Professor Najman is Director of the Queensland Alcohol and Drug Research and Education Centre (QADREC) in the School of Population Health and Professor of Sociology in the School of Social Science at The University of Queensland. He has been elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia and identified by the Australian Sociological Association as one of the 25 most influential sociologists in the history of the discipline in Australia. He has taught extensively in the areas of social research methodology, health inequalities and social factors influencing health and illness. He has been a member of the NHMRC Illicit Drugs Strategy Research Committee and the NHMRC Prevention Working Group. Professor Najman has served on numerous NHMRC Project Grant interviewing committees. Professor Najman has co-authored ten monographs and over 350 research papers. His research has received over 5000 citations in social science/science citation abstracts. He has received numerous research grants from NHMRC, ARC, CRC and other funding agencies. In total he has received some 80 research grants totalling some $20 million. His major research commitment has been a large scale pre-birth cohort study which recruited over 8000 pregnant women over the period 1981 – 1983. These women and their children have been repeatedly surveyed over a 30 year period. He was the Chair of the Local Organising Committee for the XV World Congress of Sociology (3000 delegates). He is a reviewer for a number of national and international journals. He is an assistant editor of the international journal Addiction.
Najman, J. M. (2003). Health and illness. In I.McAllister, S. Dowrick and R. Hassan (Ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Social Sciences in Australia536 ed. (pp. 536-553) UK: Cambridge: Cambridge Univ Press.
Najman, J. M. (2007). The Impact of Impaired Child and Adolescent Mental Health on Young Adults. In: Proceedings of the World Psychiatry Association International Congress, Working Together for Mental health: Partnerships for Policy and Practice. World Psychiatry Association International Congress, Working Together for Mental health: Partnerships for Policy and Practice, Melbourne, Australia, (). November 28 - December 2 2007.