Hammond in November 2015
|Born||Claudia Anne Hammond
Biggleswade, United Kingdom
|Occupation||Journalist and broadcaster|
Hammond grew up in Bedfordshire. She was educated at Sussex University in applied psychology, and Surrey University, where she gained a MSc in health psychology, carrying out research into doctor–patient communication in a breast cancer unit.
Hammond is the author of a book on the science of emotions entitled Emotional Rollercoaster, published in 2005. Reviews were positive, with one saying that although it contained 'rare errors' these mistakes are 'vastly outweighed by the wealth of fascinating observations', and that 'humour, sensitivity and warmth... emanate from every page'.
She published her second book, Time Warped: Unlocking the Mysteries of Time Perception, with Canongate Books in May 2012. The Financial Times calls it a fascinating and at times mind-boggling book that will change the way you think about time.
Hammond has said that she decided that she wanted to work in radio quite suddenly, although early. "I was at a children's book festival and, after I had queued up to get Roald Dahl's autograph, he asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up. I'm told I said "I want to work in radio". That was the first my parents knew about it. It was probably the first time I realised." She presents programmes about psychology on BBC Radio 4, including All in the Mind. She also presents Health Check on BBC World Service Radio.
In addition to presenting Health Check on BBC World News every Friday, Hammond has appeared on several other TV programmes (such as The One Show and BBC Breakfast) commenting on psychological topics. In the past, as reporter, she presented science and medical features for Channel 5 News.
Hammond has said she tries to "give people a better understanding of the role psychology plays. Helping people articulate and get across a seemingly technical piece of good research is central to my approach. I also like bringing different specialists together – it's amazing how often people who are hugely expert in one area of psychology know next to nothing about related work in a slightly different field."
Despite her varied portfolio, Hammond gave 'be choosy' as a piece of careers advice in one interview:
"Popular programmes are fine – "I sometimes go on Richard & Judy to talk about psychological research – but if I think a show is going to dumb it down, I say no. And sometimes what they’re looking for is a qualified therapist, and that’s not me."
Awards and nominations
|2011||British Psychological Society||Award for Public Engagement & Media||Winner|
|2011||Mind Media Awards||'Making A Difference' Award||Winner (For All in the Mind)|
|2010||The Population Institute's Global Media Awards||Best Radio Programme||Winner|
|2009||Mental Health Media Awards||Best Factual Radio Programme||Shortlisted|
|2009||PPA Magazine||Columnist of the Year||Highly Commended|
|2008||Premio Luchetta Award for International Humanitarian Journalism||Shortlisted|
|2008||Medical Journalism Awards||Shortlisted|
|2007||Association of British Science Writers||Science Writing in a Non-science Context||Shortlisted|
|2000||Mental Health Media Awards||Runner-up|
- "Hammond, Claudia". thersa.org. Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
- Florance, Ian (2009). "A Rollercoaster Ride" (PDF). The Psychologist (British Psychological Society) 22 (5).
- "Find a Programme – Health Check". BBC World Service. 1 December 2008. Retrieved 3 December 2008.
- Evans, Dylan (5 March 2005). "Fasten Your Seatbelts". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 November 2011.
- Carl Wilkinson (5 May 2012). "Mind time". Financial Times. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
- "Claudiahammond.com". Claudia Hammond. Retrieved 4 November 2011.
- Claudia Hammond homepage
- BBC World Service presenter profile (including a video).
- Emotional Rollercoaster on ISBNDb
- Review of Emotional Rollercoaster in The Independent