After completing his Bachelors degree in Psychology at the University of Hull in 2007, James spent two years as a charity worker in his native England before leaving to travel the world. Ending up eventually in Quebec, he worked as Clinical Office Manager at a therapy and intervention centre for children with developmental delays in Montreal until August 2010. Currently pursuing immigration proceedings, he is volunteering with the MYST to gain research experience and plans to apply for graduate studies in the near future.

As an undergraduate, James studied face processing in individuals across the autistic spectrum; this, along with his work experience has continued to foster his interest in conducting research on individuals with developmental delays, learning disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders in particular. While working in the field, he gained an interest in evaluating and developing a multi-disciplinary approach to therapy and intervention, he is looking forward to finding opportunities to combine these areas of study.