Philip James trained as a psychiatric nurse in Dublin 1999 and was appointed as the first Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adolescent Substance Misuse in 2006. Since then he has worked adolescent substance use full-time. He completed a Masters Degree in 2005 and is a qualified Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapist and an accredited member of the Association of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy in the UK and The Institute for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Ireland.
In addition to his clinical work he has been involved in a number of research projects and publications as well as teaching on a variety of courses up to Masters level. He is a reviewer for 3 international academic journals and on the International Advisory Committee of the journal Mental Health & Substance Use. Philip has authored or co-authored over 10 peer reviewed papers and 2 book chapters. He is co-author of the book Adolescent and Substance Use: the handbook for professionals working with young people, published by Radcliffe in November 2013.