.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Medicine, PhD, University of Manchester

Award Date: 31 Aug 2012

Neurosciences, MPhil, Newcastle University

Psychology, BSc (Hons), Newcastle University


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