School of Psychology
Academic Staff - School of Psychology
Afentouli Panagiota holds a BSc in Psychology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and two MScs, the first in Media Psychology from Panteion University of Athens and the second in Clinical Neuroscience obtained from the Institute of Neurology, University College of London. She gained her clinical experience working with patients suffering from epilepsy and other neurodegenerative disorders at the National Hospital of London (NHNN). Since 2008, she is a scientific associate of “Hygeia” Hospital. She works in private practice with patients suffering from neurocognitive disorders and offers rehabilitation treatments. She is a member of the SEPS, while holding an active role in clinical research and a variety of scientific publications. Research interests: neurodegenerative and neurodegenerative disorders
Dr Akis Kechagias is a Senior Fellow of the British Higher Education Academy (HEA). He graduated with a first-class degree in Linguistics from the department of Philology, School of Philosophy at University of Ioannina. He completed his doctoral and master’s studies in University College London (UCL), Division of Psychology and Language Sciences with funding by the Hellenic Scholarship Foundation (IKY) and the Onassis Foundation. He has an extensive experience of teaching at various institutions across England (UCL, University of Westminster, Queen Mary—University of London, University of Hertfordshire) and he has held various external examiner roles for the British Open University and the University of Hertfordshire. For the last nine years up until September 2021—when he joined the Mediterranean College—he taught on undergraduate and postgraduate courses in English Language, Linguistics and TESOL at the University of Salford, in Manchester, UK, programmes which he intermittently led, while he also developed new multi-disciplinary undergraduate programmes such as BSc (Hons) Psychology with English Language. Research-wise, Akis works within the broad context of Theoretical and Applied linguistics. His research revolves mostly around the structural properties of natural language and grammatical theory, the relation between different linguistic subsystems (particularly the syntax-morphology interface), as well as the relation between language structure and language-external systems such as cognition and information structure. He also has a keen interest in psycholinguistics (especially in the relation between linguistic knowledge and parsing), language acquisition (especially the acquisition of syntax and discourse functions in L1 and L2) and quantitative methods in Linguistics. Akis has successfully supervised PhD students working on various projects.Since June 2022 he is the Head of the School of Education at MC Athens.
Giota Arvaniti is a clinical psychologist, graduate from Panteion University with an MA in Clinical psychology from the University of Athens. She has completed her training in Psychodrama and EMDR and is working as a therapist for the last 10 years with individual clients and groups. Her clinical experience involves working with parents, children and adults, with educators and female refugees and victims of gender-based violence. Currently, and for the last two years, she is collaborating with the Greek Network of women refugees “Melissa” as a clinical psychologist and she continues her professional and therapeutic training at the Institute of Group Analysis Foulkes.
Elena Bolonasi is an Attorney at Law (Athens Bar Association) - Criminologist, a graduate of the Law Department of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, with postgraduate studies in Forensic Psychology (Università di Novedrate) and training specialization certificate in Forensic - Psychiatric Forensic Psychology (EKPA). She has also graduated from the Department of Greek Philology of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens. At the same time, she studied music. She teaches "Criminology", "Investigation", "Criminal Law", "Intellectual Property and Related Rights" and "Juvenile Law" at the Private Investigations Department of Κ.D.V.M. She has worked as a crime and media reporter, and as a cultural content columnist in collaboration with popular websites. As an English teacher, she has worked in Foreign Language Teaching Centers. She has been honored by the Greek Association of Screenwriters with 1st and 3rd Prize for her screenplays and by the Panhellenic Union of Writers for the crime novel "The Hill of Hernion", published by "24grammata".
Antonis Bozas holds a BSc in Psychology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a master’s degree in Pain Management and Medical Psychology from the Medical School of Ioannina University. He is a PhD candidate at the Medical School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in the field of Pediatric Psychology - Psychosomatics. He has been certified in use of psycho-diagnostic tools and has received a specialization in Clinical Mental Health from the First Department of Psychiatry - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He is trained in Cognitive Analytic Psychotherapy, in Life Long Learning and Primary Healthcare. He was a member of the scientific team in the standardization project of the WAIS-IV scale. He has worked in various contexts such as a psychologist in schools, in the Department of Maxillofacial Surgery of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, as a scientific associate of the First Department of Psychiatry - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Now he is working in the International Organization for Migration and he is the psychologist of the Center for Talented Youth at Anatolia College (Johns Hopkins University). His research interests are focused on health psychology, positive health psychology, applied psychotherapy and psycho-diagnostics. He is participating in national and international conferences and has published articles in scientific journals. He is a member of the Association of Greek Psychologists and the European Society of Health Psychology.
Phoebe Christou holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology. Since 2013 she holds a Master in Social Clinical Psychology (MSc) from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and was trained in Cognitive Behaviour Approach. She is also trained in Eating Disorders and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the Greek Association of Behavioral Research and Therapy in Thessaloniki. Since October 2017, she is trainee psychotherapist in Systematic Family therapy at Institute of Systemic Thinking and Psychotherapy. She has been working as a psychologist in several mental health institutions, both for adults and children, such as social services, hospitals, mental health centres and psychotherapy/counselling centres. She has also been teaching in many private education institutes. Currently, she is practicing psychotherapy privately and she is teaching psychology relevant courses in Mediterranean College of Thessaloniki. Moreover, she is a speaker at international conferences and seminars, while her main field of research is eating disorders and schemata, post-traumatic stress and coping and cognitive psychotherapy.
Konstantinos completed his undergraduate studies in Psychology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, continued his postgraduate studies in Cognitive Neuropsychology (MSc, Free University of Amsterdam) and in February 2018 began his PhD at Panteion University in the field of Interpersonal Relationships. In his doctoral dissertation, the nature and impact of masculinity on straight and gay men’s romantic relationships is investigated. His research interests include both Social Psychology and Cognitive Neuropsychology, as these two scientific fields can be combined, enhancing scientific knowledge about the close interpersonal relationships of straight and gay men.
Vaitsa Giannouli holds a BSc in Psychology and a MSc in Cognitive Psychology and Neuropsychology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She has received a PhD in Neuroscience from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Her clinical and research interests focus οn the application of neuropsychological methods and advanced neuroimaging techniques for both structural and functional evaluation of the brain-behavior relationship in neurological and psychiatric diseases. She has worked for several years as a tutor and an adult educator. She has published articles in academic and scientific journals and has made presentations at international conferences. Her research interests are in the area of cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, health psychology and quantitative/qualitative methods of research.
Magdalene Gougoussi holds a BSc and a PhD in Psychology (University of Sunderland, UK in cooperation with the University of Crete, Greece). The main body of her work concerns the integration of quantitative and qualitative methodologies in health psychology and consumer behaviour. She has been teaching research methods and statistics and supervising projects for more than 10 years. She is currently teaching at Mediterranean College (in cooperation with Derby University). Her areas of interest include the integration of quantitative and qualitative methodologies, work psychology and consumer behaviour. Last but not least, Magdalene Gougousi is a certified Adults’ Trainers, trained in The Principles of Adults’ Education, in Vocational Education and Training, in Designing and organization and design of teaching to adults and minors and in School and Educational Psychology. Research interests: integration of quantitative and qualitative methodologies, work psychology and consumer behavior, educational psychology.
Olympia Halikiopoulou holds a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Reading, UK and an MSc in Psychology with a specialization in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. Through her Master’s degree in Holland, she has received extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness, as well as Neurofeedback techniques. Furthermore, she is a qualified professional in Cognitive, Neuropsychological and Psychometric assessment as well as in Cognitive Rehabilitation of Neurological disorders in adults and developmental difficulties in children. By participating in the Non – Directevité Intervenante (NDI) program, she has actively facilitated groups for teenagers with Asperger’s Syndrome through her collaboration with rehabilitation centers for children with special needs. Since 2015, she has been active in her private practice as a Neuropsychologist and Cognitive – Behavioral Therapist, collaborating closely with patients with epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, dementia and cerebrovascular disease, as well as emotional difficulties, stress and anxiety. Olympia is very passionate about Neurolinguistics, especially bimodal bilingualism through studying Deaf Culture and Sign Languages. She is Proficient in Greek Sign Language and has presented her research on counseling and Deaf Culture in various National conferences. Olympia strongly believes in continuous professional training and education and has been a trainee in Eclectic – Integrative Psychotherapy since October 2020, receiving her training from the European Institute of Counseling and Psychotherapy.
Dr. George Iatrou holds a bachelor degree in Philosophy, Education and Psychology and a master in Mental Health. He is a Phd candidate at the School of Medicine, University of Thessaly. He is specialized in family therapy and in counseling psychology.He works especially with children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and as a counselor for children and families. During the past 3 years he is a certified counselor in good enough parenting and attachment parenting and he coordinates seminars for parents. He has published articles in academic and scientific journals and has made presentations at international conferences. His research interests are in empathy, compassion and mental health care.
Triantafyllia Illiopoulou holds a PhD in Criminology, an MSc in Criminology & Criminal Justice and a BSc in Social Work. She currently conducts a postdoctoral research on cybercrime in collaboration with the University of the Peloponnese. As a social worker she has worked in the Hellenic Police, Mental Health Centers, NGOs and at the Anticancer Society. Currently she is working at the School of Fine Arts providing psychosocial support to students while since 2018 she has been teaching at the University of West Attica. She has completed her training in Phenomenological & Existential Analysis & Psychotherapy, providing individual sessions.
Christina Ioannou is a psychologist - trainee psychotherapist of Systemic Family and Couples Therapy and has a private practice at the centre of Athens. At the same time, she collaborates with Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, where she coordinates the EU-funded project BRING-In, which involves training social and health care professionals to better meet the needs of and ultimately combat discrimination against intersex individuals. She obtained a Doctorate (PhD) from École Normale Supérieure – Ulm. She holds a Master’s degree in Cognitive Neuroscience (MSc) and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (BSc Hons) from the University of Reading, where she worked as an ABA therapist for young children with autism and as an academic and social mentor for university students with mental health needs. Interests: ASD, special education, inclusive education, sexual orientation and gender identity issues, gender, communication, intra- and inter- personal conflict, familial and couple’s difficulties.
Despoina Karagianni holds a BSc in Psychology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and an MSc in Inclusive and Special Education from the University of Edinburgh, UK. She is a PhD candidate in the University of Macedonia at the Department of Educational and Social Policy and her research involves how we can develop leadership skills among children. She has published articles in academic and scientific journals and has made presentations at international conferences. She is specialized in Family Therapy and has worked as a tutor and an adult educator for the Institution of Youth and Lifelong Learning. Since 2013, she is coordinating parents’ counselling groups and has been a tutor in Lifelong Learning Centers and Institutes of Vocational Training. She has worked as a psychologist in the Greek Police, in institutions with students, parents and educators, with disabled people, refugees and psychiatric patients. She has worked as an external partner in programs from the University of Thessaly and University of Macedonia as well as in the Ministry of Education.
Mr Stavros Karpouchtsis is a psychologist, graduated from the Department of Psychology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and holds a postgraduate degree “Master of science in Counselling Psychology” from the University of Sheffield. He works as a psychotherapist in private practice while teaching at the Psychology programmes of Mediterranean College (HND & Bachelor). He is trained in the person-centered psychotherapy and in the systemic psychotherapy and counselling. He cooperates with the center of Adlerian Psychology in Thessaloniki and the International center of Systemic Therapy in Heidelberg, Germany. He has numerous participations in International conferences and he has published papers in scientific journals and conferences. His research interests focus on issues which concern the areas of Clinical and Counselling Psychology especially anxiety disorders, marriage counselling and group therapy.
After graduating from the Psychology Department of Panteion University, she continued her studies at Swansea University (UK), where she completed her Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology and her PhD in Clinical and Work Psychology. She worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the National Institute of Occupational Health in Norway for 2.5 years. She has worked as a psychologist at the Psychological Departments of Penteli General Hospital for Children (Athens) and Swansea Central Clinic (UK). Her articles are published in international scientific journals and she has presented her research work at international conferences. She is working both at Mediterranean College and has her private practice in Athens. Research interests: work stress, work relations, burnout & shiftwork.
Elena Lekka is a graduate of the Psychology Department of the Panteion University of Athens, and holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology of Education (MSc) from the UCL Institute of Education. She attended specialized courses in Special Education for Children with Disabilities and Special Educational Needs (2nd Pediatric Clinic of the University of Athens). She has worked as a psychologist in elementary schools being responsible for the assessment and support of students with special educational needs. She has also participated in research activities focusing on groups of uninsured cancer patients in collaboration with a cancer support non-governmental organization. She has worked at a social and psychological support centre for children and families and is responsible for the support of students with learning difficulties. Finally, she is a lecturer for the programmes of the School of Psychology and School of Education at Mediterranean College. Research Interests: learning difficulties, emotional resilience, emotional well-being and aspirations in children and adolescents, parenting styles and attachment, inclusion
Penelope Louka holds a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and an MSc in Health Psychology from the University of Luton (Great Britain), and a Doctoral degree (PhD) in Social and Health Psychology from the University of Westminster (Great Britain). She has worked for several years as a professor at the University of Westminster at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels. Dr. Louka has published an array of articles in academic and scientific journals and international conferences. She is a Chartered Member (CPsychol) and an Associate Fellow (AFBPsS) of the British Psychological Society (BPS). Research interests: social representations, addictions, quality of life, attitudes about health-illness, stages of change, bereavement.
E. Loupou, has obtained her PhD and MA at the University of Essex in the field of Psychoanalytic Studies and her BSc in Psychology. She has been trained in observing and recording the developmental stages that an infant goes through (mother-infant observation Tavistock Clinic) as well as observing and recording the dynamics that develop in the family setting, (University of Essex, Center for Psychoanalytic Studies). Throughout her career she has been employed by private settings specializing in adult, child and adolescent therapeutic intervention. She was also employed by schools (Claydon Highschool) and a school-children’s home (The Ryes School).
Anna K. Mavrelos was born and raised in the United States and currently lives in Greece, where she is the head academic coordinator at a children’s center in Glyfada, Αttica. She holds a BA in Psychology, an MS in Education, and a postgraduate degree in Leadership in Education. Anna is a 21-year veteran teacher that has taught mostly elementary school in NYC public schools, where she was a kindergarten and science teacher. While being a teacher, she was also responsible for training and mentoring other teachers. Since being in Greece, she has experience teaching English in Greek private school settings. Anna is also currently finishing her Clinical Psychology Master’s Degree, which will allow her to start a new branch in her career that will combine her love for teaching and the art of psychology.
Georgia Nasiopoulou holds a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Cognitive Psychology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She is specialized in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and in Group Therapy, and she is certified as an Advanced level Schema Therapist and supervisor. Her last training on the Good Enough Parenting program has certified her as a Parenting Facilitator. She has worked for several years as a tutor and an adult educator. Since 2008, she is coordinating parents’ counseling groups for the Institution of Youth and Lifelong Learning. She also works at private practice as a psychologist and a group therapist. She is the Programme Leader of the MSc Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, as well as of the Higher National Diploma in Counselling and Psychology, and the Advanced Professional Certificate in Counselling: Theory and Practice, at Mediterranean College of Thessaloniki. She has published articles in academic and scientific journals and has made presentations at international conferences. Her research interests are in the area of health psychology, psychopathology, psycholinguistics, cognitive-behavioral therapy, group therapy and schema therapy.
Maria-Sofia Papadrosou has finished her Master’s in Special Education with first class honors and continued with her PhD in University of London, Roehampton, in the UK, where she works also as a Visiting Lecturer. She is familiar with the educational system of England, Germany and Greece, as she has taught there and she is experienced in various cases of autism spectrum disorder, mental and learning difficulties. Her PhD is about Anxiety and Depression and the subjects in which she has been a Module Leader in Mediterranean College are Psychology in Education, Social and Emotional Development, ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Learning Difficulties.
Apostolos Peltekis holds a BSc in Psychology, an MSc in Cognitive Psychology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and an MSc in Clinical Psychology from Leiden University. He is a certified therapist in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from the Greek Association of Behavioral Research and Therapy in Thessaloniki and a member of the EABCT. He is also a certified adult trainer. Since 2015, he has been working at “Centre of Life”, a non government organization, providing psychological support to people living with HIV/AIDS. Part of his work is to educate the general population, opposing stigmatization, preventing HIV. During the past decade, he is teaching psychology modules at public Vocational Institutes and at Mediterranean College of Thessaloniki, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. In the past, he has worked as a facilitator/coordinator of parent’s groups for the Youth and Lifelong Learning Foundation, the University of Thessaly, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Municipality of Kalamaria, NGO ARSIS and other sectors providing psychosocial services. He has published articles in academic and scientific journals and has made presentations at international conferences.
Poulopoulou Elena is a psychologist graduated from the Department of Psychology, University of Crete and holds a postgraduate degree "Master in Mental Health" for the University of Athens. She is an existential and systemic family psychotherapist. She works as a psychologist in structure and social rehabilitation of the Company of Psychosocial Health of Children and Adolescents (APHCA). She also has a private practice as a psychotherapist conducting individual, group, family and couple sessions.
Elpida Roussakou is a graduate of the department of Public Hygiene, T.E.I of Athens. In 2016 she completed her studies at the MSc program "Health and Safety in the Workplace" which is organized by the Medical Department of the Democritus University of Thrace in collaboration with the Departments of Public Health and Nursing of T.E.I of Athens. Since 2010, she has attended several conferences and since 2016 she has been working as a freelancer and she is the lead scientist of the company Hygioacts.
Iakovos Sianoudis is a certified Integrative Therapist. He holds a BSc in Applied Psychology from the University of Derby, UK. Since 2016 he is a member of the Hellenic Counselling Society and of the BACP (UK). He has completed individual training modules at the Plato Academy, Panteion University of Athens and the Sismanogleio Hospital. In his professional career, he has participated at numerous conferences on topics related to human existence at a relational level, while he is the author of two books on mental health and relational patterns circulated by the publishing house Angelakis. In total, he has published more than 250 signed articles and has given interviews on communication platforms on topics around relations.
George Thomas holds a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Psychology from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle and Essex University (Great Britain), respectively. He worked for several years as a psychologist at the Psychiatric Hospital of Attica (PS.H.A.) and 414 SNEN Psychiatric Hospital. He is a trainer in educational seminars cooperating with private and public bodies working in the field of mental health (KYPEKO, KETHI, COSMOANELIXIS). He also works privately as a psychotherapist. Research interests: social psychology, sex and human evolution, drugs and addictions, behavioural compliance and safety.
Marilia Tsachali is a self-employed psychologist, certified in systems counselling and psychotherapy. She holds a BSc in Psychology from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences and a MSc in Human Resources Management from Athens University of Economics and Business. She is a PhD candidate in the field of Organizational Psychology in Athens University of Economics and Business. Her academic interests focus on employee training, development, and well-being. She has several years of hands on experience in the HR sector. In 2016 she made a career transition to the sector of counselling and psychotherapy. She is a certified member of the Association for Greek Psychologists (SEPS) and specialized in Systemic Psychotherapy. In her private practice, she works with adult individuals, couples, and groups.
Evangelia Tserpeli is a BSc (Hons) graduate of the Open University (U.K.). She has a master’s degree (MSc) in Psychological Research Methods awarded by the University of Plymouth (U.K.). She is a PhD student at the Department of Psychology National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She is currently training as an Integrative Psychotherapist. She has taken part in European research projects and has presented at national and international conferences. Research interests: family relationships with an emphasis on father role and parenting (parental acceptance-rejection), social justice, implementation/evaluation of evidence-based programs.
Olga Tzouramani is a Psychologist-Criminologist, holding an MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, an MSc in Criminology, and is a Ph.D(c) in the school of Criminology at the University of Nicosia (Cyprus). She has teaching experience at the University of Nicosia, on the subject “Sexual and Violent Crimes” as part of the curriculum for the MSc program in Criminology. She has also practical experience with substance abusing individuals at a rehabilitation center as well as with patients who had experienced different types of traumas, such as sexual abuse.