Jim has been continually supported by the National Science Foundation for 20 years as well as the National Institutes of Health, the Army Research Laboratory, as well as various other firms. He is also Co-Director of the Research Center for Virtual Environments and Behavior which he co-founded with Jack Loomis. He is has offered a number of National Research Council panels and served on many editorial boards.
His passions consist of studying the social effect within technically moderated atmospheres and also social neuroscience. He has established the biopsychosocial model to danger, directing study on social emotional procedures problems in online settings.