Psychology Research Profile

Short Profile

Hellenic American University offers a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Science in Psychology with two concentrations: Clinical Psychology and Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Adhering to the scholar-practitioner orientation, students of the Psychology program are expected to become competent both in their understanding of human behavior, clinical and counseling skills as well as implementing collection, analysis and presentation of research data. Students are encouraged to integrate science into practice as they develop this philosophy and identity as psychologists and practitioners. Therefore, trainees engage into faculty research projects, develop their individual research interests and ideas and receive testing and assessment training throughout the program.

Research Profile

The research team of the Psychology Department has solid research experience in quantitative and qualitative methodologies with a variety of research interests such as psychotherapy practice and training, social responsibility, social psychology, health psychology, marriage and family issues, volunteerism, and clinical issues such as addictions, suicide, depression, eating disorders and anxiety disorders.

The Psychology Department’s research goals are to:

  • Provide high-quality training with a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary focus, in which research and teaching are closely integrated and highly value.
  • Provide a collaborative environment for faculty and students that fosters intellectual curiosity and promotes research in a range of basic and applied research.
  • Serve the neighboring and larger communities through collaboration and sharing of our psychological research expertise.
  • Involve the Department’s students in research that will contribute to extending current psychological knowledge and help them to understand and enhance human functioning and potential.

Research Team

Dr. Eva Fragkiadaki is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Psychology Division at Hellenic American University. She completed her Professional Doctorate degree in Counselling Psychology at City University, London. Dr. Fragkiadaki is a clinical trainer and supervisor. As a qualitative researcher, she has worked on various projects collaborating with academics from universities in Greece, the UK and the Netherlands. Her scholarly interests range from psychotherapy process research to professional and personal development, as well as the impact of Greek crisis on mental health services and citizens’ meaning-making through narrative techniques (futuring). She has published numerous empirical and methodological papers in national and international journals and books.

Dr. Maria Koliris is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Counseling Center at Hellenic American University. Since 2004, she has cultivated an interest in mindfulness in her personal and professional life. She is the co-founder of the Athens Mindfulness Centre, co-facilitating mindfulness-based stress-reduction programs. She has an active interest in the application of mindfulness-based approaches and in qualitative research in mental health.

Dr. Stamatina Stathopoulou is an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Psychology Division of Hellenic American University and Coordinator of the Politis Program. Her research interests include attentional deficits, disability and employment, parental abuse, substance abuse in families, volunteerism, psychology and politics and ecopsychology.

Ms. Barbara Kondilis is an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Psychology Division of Hellenic American University. Her research interests include health psychology issues (e.g. health literacy, diabetes and chronic diseases), social psychology (e.g. global citizen project), applied linguistics and volunteerism. She has done collaborative research with various private and public institutions and is a past Marie Curie Fellowship recipient (2006-2008).

Dr. Anna Nikolaou is an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Psychology Division of Hellenic American University. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Essex. Her primary research interests include the anthropology of borders, the role of collective memory in the construction of collective identities, the relationship between political violence and cultural trauma, political culture and behavior, and child poverty research.

Ms Eleftheria Moustaka is an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Psychology Division of Hellenic American University. She has facilitated numerous groups and workshops on psychological treatments as well as health problems and surgical procedures. She has participated in a research project on weight loss and gastrectomy.

Dr Natalia Pliakou is an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Psychology Division of Hellenic American University. Her research interests include emotional possibilities and relational dynamics in therapy, erotic transference, father-daughter relationships, neuroscience, and women and leadership.

Current Research Projects

The research team of the Psychology Department participates in international research and development projects. Current and recent projects include:

  • 2016 – present Fragkiadaki, Koliris & Master in Psychology of Hellenic American University Students: Qualitative Research project on the Phenomenological analysis of the Experience of Ethics in Practice. The students interviewed practitioners from various disciplines on issues of ethics and receive training on the IPA (Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis) analysis of their data. The results will generate a conference presentation (Thessaloniki, May 2017) and an empirical paper.
  • 2015 – present Kondilis, B. & Stathopoulou, T. Κοινωνικά Ιατρεία (Social Clinics). Ongoing longitudinal research on the social clinic volunteers of the Elliniko Social Clinic regarding their values and self-motivation (survey and focus groups).

Indicative 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.

Koliris, M. E. & Iliopoulou M. (2016) “Mindfulness-based approaches and CBT”. As part of the CBT training program of the Medical School of University of Crete (supervisor: Dr.A.Vgontzas). Heraklion, Crete; May, 2016.

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).

Gould, G. & Pliakou, N. (2016). Quotas are not enough to eradicate ‘masculine’ boardrooms: Towards a transformational model of leadership. Gender, Work & Organization (In Press).

Koliris, M. E. (2015)Mindfulness: introduction to theory and clinical applications”. One-day conference: Contemporary Developments in CBT therapy. Psychology Department, Aristoteleion University, Thessaloniki; December 2015.

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.

Kondilis, B. & Filippou, E. (2015) Sources of health information in a sample of adults in Athens, Greece [Poster]. The 3rd European Health Literacy Conference, Brussels, Belgium (November 17-19, 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).

Fragkiadaki, E. & Triliva, S. (2014). The Therapist’s Experience of the Therapeutic Relationship at the Time of Termination in Fenton, P. T. (Ed) Psychoanalytic Theory: Perspectives, Techniques and Social Implications. Nova Science Publishers, New York.

Albanopoulos, K., Natoudi, M. Savvidis, CH., Alevizos, L., Tsamis, D., Moustaka, E., Zografos, G., Malaktari, S. & Leandros, E. (2014) «The effect of laparoscopic gastrectomy in weight loss and comorbidities of obesity: results of a 3- year monitoring program» 41st Panhellenic Conference of Endocrinology & Metabolism, Hellenic Endocrine Society, Greece, AKS Porto Heli, 14-17 Μay 2014.

Fragkiadaki, E. & Triliva, S. (2014) “Being a Researcher – Practitioner: The Role of Reflexivity in Case Study Methodology”, Paper presented for the Symposium “The Role of the Researcher’s Reflexivity in Qualitative Research” at the 5th Qualitative Research on Mental Health Conference, September 2-4, Chania, Crete.

Stathopoulou, S., Tsikni, D., & Konstas, D. (2014). Can Political Activism be traced back to personality differences. The 37th Annual Scientific of the International Society of Political Psychology: Rome, Italy: July 3-7, 2014.

Stathopoulou, S. (2014). Treatment of Adults who have been Sexually Abused as Children. The 1st Psychiatrodikastiki (Forensics) Conference in Athens, Greece: January 18, 2014.

Fragkiadaki, E., Triliva, S., Balamoutsou, S. & Prokopiou, A. (2013). The path towards a professional identity: An IPA study of Greek family therapy trainees. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research: Linking Research with Practice, 13(4), 290-299.

Triliva, S., Fragkiadaki, E., Balamoutsou, S. & Prokopiou, A. (2013). Forging Partnerships for Mental Health: The Case of a Prefecture in Crisis Ravaged Greece. European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling, 15(4), 375-390.

Stathopoulou, S. (2013). Music and Personality Characteristics, Echopolis Conference, Athens, Greece: October 3, 2013.

Stathopoulou, S. (2013). Profile of Greek Volunteers. The 14th Panhellenic Conference of Psychological Research, Alexandroupoli, Greece: May 15-19, 2013.

Fragkiadaki, E. & Strauss, S. (2012). Termination of Psychotherapy: The Journey of Ten Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Therapists through Termination of Therapy with Patients. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 85, 335-350.

Stathopoulou, T. Therapeutic Process and Recovery Techniques for the Sexually Abused People (2010). From the Book “The Cycle of Abuse”. Greek Letters.

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