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Dr James Newham

VC Senior Fellow

Department: Psychology

Dr James Newham completed his PhD at the University of Manchester (2012), which examined interventions to reduce anaxiety in pregnancy. Prior to this he had completed his MPhil Neuroscience at the Newcastle University, which examined the effects of psychotropic medication in pregnancy. From developing an interest in maternal and child health he had a joint appointment at King’s College London as both Lecturer in Child Public Health and as Trial Coordinator.

Since joining Northumbria University in December 2019 as a Senior Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow, he has leading the design and implementation of the £2m Office for Students-funded Mental Health Analytics project at Northumbria university and two partner sites (University of East Anglia, Buckinghamshire New University).  

James Newham

My research interests centre on mental health determinants and behaviour change interventions in families, infants, young people, and vulnerable groups; with the central theme being preventative public health solutions for poor mental health. More recently my research has focused on areas of digital innovation and implementation science.

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  • The association between maternal and paternal substance use and child substance use, internalising and externalising problems: a systematic review and meta‐analysis, McGovern, R., Bogowicz, P., Meader, N., Kaner, E., Alderson, H., Craig, D., Geijer‐Simpson, E., Jackson, K., Muir, C., Salonen, D., Smart, D., Newham, J. 6 Jan 2023, In: Addiction
  • Systematic review and meta-analysis of risk of gestational diabetes in women with preconception mental disorders, Wilson, C., Newham, J., Rankin, J., Ismail, K., Simonoff, E., Reynolds, R., Stoll, N., Howard, L. 1 May 2022, In: Journal of Psychiatric Research
  • The effectiveness of psychosocial interventions at reducing the frequency of alcohol and drug use in parents: findings of a Cochrane review and meta‐analyses, McGovern, R., Newham, J., Addison, M., Hickman, M., Kaner, E. Oct 2022, In: Addiction
  • The Implementation of Whole-School Approaches to Transform Mental Health in UK Schools: A Realist Evaluation Protocol, Spencer, L., Flynn, D., Johnson, A., Maniatopoulos, G., Newham, J., Perkins, N., Wood, M., Woodley, H., Henderson, E. 2022, In: International Journal of Qualitative Methods
  • Challenges and opportunities for child health services in responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, Newham, J., Fallon, V., Darwin, Z. 15 Mar 2021, In: Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
  • Effectiveness of psychosocial interventions for reducing parental substance misuse, McGovern, R., Newham, J., Addison, M., Hickman, M., Kaner, E. 16 Mar 2021, In: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
  • The Effectiveness of Smoking Cessation, Alcohol Reduction, Diet and Physical Activity Interventions in Improving Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes: A Systematic Review of Meta-Analyses, Hayes, L., McParlin, C., Azevedo, L., Jones, D., Newham, J., Olajide, J., McCleman, L., Heslehurst, N. 23 Mar 2021, In: Nutrients
  • Brief evidence-based interventions for universal child health services: A restricted evidence assessment of the literature, Newham, J., McLean, K., Ginja, S., Hurt, L., Molloy, C., Lingam, R., Goldfeld, S. 24 Jun 2020, In: BMC Public Health
  • Bump start needed: linking guidelines, policy and practice in promoting physical activity during and beyond pregnancy, Mills, H., Atkinson, L., Olander, E., Smith, D., Hayes, L., Currie, S., Newham, J., Foster, C., De Vivo, M. 1 Jul 2020, In: British Journal of Sports Medicine
  • Encouraging physical activity during and after pregnancy in the COVID-19 era, and beyond, Atkinson, L., De Vivo, M., Hayes, L., Hesketh, K., Mills, H., Newham, J., Olander, E., Smith, D. 7 Oct 2020, In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

  • Sadaf Mehmood Student Mental Health in Socio-Physio-Digital Environment: Framework Development of an Integrated System Start Date: 01/03/2022
  • Helen Clegg How, why and in what circumstances can analytics promote thriving among Northumbria University students? Start Date: 01/01/2022
  • Heather Sutherland Student Stories: Self Reflections on Mental Health and Wellbeing Across Undergraduate University Experiences. Start Date: 01/01/2022
  • Hope Birch Mental Health Help-Seeking in Higher Education Students: A Role for Mental Health Analytics? Start Date: 01/01/2022

  • Medicine PhD August 31 2012
  • Neurosciences MPhil
  • Psychology BSc (Hons)


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