Activities

Collaborations

George Mason University & James Madison University, Virginia, USA

University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece

University of Crete, Rethymno, Greece

University of the Aegean, Lesvos, Greece

Greek Ministry of Education

Greek Ministry of Health

General Hospitals in Thessaloniki

Cancer Patients’ Association in Macedonia and Thrace

Multiple Sclerosis Society, Thessaloniki Chapter

Grants

Continuing Education programs sponsored by the Ministry of Health

2002-03 Continuing Education program for nursing staff

«Psychological support of cancer patients and their families» at Theageneio Hospital Thessaloniki

Health Promotion Programs in Elementary Schools sponsored by the Ministry of Education

2002-2005 Diversity sensitization program in greek schools

Organization of the program “Learning to live with diversity” pertaining  to the instruction of primary school students in related to diversity and overcoming prejudice in the areas of ethnic origin, religion, gender and  disability.

In collaboration with:

  • the Office of Health Promotion in Primary Education, Thessaloniki (Eastern Division, Sofia Xatzinikolaou),
  • the Department of Psychology, University of Crete (prof. Sofia Trilivas)
  • the Hellenic Society for Multiple Sclerosis
  • the National Organization of the Blind
  • the North-Hellenic Society for Cerebral Palsy

2006-07 Loss and mourning in the life of children

Experiential training for teachers and students in primary schools regarding the process of loss in the lives of children.

Organized by the Office of Health Promotion in Primary Education, Thessaloniki ( Sofia Hatzinikolaou) in collaboration with SEIRIOS Center for Information and Prevention of substance use.

Research

2010-12 Research project regarding the existing practices in Greek schools against discrimination and racism

Sponsored by the Ministry of Education, organized by I-Red in collaboration with the University of Crete and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

2005 Sponsored by the Ministry of Education, organized by I-Red in collaboration with the University of Crete and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

In collaboration with the Military Hospital of Thessaloniki.

2003 Cross cultural study on correlates of early childhood experiences, later substance use and psychological symptoms among American and Greek college students

In collaboration with Prof. Anastasia Kitsantas, Ph.D., George Mason University

2002 Participation in the cross cultural study on alcohol use among college students in Greece and USA

In collaboration with Prof. Anastasia Kitsantas, Ph.D., George Mason University

2002 Organization of a multicenter research project about the quality of life in patients with renal failure

In collaboration with  AHEPA Hospital of Thessaloniki, the Hospital of Veroia and the University Hospital of Ioannina.

2002 Participation in the European study “EUROTEACH”

Occupational stress in Greek  teachers (in collaboration with Georgia Pomaki).

Conferences

May 2001 Workshop of Nancy McWilliams, Ph.D. Rutgers University, USA titled “Personality Disorders of the Postmodern Age: Psychopathy and Narcissism as Contemporary Clinical Challenges”

Organization of the 17th conference of the European Health Psychology Society in Kos, Greece, September 24-27, 2003.

Please click here to see the program of the conference.

Intensive course in health psychology

This one week intensive course is a collaborative effort on the part of the Graduate School of Education, the Department of Psychology at George Mason University and the Hellenic Institute of Psychology and Health, Thessaloniki, Greece. You will have a truly unique opportunity to interact with students from the U.S. as you explore issues related to health psychology in a multicultural setting. The course takes place every year in June at Gerakina Beach Hotel in Halkidiki.

This course is open to both undergraduate and graduate students, and is of special interest to psychology students.

Teachers in-service training

Novel educational materials pertaining to

  • experiential learning and the empowerment of teachers
  • sensitization to diversity
  • coping with grief and loss

Sensitization to diversity

A 3-year long experiential program with a total of 100 kindergarten teachers

Coping with loss and grief at school

Numerous presentations and experiential workshops for primary school teachers

Understanding children’s aggressive behaviors at school

How to help 7-year- olds understand emotions

Events

Colloquium “Myself and the Other”

In collaboration with the Unesco Chair of the University of Macedonia (May 9, 2014).

Colloquium “Loss and grief in primary school children: The role of the teacher”

In collaboration with the Unesco Chair of the University of Macedonia and the World Organisation for Early Childhood Education, Thessaloniki Chapter (November 16, 2016).

Patient support groups

2000-02 Individual sessions for patients with multiple sclerosis for psychological support (therapist Rama Shadmon).

Invited by the National Society of Multiple Sclerosis.

2003-04 Organization of psychological support groups for cancer patients invited by the Society of Cancer Patients in Macedonia and Thrace in collaboration with Gestalt Foundation, Center for Psychotherapy and Training in Thessaloniki.