James Neill

Assistant Professor

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Adventure therapy, outdoor education, psychometrics, motivation, emotion


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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

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

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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