Professor Brett Kahr
Occupation: Media Psychologist and Broadcaster
Brett Kahr is one of Great Britain’s most distinguished mental health professionals, as well as a very experienced media psychologist. Additionally, he works as a composer and performer in the musical theatre.
Radio and Television:
As a media psychologist, Brett Kahr has served as the Chair of the Professional and Public Relations Committee of The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, and more recently as a Special Media Adviser to The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. He has appeared on many television programmes since 1985, and he pioneered the gold-standard format for interviewing and after-care for the first four series of “Big Brother”. Most recently, he has become the Resident Psychotherapist for B.B.C. Radio 2, and for their new year-long campaign “Life 2 Live”, which launched on 23rd July, 2004.
Radio and Television Appearances:
He appears regularly on television and radio. He served as presenter of the American television programme “Fifty Minutes”, the first psychology news programme, interviewing eminent mental health specialists about their work. In Great Britain, he has appeared on many television programmes including“G.M.T.V.”, “Esther”, “Breakfast” for B.B.C. 1, “Trisha”, “Health Check”, “I.T.N.” and “Channel Four News”.
His numerous radio appearances have included “Sunday with Gyles Brandreth”(resident psychotherapist), “Today” programme”, “Woman’s Hour”, “You and Yours” and “Newsbeat” .
Brett Kahr served as an on-screen commentator for I.T.N. for the funeral of Princess Diana. He also featured in the Channel 4 documentary on “Hitler’s Women” for Channel 4 Television. More recently, he has appeared in Channel 4’s “I Am the World’s Greatest Kisser”, and in the investigative “The Square Planet” for the Discovery Channel, as well as having been the co-presenter on U.K. Gold and the BBC’s “Battle of the Monstrous Bosses”. He has also contributed to the “The Body of Marilyn Monroe”, a BBC and Discovery Channel co-production.
In February 2005, Five will broadcast his solo-presented special on Sexual Fantasy, “Who’s Been Sleeping in My Head?”, the largest survey of sexual fantasies undertaken in social science research.
He regularly consults to television companies about psychological matters. He served as the Consultant Psychotherapist for the B.A.F.T.A. Award-winning “Big Brother” for four series, as well as being the on-call psychotherapist on “Celebrity Big Brother” in 2001 and 2002. As Consultant Psychotherapist to “Big Brother”, Brett Kahr supervised the selection process, undertook the psychological evaluations of the short-listed contestants and arranged for counselling and de-briefing for all the participants in the “Big Brother” house, co-ordinating a team of mental health colleagues for this purpose.
He has served as Consultant Psychotherapist to the BBC’s “Fame Academy”, ITV’s “Mr Right”, BBC 1’s reality drama “The Murder Game”, BBC’s daytime drama series “Doctors”, Channel 4’s “Perfect Match”, “Shattered”, “Fit Farm”, “Operatunity”, “Back to School” and “Wife Swap”, Sky One’s “Million Pound Hoax” and “The Big Fantasy”, and many other television projects.
In 2005, he will serve as Consultant Psychotherapist to the BBC project “Home Movie”.
Brett also advises and consults with P.R. companies, offering a psychological perspective on their products, and on the demographic audience which would be interested in these products. He offers quotations for press releases, devises questionnaires and analyses the data to discuss the utility of the product and the desirability of the product. Public Relations companies for whom Brett has consulted:
1) Cohn and Wolfe
2) Freud Communications
3) Harrison Cowley
4) Colman Getty
5) Rain Communications
Products for which he has done publicity statements, radio interviews, campaign spokespersonship, data analysis, and consultation with regard to:
1) Slim Fast
2) Orange Talkshare
6) Sky Television
9) Pizza Hut
10) Kingdom of Leather
11) Bedtime Reading Week.
Television & Radio, Corporate - Joscelyn Henton