2008, Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology
Florida School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University
Owner and CEO at Hammond Psychology & Associates, P.A.
“If you are interested in private practice, be sure to do
your homework and gather the business knowledge and resources necessary to have
a successful practice.”
Specializes in Psychological Evaluations for Children and Teens; Advises Media on Bullying
Dr. Nekeshia Hammond is a speaker, author, and the owner/chief
executive officer of her own company, Hammond Psychology & Associates, P.A.
“At the practice, my specialty area is psychological evaluations for children
and teens,” she said. “In the community, I consult with the media regularly on
topics related to bullying, children's mental health, learning disabilities and
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.” She opened her practice in 2009, one
year after earning a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from the
Florida School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University.
Hammond chose Argosy University because of the school’s small size and
professional setting. “I got to know my [instructors] and other students in the
class,” she said. “I also had heard wonderful things about how prepared I would
be for the workforce [after graduation].”
Hammond is a believer in the strength of the school’s clinical skills training program. “I
owe my psychological testing expertise to the outstanding [instructors] that
taught me the skills I use today,” Hammond stated.
“Additionally, Argosy University allowed me the opportunity
to be a teaching assistant, learning skills of working with students and teaching—which
I utilize today working in the practice with our students. [I also gained] an
incredible work ethic,” she said.
Hammond believes that earning a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology provided
the foundation needed to make a difference in her clients’ lives. “I was very
motivated by the Argosy University faculty and staff when I attended,” she
said. “I found the faculty and staff to be really supportive and encouraging of
my endeavors.” Hammond stated that the biggest challenge she faced while in
school was balancing her jobs, practica and academic work load. But these
challenges taught her valuable time management skills that she utilizes in her
She recommends that current students research an area of interest and gather
the resources to achieve goals. “If you are interested in private practice, be
sure to do your homework and gather the business knowledge and resources
necessary to have a successful practice,” she said. “Get involved with state
and national associations related to your career interest and network with
others. It's never too early to start gathering information for your future.”
Her accomplishments include publishing "The Practical
Guide to Raising Emotionally Healthy Children" (2016) and earning the
following awards: “What a Woman” from the Florida Psychological Association
(2014), “Up and Comers” from the Tampa Bay Business Journal (2015), “Early
Career Achievement” from the American Psychological Association (2015) and the
“I AM L.E.E.” award (2017). Hammond is the 2017 president of the Florida
Psychological Association and serves on the board of directors for the Ryan Nece
Foundation. Her practice supports Joshua House and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
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