Deborah’s work centres on relational practices. Her main interests lie in early intervention and prevention and in finding ways to expand space for the perspective of the other. Her research and knowledge exchange projects were funded by the Economic Social Research Council, Technology Strategy Board and National Institute of Health Research and have explored relationship-based interventions and their impact within families, in schools, and in health and social care settings. Her most recent project has developed a new relationship-based supervision practice for workers at the Grenfell Support Service. She is heading up the development of Educational Psychology in the Faculty of Education at Manchester Met.
Teaching is about opening space for curiosity.
My vision is to provide students with an experience of education that parallels my belief in the function and outcome of good education: it is emancipatory, leading to unique expressions of creativity and a drive - a life-long desire to understand the self, the other and society more fully leading to a broader range of possibilities and more finely developed understanding of how to reach those possibilities.
"'I am' must precede 'I do', otherwise, 'I do' has no meaning." (Winnicott, 1971)
I led the devleopment of our new undergraduate BSc programme in Educational Psychology
I have taught at post-graduate levels for students on vocational health, social work and education degrees and for students on post-qualification programmes and across faculties (health, education and applied sciences). Most recently, I led the parenting pathway on the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme at Northumbria University. I enjoy learning through research dissertation supervision with post-graduate students. Several supervisions have led to joint publications in peer review conferences and peer reviewed journals.
I am currently developing taught post-graduate courses for the expansion of our Educational Psychology programme area at Manchester Met. My ambition is to create courses that will widen participation into psychologically based careers leading to more people from diverse backgrounds and multi-cultural communities in the workforce.
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BSc in Clinical Language Sciences at Leeds Met University (2006 – 2010)
My academic career was born out of my interest in the relationships between language and literacy. I have a particular interest working with children and families who have complex circumstances for development. I've used experimental approaches based on psycholinguistic theory and interventions baesd on social-psychological theory with children and families and workforces.
More recently my reserach has developed through relationships in the public sector (health, local authorities, education). I use a range of tools to develop meaning with partners, including quantitative, qualitative and creative methods.
The Co-op Academies Trust
Salford Local Authority
GMCA School Readiness Board
D. James Working Relationally for Speech, Language and Communication Development. Taylor Francis (Routledge).
D. James (2017). Supporting the parent infant relationship using video interaction guidance. NCT: Perspective. 34,
A. Hall, T. Finch, N. Kolehmainen, D. James (2016). Implementing a video-based intervention to empower staff members in an autism care organization: a qualitative study. BMC Health Services Research. 16,
DM. James, A. Hall, C. Lombardo, W. McGovern (2016). A Video Feedback Intervention for Workforce Development: Exploring Staff Perspective Using Longitudinal Qualitative Methodology. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. 29(2), pp.111-123.
DM. James, A. Pilnick, A. Hall, L. Collins (2016). Participants' use of enacted scenes in research interviews: A method for reflexive analysis in health and social care. Social Science & Medicine. 151, pp.38-45.
J. Bain, D. James, M. Harrison (2015). Supporting communication development in the early years: A practitioner’s perspective. Child Language Teaching and Therapy. 31(3), pp.325-336.
C. Lam-Cassettari, MB. Wadnerkar-Kamble, DM. James (2015). Enhancing Parent-Child Communication and Parental Self-Esteem With a Video-Feedback Intervention: Outcomes With Prelingual Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. 20(3), pp.266-274.
DM. James, A. Hall, J. Phillipson, G. McCrossan, C. Falck (2013). Creating a person-centred culture within the North East Autism Society: preliminary findings. British Journal of Learning Disabilities. 41(4), pp.296-303.
A. Pilnick, D. James (2013). “I'm thrilled that you see that”: Guiding parents to see success in interactions with children with deafness and autistic spectrum disorder. Social Science & Medicine. 99, pp.89-101.
DM. James, MB. Wadnerkar-Kamble, C. Lam-Cassettari (2013). Video feedback intervention: a case series in the context of childhood hearing impairment. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders. 48(6), pp.666-678.
L. Collins, D. James (2013). Discussing concepts of change through video interaction guidance. Applied Linguistics. 8(2), pp.207-227.
DM. James, LC. Collins, E. Samoylova (2012). A Moment of Transformative Learning. Journal of Transformative Education. 10(4), pp.236-256.
DM. James, MB. Wadnerkar, C. Lam-Cassettari, S. Kang, AL. Telling (2012). Thin Slice Sampling of Video Footage for Mother/Child Interaction: Application to Single Cases. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment. 34(3), pp.351-360.
D. James, H. Weich Preparing a supervision model for the aftermath of Grenfell: an auto-ethnographic inquiry of relationship-based supervision. Journal of Social Work Practice. pp.1-14.
MB. Wadnerkar, T. Pirinen, R. Haines-Bazrafshan, J. Rodgers, D. James (2012). A single case study of a family-centred intervention with a young girl with cerebral palsy who is a multimodal communicator. Child: Care, Health and Development. 38(1), pp.87-97.
DM. James (2011). The applicability of normalisation process theory to speech and language therapy: a review of qualitative research on a speech and language intervention. Implementation Science. 6(1),
D. JAMES, K. RAJPUT, J. BRINTON, U. GOSWAMI (2009). Orthographic influences, vocabulary development, and phonological awareness in deaf children who use cochlear implants. Applied Psycholinguistics. 30(4), pp.659-684.
L. Philips, D. James (2008). using embedded ords to kick-start phonological awareness in a 7-year-old with persistent phonological difficulties. Educational and Child Psychology. 25(3), pp.165-176.
D. James, K. Rajput, J. Brinton, U. Goswami Phonological Awareness, Vocabulary, and Word Reading in Children Who Use Cochlear Implants: Does Age of Implantation Explain Individual Variability in Performance Outcomes and Growth?. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. 13(1), pp.117-137.
DM. James, V. Stojanovik (2007). Communication skills in blind children: a preliminary investigation. Child: Care, Health and Development. 33(1), pp.4-10.
V. Stojanovik, D. James (2006). Short‐term longitudinal study of a child with Williams syndrome. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders. 41(2), pp.213-223.
D. James, K. Rajput, T. Brown, T. Sirimanna, J. Brinton, et al. (2005). Phonological Awareness in Deaf Children Who Use Cochlear Implants. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. 48(6), pp.1511-1528.
E. Vallejos, D. James, D. Churchill (2016). Video Interactive Guidance (VIG): A reflective pedagogical tool for enhancing learning goals and compassion in the context of clinical communication skills education. In: Keeping Reflection Fress. Kent State University Press,
C. Redman, D. James (2016). Shared objectives and communication. In: Coaching, Mentoring, Supervising and Teaching Adult Learners: Theory of adult learning.
MM. Wadnerkar-Kamble, C. Lam-Cassettari, DM. James Making a Complex Family Centred Intervention–Based Research Fully Inclusive and Data Driven: An Exploratory Study Using Single Cases. In: SAGE Research Methods Cases. SAGE Publications, Ltd.,
D. James (2011). Video Interaction Guidance in the context of childhood hearing impairment: A tool for family centred practice. In: Video Interaction Guidance. A Relationship-Based Intervention to Promote Attunement, Empathy and Wellbeing. Jessica Kingsley,
M. Garman, D. James, V. Stojanovik (2005). Developmental theory and language disorders: a thematic summary. In: Language Disorders and Developmental Theory. John Benjamins Publishing,
D. James, S. Miller, J. Johnston, C. Bradford (2016). Storytelling and health visitor development. A successful outcome for Cumbria and the North East. Gateshead,
J. Gallagher, D. James (2015). Using a biographical narrative methodology to listen to women's infant feeding stories in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
J. Coull, D. James, J. Young (2015). A systematic review of the literature focusing on preschool nutrition in low socioeconomic and ethnic minorities.
D. James, G. Davison, S. Strathie, J. Young, C. Marshall (2015). Parenting nutrition intervention: Can we deliver a person-centred intervention in a public place?. In: Maternal and Child Nutrition.
James, D. Video Interactive Guidance. Scottish Sensory Centre, Edinburgh (June 2017)
James, D. Using video interactive guidance in family facing services to build relationships in families. Perinatal Mental Health: intrinsic links and integrated services. Northampton (November 2016)
James, D. Balance, chaos, control and light: exploring the concepts behind a very unbalanced, NICE recommended intervention for social and emotional wellbeing in the early years. Medical Humanities. Exeter (2016)
James, D. A Workshop in Video Interaction Guidance in Perinatal Mental Health. Infant Mental Health Awareness Conference. Newcastle City Council. Northumbria University, Newcastle (2016)
James, D, & Miller, S. Exploring Authorities for Practice: The New Professional. Netherlands Youth Institute. National Conference. Amsterdam (2015)
James, D. Invited Workshop: Making good use of the evidence base to improve confidence in parents. Carlisle annual research conference. Cumbria (2014)
James, D. Invited Workshop Leader: Workforce Development to Support the Transformation of Health Visiting During Transition of Commissioning. North of England Health Visiting Celebrate, Share and Learn Event. Leeds (2014)
James, D. Invited Workshop Leader: Using Video Interaction Guidance to Support Vulnerable Families. North of England Health Visiting Celebrate, Share and Learn Event. Leeds (2014)
James, D. Workshop: The use of direct speech and scene enactment by participants in research interviews: a window on the site of practice? Creative Applications of Biographical Research: Theory, Practice and Policy. European Sociological Association. Durham (2014)
James, D. Keynote Speaker: Perspective transformation using video feedback brings practical real world benefits for families. Glasgow City Council. Towards the Nurturing City. Glasgow (2013)
James, D. Invited Speaker: Creating and Measuring Change in Clinically Complex Cases. 11th European Symposium on Pediatric Cochlear Implantation. Istanbul (2013)
James, D. Invited Speaker: Using films and video feedback to develop learning in families. International workshop on visual methods. Warwick University, Business School (2012)
James, D. Invited Workshop: How to Use Video Feedback in Workforce Development in Autism Services. National Autistic Society: Learning Disability and Offenders Conference. Northumbria University (2012)
James, D. Invited Speaker: How to Use Video Feedback to Transform Your Workforce. National Autism Alliance. Brighton (2012)
James, D. Keynote Address at National Meeting of Speech and Language Therapists in Deafness/Hearing Impairment. Cardiff (2011)
James, D. Keynote Address at British Society of Audiology Pediatric Interest Group. Sheffield (2011)
James, D. Keynote Address: Maternal sensitivity and its role in early communication in children who are deaf. British Association of Paediatricians in Audiology. London (2010)
James, D. Keynote Address: Putting Parental Sensitivity at the Heart and the Start of the Child’s Communication. National Universal Hearing Screening Conference. London (2010)
James, D. Invited Speaker: Empowering Parents: An elusive concept, a clinical priority, and a social science inquiry. Deafness Research UK Sharing Science Workshop. London (2010)
James, D. Invited Speaker: Building relationships to enable the child to flourish. Ear Foundation Information Evening. Nottingham (2010)
James, D., Hal, A. & McCrossen, G. Invited Speaker: Video Interaction Guidance: a systemic intervention to create a new person-centered culture. North East Research Group. Newcastle University (2010)
James, D. Invited Speaker: Deafness and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Deaf Children with Complex Needs: A Virtual Conference, Phonak & Ear Foundation. Nottingham (2010)
James, D. Keynote Address: Health and Well being in Education. Reading and Deaf Children. Birmingham (2009)
James, D. Invited Speaker: Cochlear Implants improve reading outcomes for children: Fact or Fiction? European Symposium on Early Childhood Disorders. Vilnius, Lithuania (2009)
James, D. Cochlear implants improve reading outcomes for children: Fact or fiction? Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 51(3) 6 (2009)
James, D. Building Research Capacity. National Special Interest Group (SIG) for Speech and Language Therapists working in Cochlear Implant Centres. Bradford (2009)
James, D. Seeing Speech: Advances in Understanding Visual and Audiovisual Speech Processing. ESRC International Seminar, UCL, London (2006)
James, D. Explaining Innovation in Speech and Language Therapy. Institute of Child Health, Behaviour and Brain Sciences Unit. (2006)
James, D. Development of speech and reading in deaf children. Wandsworth Hearing Impairment Service. London (2006)
James, D. Speech and language development and links with literacy in deaf children. Speech and Language Therapists’ National SIG. London (2005)
James, D. The links between language and literacy in deaf children. National Heads of Schools & Services (Sensory). Nottingham (2004)
James, D. Phonological awareness and the development of phonological representations in deaf children. University of Oxford – Experimental Psychology Seminar. Oxford (2004)
James, D. Phonological development in deaf children who use cochlear implants. Great Ormond Street Hospital Cochlear Implant Study Day for Professionals, London (2004)
Collaboration with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and University of Manchester to build capacity for a substantial and sustained cross institutional interdisciplinary programme of research on early years education and care. (PI) Strategic Opportunity Fund (MMU) £40K (2019)
Clinical Supervision of Workforce at Grenfell Support Service. (PI) Commissioned by The Social Work Company Value £2K (2018)
Clinical Supervision of Workforce at Grenfell Support Service. (co PI) Commissioned by The Social Work Company Value £30K (2017)
Embedded Researcher at Durham County Council. Commissioned by TNS. (co-applicant) £20K (2015)
In 2015 I won the competitive tender to undertake the national evaluation of Parent Infant Partnership (PIP UK). (PI) Consultancy. £20K
In 2014 I was commissioned by NHS England to support the Health Visiting service across the North East and Cumbria in light of the transition of commissioning responsibility from NHS England to Health and Wellbeing Boards in October 2015. (PI) Value of the contract was approximately £47K
In 2013 I was invited to implement Video Interaction Guidance in Newcastle City Council Social Work in Children’s Services Directorate. (PI) Value of the contract for consultancy and contract research was £50K
In 2013 I was appointed to the strategic group and the delivery group for Children North East’s bid with Newcastle upon Tyne for Better Start Lottery Initiative (bidding for £50M transformational funds for early intervention and prevention).
Secondment to Newcastle City Council to evaluate and consult on Family-Centred Interventions. (PI) Value of the secondment was £11K (2011)
Fellow and Deputy Convenor of People with Experience Work Group CETL4Health North East (2007 - 2009)
Board Member of the National Advisory Board on Service User Involvement Skills for Health, DoH (2008 - 2009)
Designed and implemented a cross disciplinary training package for early years workers. DfES National Award for Excellence awarded by the Early Years Development Childcare Partnership. Collaborative Training Package (Co-leader). West Berkshire Education Authority. (2003)
Contributed to the team that developed the I CAN TALK video training package, funded by Tesco, 25,000 copies distributed to early years settings in the UK. (2003)
Reading Development of Deaf/deaf children at Hamilton Lodge School. Ofsted stated that research had helped improve reading levels in the school since the previous inspection. (2003)
International Centre for Life, Baby Banquet, radio interview and web-based coverage. (2013)
James, D. (2013) Exhibitor. See Successful Communication Between You and Your Child. British Science Festival. International Centre for Life, Newcastle. (2013)
BBC television interview on regional news, Midlands Today, on the results from the NIHR Child and Family Lab which I led. (2012)
BBC interview on regional news, Midlands Today, on the opening of the NIHR Child and Family Lab that I led at the BRU in Nottingham. (2010)
BBC television interview on regional news, South Today, on the use of baby signing. (2004)
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education
HCPC (Health Care Professions Council)