The research activity of the Psychology Division spans a broad range of topics that focus on overall well-being of individuals and groups of individuals; socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically across diverse cultural backgrounds.

Research Topics

Social and Emotional Competencies and Academic Success, EQ& IQ, Holistic Well-Being in Learning Environments, Virtual Learning, Diversity of Culture, Music Therapy and Refugee Children and Adolescents in Greece, Political Psychology, Relationship of Personality Characteristics, Social Attitudes, Health Literacy, Healthy Psychology, Community Psychology, Applied Linguistics, Volunteerism, General Public Health, Health Information, Graffiti Writing, Dynamics of Psychotherapy, Forensic Psychology and the Covid-19 Pandemic.


Alessandra Sax-Lane

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 of clinical interviewing and consultation, child psychology, life-span development, cultural psychology, abnormal psychology, advanced psychopathology, child psychopathology, child play therapy, holistic approaches to wellness: the expressive arts and group & music therapy. She is also a licensed psychotherapist who has been in private practice for over 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.

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Maria Agorastou

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 faculty member for 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. Currently, she is the Coordinator of Counseling Center.

Eri Ioannidou

Erato-Maria Ioannidou (Eri) is a forensic psychologist with a degree from the Psychology Department of the University of Crete and an M.Sc. 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. Ms. Ioannidou is an adjunct faculty member of the BSPSY Program at the Hellenic American University.

Barbara Kondilis

Barbara Kondilis 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 settings such as hospitals, schools, health clinics, a health maintenance organization and US federal and state institutions in the areas of public health, mental health, research, and education/training. As a public health professional, she worked for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, coordinated a state-wide diabetes quality improvement initiative for the State of Rhode Island, and spearheaded several health communication initiatives. Additionally, she served as the Coordinator of the Career Office while at the Boston University School of Social Work, and the Coordinator of Student Affairs for over six years at Hellenic American College. Her professional interests include health education, communication, quality improvement, community and individual empowerment, policy, diversity awareness, financial psychology, volunteerism and non-governmental organization management. She has collaborated and co-authored several research articles, was a recipient of an EU Marie Curie Reintegration Grant, and member of a European team for the Health Literacy Survey (HLS-EU) project which received the 2012 European Health Award from the European Health Forum Gastein. Ms. Kondilis is currently completing her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics, and already holds a Master’s of Public Health and a Master’s of Social Work from Boston University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. Ms. Kondilis is an adjunct faculty member for the BSPSY Program at the Hellenic American University.

George Lagios

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 MSPSY Program.

Eleftheria Moustaka

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, and 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.

Anna Nikolaou

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. Dr. Nikolaou is an adjunct faculty member and teaches for the BSPSY and MSPSY Programs at the Hellenic American University.

Penny Papanikolopoulou

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 at the Hellenic American University.

Sophia Protopapa

Dr. Sophia Protopapa holds a DSocSci from the University of Leicester, UK and an MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of New Haven, US. She has been a lecturer in undergraduate and graduate business administration programs since 2003, teaching organizational behavior, leadership psychology, human resources management, business ethics and research methods. She is the author or co-author of several books, including Leadership for Children and Emotional Bankruptcy—Emotional Prosperity: An inside-out approach. Dr. Protopapa is a certified career counselor and Global Career Development Facilitator. She is the Director of the Career Development Office at Hellenic American University and an adjunct faculty member in the MSPSY Program. Dr. Protopapa’s research interests include social and communication anxiety, personal growth, and self-awareness for well-being, areas in which she also runs counseling groups.

Stamatina Stathopoulou

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.

Publications (from 2015)


Book Publications

Sax, A., (2021-invited chapter) "Adolescent Development;Taking a Closer Look at the Brain and Virtual Educational Learning Experiences. In M.D., Avgerinou, & P. Pelonis (Eds.), K-12 blended and virtual learning through the i2 Flex classroom model. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Book publications

Lagios, G. (2020). Μέσα στο μυαλό σου. Athens, Greece: George Lagios, Ekdotiki.

Book publications

Bouradas, D., & Protopapa, S. (2019). Leadership for Children: A guide for parents and teachers on how to develop children’s characteristics and competences. Athens: Psychogios Publications.
Kondilis, B. (2019). A Life-span Perspective on Health Literacy: Aging and End-of-Life Issues. In: Okan, O., Bauer, U., Levin-Zamir, D., Pinheiro, P., Sørensen, K. (Εds.) International Handbook of Health Literacy. Research, Practice and Policy Across the Lifespan. Bristol: The Policy Press, University of Bristol, U.K.
Lagios, G. (2019). Εσύ θα σε επέλεγες για γονιό σου; Athens, Greece: Kapa Ekdotiki.

Book publications

Zarcadoulas. C., Kondilis, B. (2018). Health Literacy in Non-Communicable Diseases: Contexts and Cases. In Optimizing Health Literacy for Improved Clinical Practice. (Eds.) Papalois, Vassilios E. & Theodosopoulou, Maria. Hershey PA: IGI Global.

Journal publications

Farrell, D. and Papanikolopoulos P. EMDR Training Manual (Greek Version) Part I (2018) (ISBN:978-618-84268-0-1), Part II (2019) (ISBN: 978-618-84268-1-8) TACT HELLAS publication.

Conference proceedings

Kondilis, B., Nikolaou, A., & Kakampakou, C., Viewpoints of Vandalistic Style Graffiti in Crisis-Ridden Athens: Implications for European Reform for the “Europe in Discourse: Agendas of Reform” 2nd International Conference, Hellenic American College, Athens, Greece. September 21-23, 2018.

Journal publications

Papanikolopoulos, P., Konstas, D., Prattou-Spongalides, T., Kolaitis, G., Belivanaki, M. (2017) Kronus Abuses his son: A Case Study of Severe Interpersonal Trauma, Dissociation and Survival in Adolescence. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, Volume 11, Number 4.
Sax, A., Gialamas, S. Leadership in Academic Institutions; Preparing Students Holistically for Life: Matters of the Heart and Mind, International Journal of Progressive Education. Vol. 13(3), 2017, pp. 71-78. MID: ijpe.2017.028.

Conference proceedings

Kondilis, B., Student Discourses of Civic Engagement and Global Citizenship in a Time of Crisis in Greece. Short paper for "Europe in Discourse: Identity, Diversity, Borders" 1st International Conference, Hellenic American College, Athens, Greece, September 23-25, 2016.

Book publications

Protopapa, S. (2016). Eudaimonia as a way of life: A Conversation with Aristotle inspired by the Nicomachean Ethics. Athens: Self-publication.
Sax, A., (2016-invited chapter). The effects of i2 Flex learning on students’ holistic well-being and academic success. In M.D., Avgerinou, & S. Gialamas (Eds.), Revolutionizing K-12 blended learning through the i2 Flex classroom model. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Journal publications

Sools, A., Triliva, S., Fragkiadaki, E., & Tzanakis, M. (2016) “Responding to the Double Bind Posed by the Greek Referendum: Letters from the Future”, Paper presented at Conference Narrative Matters, Victoria, Canada, June 2016.

Conference proceedings

Kondilis, B. (2016). Student Discourses of Civic Engagement and Global Citizenship in a Time of Crisis in Greece. For "Europe in Discourse: Identity, Diversity, Borders" 1st International Conference, Hellenic American College, Athens, Greece (September 23-25, 2016).

Book publications

Geronymaki, E., & Protopapa, S. (2015). Guide for Mentors. Mentoring programme of the University of Ioannina. Ioannina: University of Ioannina publications.
Protopapa, S., & McGuire, C. (2015). Emotional prosperity, emotional bankruptcy: An Inside- Out Approach. Athens: Plethora publications.

Journal publications

Birbil, C., Koustopoulos, T., Makropoulos, C., Sax, A., Gialamas, S., & Koustopoulos, K. Dogs in Learning: Transforming Education, International Journal of Elementary Education. Vol. 4, No. 2, 2015, pp. 16-24. doi: 10.11648/j.ijeedu.20150402.11.
Sørensen K., Pelikan, J., Röthlin, F., Ganahl, K., Slonska, Z., Doyle, G., Fullam, J., Agrafiotis, D., Kondilis, B., Uiters, E., Falcon, M., Tchamov, K., Van den Broucke, S., and Brand, H. on behalf of the HLS-EU Consortium. (2015) Health literacy in Europe: comparative results of the European health literacy survey (HLS-EU), European Journal of Public Health, 25(6), 1053-1058.
Gialamas, S., Sax, A. Utilizing Mathematical Thinking in Addressing Primary Students’ Adjustment to a New School Environment at an International School, International Journal of Elementary Education. Vol. 4, No. 3, 2015, pp. 56-64. doi: 10.11648/j.ijeedu.20150403.13.
Kolaitis, G., Triantafyllou, K., Giannakopoulos, G., Papanikolopoulos, P., Lazaratou, H. and Tsiantis, J. (2015) Psychosocial impact in earthquake exposed Greek pupils and their parents. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 24 (Suppl.1):211 · June.

Conference proceedings

Sax, A., Proceedings of the International Conference of Open and Distance Learning, sponsored by the Hellenic Open University, Athens, Greece, Fall of 2015.
Nikolaou, A. (2015) Memory and Identity in Epirus: ethnocultural affiliations and relationships under reconstruction on the Greek/Albanian border. 1st International Conference on “Europe in Discourse: Identity, Diversity, Borders,” Athens, Greece (September 23-25, 2016).
Konstas, D., & Stathopoulou, S. (2015). Self-Injurious Behavior and (Versus) Suicide Amongst Adolescence With Eating Disorders. The 8th State of the Art Adolescent Medicine Course, Hellenic American College, Athens, Greece (Summer, 2015).

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