James graduated with an MSW in Clinical Social Work from New York University in 1993, having completed his BA in Psychology from McGill University in 1989. He has also obtained postgraduate training from the Child Centered Play Therapy Institute of New Jersey.
Prior to joining MUSC, James worked for 15 years as a clinician and clinical supervisor for a not-for-profit agency in New York City, providing services to individuals with learning and developmental disabilities.
James specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents with learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorders. His treatment approach includes the child, their family, and the school in an effort to complete a functional assessment of the targeted behavioral needs and to develop functional skill development.
James relocated to the Charleston area and began employment at the Medical University of South Carolina Institute of Psychiatry in the fall of 2008. His specialty remains child, adolescent and family therapy.
James was one of the clinicians involved in the development of the MUSC Project Rex program, and he played an active role in the development of the curricula and the facilitation of both the clinical child and parent groups.
In July 2014, James and his Project Rex Colleagues were trained and certified in the UCLA PEERS program, an evidence-based social skills training program for children and teens with ADHD and Autism.