Oliver James trained and practised as a child clinical psychologist and, since 1987, has worked as a writer, journalist and television documentary producer and presenter.
James followed a degree in Social Anthropology at Cambridge University with a Psychology degree and Child Clinical Psychology training at Nottingham University. He worked as a Research Fellow at Brunel University before joining the staff of the Cassel Hospital in Richmond as a clinical psychologist. He published several academic papers about the organization of therapeutic communities and has been a columnist for The Telegraph, The Independent, and, more recently, for the Observer.
His books include Juvenile Violence in a Winner-Loser Culture and the best-selling Britain on the Couch which was also a successful documentary series for Channel 4. He is a trustee of two children's charities: the National Family and Parenting Institute and Homestart.