Ian Andrew James is Challenging Behaviour Trust Lead for Older People and Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Trust. Having graduated in Psychology from the University of Aberdeen, he undertook a PhD in cognitive psychology at Lancaster University. After completing his clinical training at Newcastle University, he spent four years at Newcastle Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies Centre, undertaking work on therapeutic competence. He has published extensively in the field of mental health, training and clinical supervision, and is a regular speaker at national and international conferences. He is an honorary professor at Bradford University, and now focuses on applying therapy to people with dementia.