ABOUT ME

Welcome to my personal website!

I am a fully qualified and licensed psychologist, with over 20 years of training and experience in academic and healthcare settings in the UK, the USA, Greece, South Africa, and Australia. I travel extensively, mostly for my research, which explores health-compromising behaviours (e.g., non-condom use, bullying, alcohol and substance use), and health-promoting behaviours (e.g., intermittent fasting and very low carbohydrate diets). Furthermore, my research has focused on the appraisal of study quality, resulting in the development of the first checklist to assess the Quality of Survey Studies in Psychology (Q-SSP).

 

My research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at international conferences.

 

I currently hold academic positions at the University of California, Merced and the University of Cape Town, South Africa. I am a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) and an Associate Fellow (AFBPsS) of the British Psychological Society (BPS). I've also been a member of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS) and the UK Society of Behavioural Medicine (UKSBM).

 

While I have prioritized my academic career, I wholeheartedly believe that the essence of being a psychologist is supporting others; offering a useful, pragmatic service to those around us. Therefore, in parallel with my academic career, I’ve trained in cognitive behavioural counselling and mindfulness, which I’ve practiced in clinical settings.

 

I am Greek. I was born in Canada and grew up in Canada and Greece, and have travelled and lived around the world for study, work, and pleasure. I come from a traditional, close-knit family, which has nevertheless given me the skills to be a strong and independent citizen of the world.

EDUCATION

PhD in Health Psychology, University of Bath, UK.

MSc in Organizational Psychology, University of Manchester, UK.

BSc in Psychology, Panteion, University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens, Greece.

Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Institute of Counselling/University of the West of Scotland.

RESEARCH INTERESTS & EXPERTISE

Study quality appraisal; Evidence syntheses; Health and risk-taking behaviours across populations and contexts; Application of psychological theory to a host of behavioural outcomes, including condom use and eating patterns; Evaluation of health promotion interventions.

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.

Nelson Mandela