Dr Simon P Hammond joined the Norwich Medical School in November 2013 as Programme Manager and Research Fellow in Qualitative Methods on the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded “PERFECTED” research programme. He holds a BA (Hons) in Psychology and Sport Studies (University of Northampton, 2004), an MSc in Psychology (Nottingham Trent University, 2006) and a PhD in Social Psychology (University of East Anglia, 2012). In his research Simon works collaboratively with vulnerable populations using a range of traditional and innovative qualitative methods to research patients' and professionals' experience of health care, life narratives and the applications of life story work.
As a critical social psychologist he is interested in the usefulness of discursive methods, in particular what this analytical approach offers in terms of enhancing the voices of participants across the research process but also how such analytical approaches can inform communication skills training across a variety of settings. Simon maintains a strong commitment to working in an applied, interdisciplinary and participatory fashion and is extremely passionate about the everyday impact of research. This synergy led to Simon coalescing the central practice ideas of his doctoral research under the banner umbrella term ‘Digital Life Story Work’, recently publishing a well-received book under this title.