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James F. Donnelly

Lecturer in Psychology, Faculty of Health; private practice psychologist, Southern Cross University

Dr James Donnelly is a Lecturer and researcher in Psychology at Southern Cross University (SCU) where he teaches Psychological Assessment and Abnormal Psychology and serves as a research supervisor for a wide range of Honours and PhD research projects (e.g., assessing emotion processing, measuring the effects of concussions, measuring the effects of age and meditative practices on thinking and emotion). His training was initially in the biological sciences, neuroanatomy and pre-medical coursework, then focused on psychophysiology/ neurophysiology (University of California (UC) at Irvine, Vanderbilt Univ, UC San Francisco), and also clinical training in psychotherapy and neuropsychology with children and older adults. He moved to Australia in 2001 where he served as a clinical and neuropsychology supervisor and Lecturer at the University of New England in Armidale. He then served as the first Head of Psychology and Neuropsychology at Sydney Children's Hospital before moving to SCU in Coffs Harbour, NSW in 2009. He currently offers assessment and therapy services as a Psychologist in New South Wales, AU.


  • –present
    Lecturer of Psychology, School of Health and Human Sciences, Southern Cross University
  • 2006–2009
    Head of Psychology and Neuropsychology, Sydney Children's Hospital
  • 2001–2006
    Lecturer/Clinical and Neuropsychology Supervisor, University of New England Clinical Psychology Training Program


  • 2001 
    University of California at San Francisco/Langely Porter Psychiatric Institute, Post Graduate Fellowship in Clinical and Neuropsychology
  • 2000 
    Vanderbilt University, USA, MSc, PhD Clinical Psychology
  • 1986 
    University of California at Irvine, BSc Biological Sciences/Pre-medical