Agorastou, Maria

Maria Agorastou holds a master’s degree in social work and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of New Hampshire and is a certified applied behavior analyst. She has extensive experience working in public schools in New Hampshire in applied research projects on inclusion, school climate and drop-out prevention, Response to Intervention (RTI), cognitive behavioral and existential therapy, as well as mindfulness and anxiety disorders. She is currently an advisor to the Network of Special Schools and a regular guest lecturer at schools and municipalities across Greece on the topics of behavioral analysis, inclusion, and teacher training. She is an adjunct instructor in Hellenic American University’s undergraduate and graduate psychology programs, teaching courses in cognitive behavioral therapy, educational psychology, learning and behavior as well as clinical and developmental linguistics and disability and inclusion in the MAAL and BAELL programs. She also serves as a clinical supervisor to graduate students.

Gutgarts, Eric

Eric Gutgarts is pursuing a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Entrepreneurial Leadership at Johns Hopkins University. He completed his master’s degree in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness at New York University and his bachelor’s degree in History from Florida International University. A teacher for several years before taking a clinical direction in his trajectory, Mr. Gutgarts currently works as a psychotherapist in New York City while contributing to research teams at both Columbia University and NYU. While receiving clinical training, he worked as a crisis counselor with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. He was awarded the 2020 Samuel Eshborn Service Award at NYU Steinhardt and the 2020 Aileen and Gilbert Schiffman Fellowship at JHU. He has presented his research at the American Psychological Association National Convention and is working on publishing manuscripts with his colleagues at NYU. His passions include business development, higher education, and psychotherapy. Mr. Gutgarts teaches in the Psychology program at Hellenic American University.

Ioannidou, Erato-Maria

Erato-Maria Ioannidou (Eri) is a forensic psychologist with a degree from the Psychology Department of the University of Crete and an MSc in Forensic Psychology from Maastricht University. She is also a life coach with a diploma in Life Coaching from the Athens Coaching Institute. Ms. Ioannidou has conducted research on issues related to correctional officers’ stress, on students’ attitudes and perceptions towards corruption and on psychopathy. Her latest main research interest has been police officers’ mental resilience. Her research has been conducted in collaboration with University departments, the Ministry of Justice as well as the Centre for Penal and Criminological Research. She has contributed to the creation of the first Hellenic Criminology dictionary and has also published several chapters in collective volumes. She has worked at the General Clinic “Asklipios” in Rethymno, the Special Detention Juvenile Center of Avlona,  the Greek Official Centre for Resettlement of Ex-prisoners “Epanodos” and the Cyber Crime Division of the Hellenic Police. She  also collaborates with the Center of Research on Crime. Her main work duties have included counseling of socially vulnerable groups, supervision of educational programs for underage and adult offenders, risk and recidivism assessment, prejudicial preparation of minors who have been victims of sexual abuse (domestic or not) and assessment of a minor’s competence to testify. 

Kondilis, Barbara

Barbara Kondilis holds a Master of Public Health and a Master of Social Work from Boston University, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts and is currently completing her Ph.D. in Language and Communication.

She began her professional career working in the mental health field in the mid 1990’s with individuals, groups, and families, and is a clinical social worker licensed in Massachusetts, USA. Her background allowed her to work in various settings in the areas of public health, mental health, research, and education/training.

Trained by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, she worked on syphilis elimination efforts for Infectious Diseases, as well as the Division of Adolescent and School Health. Further, she coordinated a state-wide diabetes quality improvement initiative for the State of Rhode Island, spearheading several health communication initiatives.

Ms. Kondilis has co-authored numerous research articles and book chapters, and was a recipient of an EU Marie Curie Reintegration Grant. She was a member of the first European Health Literacy Survey (HLS-EU), which received the 2012 European Health Award - European Health Forum Gastein.

At Hellenic American University she has served as Coordinator of Student Affairs, and Academic Director for General Education. She is currently an adjunct faculty member and teaches in the undergraduate program at Hellenic American University.

Lagios, George

George Lagios is a mental health counselor, author and public speaker. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the American College of Greece and an M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Hellenic American University He also completed, with distinction, diplomas in sexual addiction and psychosexual therapy from Open College, UK, and taken part in seminars and workshops on a spectrum of topics, including LGBTQI issues, mental health mediation in the workplace, and trauma and violence among refugees. The founder of the NGO Moirazomai, he has given lectures on effective altruism and the significance of sharing, sexual addiction, and the management of financial stress. In December 2019 George published his first book, Would You Choose Yourself as Your Parent? Currently, George is a PhD candidate at New York College. He is an adjunct faculty member at Hellenic American University and teaches psychosexual therapy in the M.S. in Psychology program.

Moustaka, Eleftheria

Eleftheria Moustaka is a Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist working as an Associate in the Bariatric Department of the Laparoscopic Unit at Ippokrateio Hospital in Athens. She holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens, Greece and an M.Sc. degree with Distinction from Swansea University in Wales She has been awarded a scholarship from the Greek State Scholarships Foundation. She is a Scientific Associate for iatronet.gr, psychologynow.gr and mednutrition.gr and a member of the Greek Association of Clinical Psychologists. She is a certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and has received her postgraduate Certificates in Clinical Psychopathology, Health Psychology, Parental Counseling and Psychological Approaches to Obesity. She has worked extensively with people suffering from anxiety and depressive disorders in the National Health System of Wales. Ms. Moustaka has taught courses in areas such as cognitive behavioral psychotherapy, clinical assessment instruments, clinical psychopathology, and health psychology. She works in private practice with adolescents and adults suffering from psychiatric disorders. She conducts various psychoeducational groups on anger and anxiety management in large companies. She is continuing her postgraduate training in Clinical Hypnosis. She is an adjunct faculty member and teaches in the BSPSY and MSPSY programs.

Nikolaou, Anna

Anna Nikolaou is a sociologist with extensive research experience. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and an M.A. in Sociological Research from the University of Essex and a B.A. in Sociology from the American College of Greece. Her research interests include cross-border social, economic and cultural relationships, collective memory and identity, political violence and cultural trauma. She has worked as a Research Assistant and Junior Researcher at the National Centre for Social Research (EKKE) in Athens. As an external collaborator of the National Centre for Social Research and other academic institutions, she has participated in several research projects addressing diverse sociological topics and theories, produced and published research. She has a keen interest in sociological research and methodology. A significant part of her research has dealt with the methodological deficiencies in measuring child poverty.

Papanikolopoulou, Penny

Penny Papanikolopoulou studied Psychology at a post-graduate level at Georgia State University and completed her doctoral studies at the University of Athens –Psychology Program. Following her studies in the USA, she worked in the psychiatric unit at Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta, Ga. U.S.A. She also developed psychoeducational and counseling programs focused on substance abuse in the Georgia Corrections System. She was the Clinical Director of the “Theotokos” Foundation in Athens from 1994 until 2010, responsible among other duties for the Psychoeducational Centre, as well as Vocational Rehabilitation for children, adolescents and adults with developmental impairments. She is currently an external Clinical Consultant to two non- government and non- profit organizations where she supervises clinical staff. She specializes in individual, group and family therapy. She is an adjunct faculty member and she teaches in the BSPSY and MSPSY programs.

Sax-Lane, Alessandra

Alessandra Sax-Lane holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Child Development from Hampshire College (USA). She graduated from New York University (USA) with a Clinical Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work, Children, Adolescents and Adults and completed her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology and Supervision in Counselor Education at Argosy University (USA). She has been an instructor in Clinical Interviewing and Consultation, Child Psychology, Life-Span Development, Cultural Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Advanced Psychopathology, and Group & Music Therapy. She is also a licensed psychotherapist who has been in private practice for twenty-five years, working with children, adolescents and adults. From 2006 until 2019, she was working at the American Community Schools of Athens (ACS), as the Elementary School Counselor and then School Psychologist, and additionally, was the coordinator of the Psychology Intern Program within the Department of Student Affairs. She is an editorial board member and peer reviewer for the International Journal for Elementary Education for SciencePG, the American Journal of Applied Psychology and the International Journal of Progressive Education. She has published several book chapters and articles, and regularly presents her clinical work and research at international conferences both in Europe and the USA. At Hellenic American University Dr. Sax-Lane is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Psychology Department.

Stathopoulou, Tina

Stamatina Stathopoulou serves as the Coordinator of the University’s undergraduate Politis program. Since 2010, she is an adjunct faculty member and teaches in the BSPSY and MSPSY programs. She graduated from the American College of Greece with a B.A. in Psychology, from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA, with an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, and from Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, USA, with a M.Sc. in Counseling Psychology and a specialization in Couples and Family Therapy. She worked as a postdoc researcher at the Institute of Research in Cognitive Science at the University of Pennsylvania and at Drexel University, Philadelphia. She has published her research material in books and peer-reviewed journals and has presented at conferences in the USA and Greece. She has taught as a graduate teaching associate at the University of Tennessee and as an adjunct faculty member at Chestnut Hill College and at the American College of Greece, as well as at several centers of counseling psychology in Athens. She has been trained in Systemic Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy. She is member of the American Psychological Association, of the International Marriage and Family Therapy Association, of the Association of Study and Prevention of Sexual Abuse, of the Greek Psychological Association and of the International Society of Political Psychology.

Her research interests include attentional deficits, disability and employment, parental abuse, substance abuse in families, volunteerism, psychology and politics and ecopsychology.

Tsirigotis, Theodoros

Dr. Theodoros Tsirigotis, Psy.D. RM UKCP, RAPPS, CPSychol, is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist and trainer. Since 2019, he has been a Fellow of IOC Mc Lean Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He is a certified supervisor ( Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors), clinical psychologist and trauma expert and international trainer under the European Association of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and the UK Psychological Trauma Society. He is trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, family & group therapy and in CBT. Dr. Tsirigotis has extensive clinical experience in major hospitals such as e. Maudsley, St. Thomas, Pitié-Salpêtrière University Hospital and Bretonneau Hospital and has been teaching in higher education the last fifteen years. He is the editor of the Greek edition of “Easy Ego State Interventions: Strategies for Working with Parts” and "Skills in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy” by Susan Howard (Kathexis Publications). At Hellenic American University Dr. Tsirigotis teaches Psychopathology and Diagnosis, as well as Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Clinical Practice in the MSPSY program.

Zafiris, Xanthi

Xanthi Zafiris is a certified holistic psychotherapist currently in practice at The Center for Therapeutic Services and Psychodiagnostics in McHenry, Illinois (US). She holds a bachelor's degree in Linguistics from Northeastern Illinois University and a master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Hellenic American University. As a holistic practitioner, she holds licenses and certifications in clinical hypnotherapy and has worked extensively with people suffering from anxiety and depressive disorders as well as with children and adults dealing with emotional trauma and PTSD. She is a visiting faculty member and teaches Holistic Approaches to Wellness and the Expressive Arts in the MSPSY program.

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