Aric Sigman is a psychologist who has made many appearances in the media. He is most well-known in his adopted country of the UK. He has a degree in psychology and a PhD. Sigman was born in the US into a Jewish family. His father and grandfather were both professors of medicine. He has lived in the UK since 1973.
He has made many appearances on television. For instance, he appeared in 1994 in the role of an Agony Uncle giving advice to children on the Saturday Morning children’s programme Live & Kicking. He is quite involved in the field of health education. He lectures in schools on the subject of PSHE (Personal, social health and economic) education.
He has published medical journal articles and has authored books too. These have centred on subjects such as alcoholism, eating disorders, parental corporal punishment, and the influence on children of hours spent in front of an electronic screen such as a television or computer. He is a frequent traveller, hoping to learn about different cultures, and often volunteer teaches on his travels.
Sigman works independently in health education lecturing at medical schools including UCL and to NHS doctors. He is a Chartered Biologist, Fellow of the Society of Biology, Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Chartered Scientist awarded by the Science Council and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. He is a peer reviewer for the medical journal Acta Paediatrica. Sigman’s biology paper on body image was selected as the “2012 Scientific Article” for the recent Biology A-level exam (Paper Ref: 6BI05/01). His health education book Getting Physical won The Times Educational Supplement’s Information Book Award.
Credits: Aric Sigman
Published: 10 August 2015
Last updated: 29 September 2016
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