Jim Elliott completed his PhD at the University of Queensland, Australia (UQ) in 2007 and held a post-doctoral fellowship (2010) at UQ's CCRE-Spine. The primary focus of his interdisciplinary laboratory is to quantify altered spinal cord anatomy and whole-body skeletal muscle degeneration as potential markers of recovery following spinal trauma. His work has resulted in external recognition as a global expert in neck pain (broadly) and whiplash injuries (more specifically).
He is currently a Professor of Allied Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney and the Northern Sydney Local Health District. Prior to this, Jim was a tenure-track Associate Professor in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, USA, where he remains an adjunct Professor.
He currently serves as an Advisory Board Member for the journal, Spine and is a Board of Director for the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. Jim was the recipient of the 2011 Eugene Michels New Investigator Award from the American Physical Therapy Association, the 2015 Faculty Award for Engagement from Northwestern's Graduate School, and the 2017 Ver Steeg Faculty Award for Excellence in work with graduate students.