Early Psychosis and Intervention


Head: Dr. James Scott. MBBS FRANZCP Ph.D.

James is a consultant psychiatrist with the Royal Brisbane Hospital Early Psychosis Service, and Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry, the University of Queensland. He is a member of the Editorial Board for the Australian New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry and PLoS One and a member Queensland Statewide Early Psychosis Advisory Group. He is Chair of the Clinical reference group for headspace at Nundah and has previously been Chair of the Qld. Branch of the Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the AEIOU Research Advisory Group. James has extensive clinical and research experience in areas of child and adolescent mental health including aggression, self harm, developmental disorders and pharmacotherapy. His research interests in early psychosis are prevention, phenomenology and treatment options.

Research Direction

James is currently engaged in a program of research examining psychotic-like experiences in otherwise healthy individuals, mental health outcomes of bullying in adolescents, the role of cytokines in adolescent depression, the outcomes of early intervention in young children with autism and the outcomes of adolescents experiencing their first episode of psychosis.

The programs are a combination of clinical work with patient samples and epidemiological studies in collaboration with large mental health surveys and birth cohort studies.


Michael Duhig (Research Assistant)
Alexander Ryan (Research Assistant)

Current Research