James Neill

Assistant Professor

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Adventure therapy, outdoor education, psychometrics, motivation, emotion


Research output per year

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Personal profile


James is an educational psychologist, with expertise and interest in outdoor education, adventure therapy, green exercise, as well as in experiential education, online education, open education, psychology of social networking, and program evaluation. James’ PhD examined the effects of Outward Bound programs on life effectiveness skills. James’ current research is on the effects of adventure therapy programs on life skills, mental health, and adjustment to health and medical conditions.

Research interests

  • Positive psychology
  • Motivation
  • Emotion
  • Outdoor education
  • Adventure therapy
  • Green exercise
  • Experiential education
  • Social networking
  • Program evaluation
  • Survey design
  • Psychometrics

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Western Sydney University

Award Date: 31 Dec 2008

Bachelor, Australian National University

Award Date: 31 Dec 1992

Bachelor, University of Western Australia

Award Date: 31 Dec 1992

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Research Output

  • 19 Article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Review article

I'm just trolling: The role of normative beliefs in aggressive behaviour in online gaming

Hilvert-Bruce, Z. & Neill, J. T., Jan 2020, In : Computers in Human Behavior. 102, p. 303-311 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Social motivations of live-streaming viewer engagement on Twitch

    Hilvert-Bruce, Z., Neill, J. T., Sjöblom, M. & Hamari, J., 1 Jul 2018, In : Computers in Human Behavior. 84, p. 58-67 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 37 Citations (Scopus)

    The effect of basic psychological needs and exposure to idealised Facebook images on university students' body satisfaction

    Brichacek, A. L., Neill, J. T. & Murray, K., 2018, In : Cyberpsychology. 12, 3, p. 1-12 12 p., 2.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    3 Citations (Scopus)
    6 Downloads (Pure)

    Coping strategies and the development of psychological resilience

    Booth, J. & Neill, J. T., 1 Apr 2017, In : Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education. 20, 1, p. 47-54 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    Open Access
  • 11 Citations (Scopus)
    180 Downloads (Pure)