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A family therapist by training, James is the past director of clinical training of Clark University's clinical psychology program. His career work has been devoted to expanding, researching and providing innovative new ideas and directions in the study of co-parenting in diverse family systems. His research studies of coparenting have been funded since 1996 by the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Child Health and Development and the Brady Education Foundation.
In 2004, James was recognized as the World Association for Infant Mental Health's “Decade of Behavior” lecturer. James received the Irving B. Harris Award for his 2007 book Charting the Bumpy Road of Coparenthood. His 2011 book Coparenting: A Conceptual and Clinical Examination of Family Systems (with Kristen Lindahl) is the field's first comprehensive look at research on co-parenting in diverse family systems.
James serves as principal investigator for "Figuring It Out for the Child", a Brady Foundation-sponsored project examining the capacities of expectant unmarried African-American parents, especially those who are not co-residential and "on-again, off-again", to construct functional co-parental alliances following intensive prenatal intervention.
Coparenting: A Conceptual and Clinical Examination of Family Systems (2011)
Charting the Bumpy Road of Coparenthood (2007)