Dr. Nekeshia Hammond
Founder and CEO
Hammond Psychology & Associates, P.A.
BIO of a Narrative Changer: Dr. Nekeshia Hammond is a licensed psychologist and owner of Hammond Psychology & Associates, P.A. Her current focus is completing psychological evaluations (Gifted, learning disorders, ADHD, depression, anxiety, etc.). She is heavily involved in community endeavors with a motto of “give back” in addition to her private practice work. Dr. Hammond has also been a contributor for WFLA News Channel 8 and a contributing writer for Tampa Bay Parenting magazine. In 2015, Dr. Hammond received the Early Career Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association. She was also a recipient for the 2015 Up and Comers Award from the Tampa Bay Business Journal for the Under 40 years old category. Dr. Hammond is honored to consult with the media to increase public education about mental health issues, and she has been featured in Life Improvement Radio, CBS Boston, Essence, WFLA News Channel 8, Tampa Bay Times, Deseret News, Tampa Bay Parenting, AM 1150 WTMP, Ebony, 105.5 WDUV, News 4 San Antonio, and more.In the community, Dr. Hammond has been actively involved with the Florida Psychological Association, where she is a key psychologist at the state and federal levels, advocating for patients of mental health and mental health professionals. Dr. Hammond serves as the 2016 President-Elect of the Florida Psychological Association. She also serves as the 2016 Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Ryan Nece Foundation, where the mission is “be a beacon to teens by empowering them to impact giving in their communities”.
Her motto is: "Everyone should give back to their community in whatever way they can, whether it be your time, skills, connections, and/or financial contributions. In giving back, you have a voice and an opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of others."
Q. How is your work changing the narrative? I feel fortunate to work on improving the lives of others, whether it be speaking at an event, volunteering at an outreach activity in the community, serving on boards, or consulting with the media. Public education and mental health treatment are two areas of my work that I feel is "changing the narrative" in that children, teen, families, and adults learn opportunities to change the path of their lives. While it may be challenging, decreasing the stigma surrounding mental health is of utmost importance for our community.