ARIC SIGMAN |
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Dr Sigman, an American, lectures on PSHE health education at schools and to parents as well as at medical schools, including UCL and to NHS doctors on:
Preventing Mental Health Problems in Children
Alcohol: unrecognised effects/preventing problems
Managing Screen Time / Preventing Screen Dependency
Body Image and the Pressures of Physical Appearance
Parenting the Demanding Generation
'Soft' Drugs? Cannabis, Vaping, Ecstasy: mental health, addiction & school grades
Lessons Learned from Lockdown: how to cope better emotionally, physically, academically during more restrictive times
Leaving home.....and beyond
Addictions: Understanding and preventing (drugs, nicotine, alcohol, screen, gaming, gambling)
Sex and relationships ... for Boys
Understanding Boys, Sex and Relationships
Movement, the next step
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Dr Sigman has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Psychology, a Master of Science degree in The Neurophysiological Basis of Behaviour, and a Ph.D. in the field of the role of attention in autonomic nervous system self-regulation. He is a Chartered Biologist, Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Chartered Scientist awarded by the Science Council, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and a Member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood serving as a contributing author to three recvent Parliamentary Group reports on mental health in childhood. He has also worked on teenage health education campaigns with the Department of Health. He is a peer reviewer for the medical journals Acta Paediatrica, Preventive Medicine, the Nature research journal Pediatric Research and the author of five books on PSHE-related topics including Getting Physical which won The Times Educational Supplement's Information Book Award.
Dr Sigman has twice been invited to address the European Parliament Working Group on the Quality of Childhood in the European Union, in Brussels, once on the impact of electronic media and screen dependency, and again on reducing alcohol misuse among children and adolescents. The EU Working Group subsequently published his reports on both of these subjects.
Dr Sigman was recently invited to write an article for The BMJ (British Medical Journal) 'Covid-19 and alcohol: parental drinking influences the next generation' and has another medical paper published in the science journal Nature: Pediatric Research, the official publication of the American Pediatric Society and the European Society for Paediatric Research. The International Child Neurology Association scientific committee invited him to address the recent International Congress of Child Neurology on 'Risks to children's brain development today: screen dependency disorders'. His previous paper 'Screen Dependency Disorders: a new challenge for child neurology', is a detailed expansion upon that lecture, published in the Journal of the International Child Neurology Association.
Dr Sigman travels abroad frequently to observe various cultures, often volunteer teaching. Countries include North Korea, Turkmenistan, Republic of Congo, Bhutan, Mali, Borneo, Tonga, Myanmar (Burma), Irian Jaya (West Papua), Laos, Iran, Vietnam, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Far Eastern Siberia, Sumatra, South Korea, Cambodia, Chile, Philippines, Jordan, Mongolia, Japan, China, Uganda and India.
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