Keynote Speaker

Jack E. James

School of Psychology, National University of Ireland, Galway

Jack James graduated from the University of New South Wales with First Class Honours in the BSc (Applied Psychology) degree, after which he completed a Masters degree in clinical psychology at the same University. He subsequently attended the University of Western Australia, where he completed a PhD on the clinical management of chronic stuttering. He worked in clinical and community settings as a clinical psychologist before pursuing an academic career. Over time, his teaching and research activities broadened to include health psychology and behavioural medicine. In 1991, he was appointed Foundation Professor of Behavioural Health Sciences at La Trobe University, Melbourne. Subsequently, he was elected to the position of Founding National Chair of the College of Health Psychologists (a College of the Australian Psychological Society).

He moved to Ireland in 1998 to take up the position of Professor and Head of Department at NUI, Galway.  His main research interests are in the fields of cardiovascular behavioural health, and the psychophysiological correlates of stress. He has a major interest in the implications of dietary caffeine for human health and well-being (cognitive performance and mood), and also has interests in applied behaviour analysis.

Jack James’s personal webpage at NUI Galway


Jack James’s Keynote Address takes place on Friday, 6 August 2010, from 09:00 to 10:00.

Hemodynamic Profile as a Method for Characterising Blood Pressure Responses to Stress
Blood pressure reactivity has long been a focus of attention for research concerned with the biobehavioural study of stress. This talk will focus on findings from reactivity studies conducted at NUI Galway. In addition to more standard laboratory-based reactivity studies that use analogues such as time-pressured cognitive performance, less-well studied, yet common, sources of psychophysiological stress will be considered, including pharmacological challenge, drawing on aspects of our work on caffeine, and sleep loss. A main aim of the talk will be to describe hemodynamic profile as a method for characterising key determinants of blood pressure responses to stress.

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