James is a queer Ngarrindjeri man with an interest in improving the mental health of LGBTQAI+ and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. Currently, he is a PhD student under the supervision of Associate Professor Ashleigh Lin and Dr Yael Perry in the Youth Mental Health Team, and Associate Professor Jeneva Ohan at the University of Western Australia.
James’ PhD is exploring how trans and gender diverse young people experience stigma, which describes the variety of negative attitudes and actions directed at trans and gender diverse people. Through his research he aims to identify the risk stigma poses to mental health and day-to-day life in trans and gender diverse young people.
James views lived experience as a valuable source of knowledge for research, and has a strong interest in using his work to elevate the voices of LGBTQAI+ and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people into the scientific community.