Academic Staff - School of Education
Anastasia Benekou – Adjunct Tutor at the Undergraduate School of Education (BA) at Mediterranean College. Anastasia holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Kent in Canterbury and she was awarded the Chevening Scholarship for the year 2019 -2020 from the UK Government in collaboration with the John Latsis Public Benefit Foundation. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Aristoteleion University in Thessaloniki and her master’s degree in Counselling Studies (Msc) from the University of Edinburgh. She is also an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist from the Greek Association of Behavioural Research in Thessaloniki. She has a combined background as a therapist and also in management positions both in the private and public sector in Greece. She has worked at the Greek Alzheimer’s Association as a psychologist and in various NGOs in Greece both as a therapist but also as country director, assisting in the psychosocial support, education and holistic integration of the refugees in Greece.
Dr. Antonis Dagklis – Adjunct Lecturer at the Undergraduate School of Early Childhood Studies (HONS) at Mediterranean College in Thessaloniki. Antonis Dagklis holds a PhD in Leukemia research from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH). He also earned his BSc degree from the Molecular and Genetics Department of Democritus University in Thrace (DUTH). Most part of his PhD was conducted at the University Hospital San Raffaele in Milan (Italy). Furthermore, during his PhD he worked at the hematology clinic “STORGI” at the University Hospital Papanikolaou in Thessaloniki. More recently, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher in KU Leuven University (Belgium) during which he won a three-year fellowship. He participated in numerous scientific papers which were published in international journals. During his career he also taught several students acquiring a broad teaching experience.
Dr Georgia Diomi is a graduate of the Department of English Language and Literature of the University of Athens. She holds a Master’s degree (MA) with merit in English Literature from the University of Birmingham, and a PhD in English Literature from the University of Athens. She has presented papers on Victorian and late-Victorian literature in numerous symposiums, such as the Annual Symposium of English Studies and the European Symposium of Literature and Culture, while, recently, one of her papers was published in the Journal of the European Association for American Studies. She is a lecturer at a postgraduate level (MA Education - TESOL). Research interests: Victorian and Edwardian literature and culture, science, philosophy, and women’s writing
Theodoros Gantinas holds the degree of BSc in Business Administration with minor in Philosophy from the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT), a degree of BSc in Applied Psychology from the University of Derby, a MSc in Management of Innovation and Organizational Change from the University of Brunel and a MSc in Philosophy and History of Science from Kings College, London School of Economics (LSE) and University College London (UCL) and he is trained in cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy in the Hellenic Association for Behavioral Research - Macedonian Branch. He has worked as project manager in the international research programs on artificial intelligence EuCogII and EuCogIII. He also worked as tutor of Philosophy in ACT’s Bachelor Degree. He has done volunteer work in organizations such as “Arsis” and “Doctors of the World” and was external advisor to the private substance rehabilitation center “Pnoi stin Zoi”. Presently, he works privately as a psychologist-psychotherapist. Research interests: Philosophy of the cognitive sciences, the effect of corporal punishment on later development, the combination of different psychotherapeutic models.
Andreas Gkaranis holds a degree in Philosophy and Education specialized in Education and a Master in School Education specialized in Special Education from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.He has workedas a SEN language teacher in centers for special education, in special schools and integration classes of the Ministry of Education. At the same time, he worked as an instructor at Prefectural Committee for Adult Training of Thessaloniki and at public Vocational Training Institutes, teaching courses related to special education. He was a member of a scientific group for psychosocial support of immigrants and repatriated students and for training teachers in research projects of the sector of Pedagogy at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Aegean University, School of Pedagogical and Technological Education and National Confederation of People with Disabilities. Research interests: Teaching methodology, adaptations and modifications in Special Education, Social integration of children with special educational needs and disabilities in school and society.
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.
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.
Christina Kalaitzi is an Early Years Researcher. She is specialized in English and American Children's Literature and Creative Writing in Education. Her doctoral research investigates the development of narrative skill through the combined use of narrative elements. She has published papers in the areas of children’s literature, social literacy and creative writing-based teaching approaches, creative approaches to the new curriculum and teaching interventions. Her latest published scholarly textbook approaches the development of narrative skill in the early years through a specially designed teaching intervention. She works as a Visiting Lecturer in the Master’s Programme “Science of Education: Creative Writing in Education” of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Research interests: development of narrative skill, children’s literature, social literacy & creative writing-based teaching approaches, creative approaches to the new curriculum, teaching interventions
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.
Katsapi Rea is a PhD candidate in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki at the Faculty of Education and her research focuses on the relationship between child – space and the creation of educational places in the collaborative classroom of kindergarten. She is a graduate of the School of Early Childhood Education of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and she holds a masters degree on Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Nicosia. She won a scholarship to Institution of International Communication IIK Düsseldorf, where she attended many seminars on teaching the German language. She speaks fluent English, German and Russian. She has worked as a university teaching assistant in undergraduate courses in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki at the Faculty of Education and also as a kindergarten teacher in private schools of Thessaloniki. Her research interests include space and pedagogy, educational material and its implementation, teaching foreign languages in preschool education.
Demetrios Kongas holds a BA and an MA in Sociology from the University of Essex. His research interests are around the area of organizational theory, ideology, labour relations, industrial conflict, culture and leadership. He has written a book on organizational theory and personnel management and is currently writing a book on sociology. Demetrios Kongas is the Programme Leader of Undergraduate Programmes in the School of Business at Mediterranean College, Athens, Greece, and responsible for teaching the modules, Understanding People in Organisations, Managing People, Developing Leadership and Management and Business Consultancy Project. He is also teaching Quality, Leadership and Management in the MA Education Leadership and Management programme.
Theano Koutsoupidou is Head of the School of Education and Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies and the MPS Intercultural Education: Immigration and Forced Displacement. She also acts as Learning & Teaching Coordinator across all Schools of Mediterranean College. She holds a PhD in Education and a PGCert of ‘Learning and Teaching in Higher Education’, both from the University of Surrey (UK). She has also completed music studies (Integrated Master) at the University of Athens and the National Conservatory. Since 2006 she has been holding teaching posts at universities (University of the Aegean, University of Athens, European University Cyprus), for both face to face and distance learning programmes, colleges, vocational training institutes, secondary schools and early childhood centres. She also has experience in professional development and lifelong learning programmes. She has been involved in several independent and collaborative projects and her work has been published at numerous scientific journals, international conference proceedings and edited volumes. For her research she has received awards from the Greek Ministry of Education, ESCOM, SEMPRE and the Froebel Trust. She acts as examiner and academic advisor for the Institute of Educational Policy and the National Organisation for the Certification of Qualifications and Vocational Guidance. She is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) and certified adult educator by EOPPEP. Research interests: teacher initial and further training, creativity and development, arts in preschool education, integrative teaching, learning and teaching in HE, lifelong learning
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
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).
Athanasios Mandroukas is a distinct graduate of sports science (BSc) from Charles University in Prague. He also holds a masters degree (MSc) in sports and exercise science from Leeds Beckett University (UK) and a Ph.D. from Charles University in Prague. His Masters dissertation analysed the methodology and reliability of repetitive measurements in the laboratory. His Ph.D. dissertation focused on the physiological and neuromuscular changes between young football players and untrained adolescents of the same biological age. He was in charge of the laboratory based modules, in terms of supporting university students and also assessing third party test results. He holds a UEFA B’ football coaching licence and is in the evaluation process of UEFA A’. He has worked as a coach in football players of developmental ages, as well as a Fitness and Strength & Conditioning coach at the highest level. He has also worked as an administrative director in sports clubs, with the main responsibility of their proper organisation and operation as well as a Physical Education lecturer in secondary education schools in Leeds (UK). He has a plethora of publications in internationally credible journals, as well as presentations in international conferences/symposiums. His scientific record has been recognised at an international level, with numerous citations from several other scientists. Research interests: sports science, exercise science, exercise physiology, muscle function, exercise testing, physical fitness, body composition
Evangelia Markaki is PhD holder on Applied Statistics from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Scientific Director of the Company Excellentia International. She works in the private sector in area of Human Resources Management as coordinator for managing recruitment and selection procedures, conduct interviews, planning of human resources, the training and development assessment programs. The last 5 year she realized more than 3,000 interviews with staff and candidates. She has worked in the Greek Broadcasting Corporation (ERT), the regional channel Blue Sky, during the Olympic Games of Athens 2004 Athens in Olympic Broadcasting (AOB), in consulting companies and in VPRC. Since 2008 she works in the field of vocational guidance, career development and career planning. Dr. Markaki has been scientific coordinator in planning and career development organizations providing career guidance services to adolescents, adults and to unemployed people, organizing services of career development and of outplacement services in the labor market. She has over ten years of experience in education. Since 2009 until today She teaches in higher education in the public and private sector. She graduated from the Department of Communication and Media Studies of the University of Athens. In 2007 she graduated from the Master of Human Resource Management program at the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB). She participates presenting scientific work in conferences and congresses in Greece and abroad. She has been speaker in conferences and seminars of private and public institutions. She speaks four foreign languages: French, English, Italian and German. He is a member of European and International Associations of Research, of Human Resources Management and of Data Analysis.
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 from Hellenic American College, which will allow her to start a new branch in her career that will combine her love for teaching and the art of psychology At Mediterranean College she teaches, since February 2021, the module Developing the Skills of the Specialist Practitioner, on the postgraduate programme MA Education.
Ioanna Menegatou has a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens with chosen pathway in Psychology. Following this she obtained a master’s degree in Inclusion and Special Educational Needs from the University of Birmingham. She attended a number of courses and seminars in relation to provision and assessment of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dyslexia, ADHD, Social Emotional and Behavioral Needs (Makaton, PECS, TEACCH, Lego- based Therapy, Social Stories, ABA). Ioanna had worked in various educational settings and provisions carrying out assessments and delivering intervention programs, in Greece, Switzerland and in the UK. Ioanna has been working as an Education Health Care Coordinator in Special Educational Needs Service in London for over 6 years where she was responsible to coordinate the assessments process and issue the final statements of SEN (Education Health and Care Plans). At Mediterranean College, Ioanna leads the placement module of the postgraduate programme MA Inclusion and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
Rania Papadima is an Adjunct Lecturer at Mediterranean College, where she teaches Second Language Acquisition, English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and English for Specific Purposes (ESP). She has also taught at Royal Holloway, University of London and the University of Dundee. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy of the UK and has extensive experience teaching in Higher Education, in addition to teaching English in Primary and Secondary Education. She holds a degree in English Language and Literature from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and a M.Ed. in Teaching English as a Foreign / International Language from the Hellenic Open University. She has received further training in Teaching Methodology and Educational Psychology and is currently working towards a PhD at Dublin City University. Her research interests include English Medium Instruction in Higher Education and Irish Literature and Culture.
Katerina Ravnali is a pedagogue, school teacher and drama educator. She holds a bachelor in Primary Education and a bachelor and integrated master in Theatre and Drama Education from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Moreover, she holds a master in Lifelong Learning from University of Macedonia. Currently, she is gaining an advanced professional diploma in Special Education from Aegean University. She has published the above dissertations: ‘Emotional Intelligence in the workplace: Design, implementation and evaluation of an educational program through drama based training methods’ and ‘Personal and social competences development through theatre/drama in education: An educational intervention in a refugee camp’. She has worked for several years as an educator in a refugee camp (NGO Arsis) gaining valuable experience in intercultural education for adults and children. As a teacher and drama educator she has worked in public elementary schools (as a class teacher and in special education), in public and private KDAP (Center for recreational activities for children), in National Theatre of Northern Greece, in the organization and implementation of theatre and recreational activities for children, in summer family resorts and summer children’s camps. Her research interests include education and development of adults and of human resources, development of emotional intelligence and social competencies, theatre/ drama in education, social theatre, ensemble theatre and intercultural education.
Vana Rozou holds a BA in Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology of from the University of Athens and a BA in European Cultural Studies from the Hellenic Open University. She holds a Master of Education and a Master in Ethics (University of Athens) and is a PhD candidate at the same university. She specializes in teaching Greek as a foreign language and intercultural education/minority education (University of Democritus Thrace). Additionally, she has attended specialised courses in Professional Counselling (K.E.A.E.S.), at the Psychology Department of the University of Athens and has published articles in academic and scientific journals and conferences. Research interests: adult education, environmental ethics, intercultural education
Angeliki Skarlataki – Lecturer at the Undergraduate School of Education, BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies at Mediterranean College. Angeliki Skarlataki holds a MSc in Special Education from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She also earned her BSc degree from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She is an accredited instructor of adult continuing education and has extensive teaching experience in the fields of early education and special education. She is also specialized in Treatment Education of Autistic and Communication handicapped Children (TEACCH). She has worked as special educator in multiple schools and also worked in scientific research teams at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Research interests: ADHD, autism spectrum, mental disability, speech impairments, learning disabilities.
Dr. Angeliki Triantafyllaki is Programme Leader for postgraduate programmes at the School of Education: MA Education (Leadership and Management / TESOL) & ΜΑ Inclusion and SEND. She is a graduate of the University of Cambridge (PhD, MPhil) and the Department of Philosophy, Psychology and Pedagogy (BA) of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. For the past twelve years she has worked as a researcher and lecturer in Universities in Greece and abroad and has participated in a series of seminars and professional development courses in child psychology, family health, as well as special educational needs, with placements in a range of SEND units in Athens. She has taken part in international and national research programmes and was awarded by the Greek State Scholarship Foundation and the UK British Academy for her postdoctoral research. Research Interests: Arts in Education, online teaching and learning, inclusive education and differentiated teaching, research methodologies, new technologies, adult education and lifelong learning.
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 Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology (section of Psychology), National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. 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.