Our Team

Executive Board Members

Stalikas Anastasios, Ph.D. - President

Dr. Stalikas Anastasios is the founder and President of the Hellenic Association of Positive Psychology. He has been employed as a Psychology Professor in McGill University, University of Athens and Cretan University. From 1998 until today he works as a Psychology Professor in Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences. His research interests include variables from clinical, consulting and organizational psychology, while he specializes in methodology and statistics. He has published several articles in major international and national journals. He is the author of a large number of scientific psychology books. He is an active member of psychological associations such as the American Psychological Association, the Canadian Psychological Association, the Ordres des Psychologues du Québec, the Society for psychotherapy Research and the Greek National Psychology Association.

Dr. Galanakis Michael completed his studies in Psychology, at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, at the department of Philosophy, Pedagogic and Psychology in 1999. He holds a Masters Degree (MSc) in Economical and Organizational Psychology from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (2003). In 2009 he received his PhD in Organizational Psychology from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences. His research interests include topics such as occupational stress, team effectiveness, motivation, job satisfaction and professional behavior. He has participated in several major psychological conferences in Greece and abroad. He has also published several prototype research projects in scientific journals such as “Stress and Health”, and “Psychology”. He is a member of the International Association of Applied Psychology since 2008 and of the Greek Personnel Management Association since 2008.

Mitskidou Paschalia, Ph.D. - Treasurer

Paschalia M. Mitskidou, received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology  from the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens, Greece, in 2008. Dr. Mitskidou is an accredited cognitive-behavioural psychotherapist and has mainly been working on anxiety disorders in the private sector since 1996. She is a member of the European and Greek Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, of the Hellenic Psychological Society and a foundation member of the Hellenic Association of Positive Psychology. She has been collaborating with the University Mental Health Research Institute and the A΄ Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Athens, the Behavioural Therapy Unit of the Centre of Mental Health and Research and the Institute of Behavioural Research and Therapy as a trainer and supervisor for post-graduate students. She regularly presents workshops on Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for anxiety disorders and their treatment at regional conferences. She has published many papers in international and Greek journals and chapters in books on anxiety disorders and cognitive-behavioural psychotherapy. She is also the editor of the first book published on positive psychology in Greece, titled  “Introduction in Positive Psychology”. The book “Me and the Others: The therapy of social difficulties and phobias” is her first personal attempt.

Dr. Boutri is co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Association for Positive Psychology, as well as instructor for the Diploma in Positive Psychology. Since 2003 she has worked as a clinical psychologist, a psychotherapist and a psychology professor in various institutions. Currently she belongs to the scientific personnel of Pan. & Aglaia Kyriakou Chlidren’s Hospital and maintains her private practice. She has published several articles in scientific journals and chapters in collective volumes, she is the author of the book “Emotion in Psychotherapy” and editor of the book “Positive Psychology and Psychotherapy” (in press).

Dr. Diodora Dimitriadou is an Organizational Psychologist, fοunding member of the Hellenic Association of Positive Psychology. She teaches at the Positive Psychology Diploma of the Hellenic Association of Positive Psychology and she has taught courses on Positive Psychology, Organizational Psychology, Research Methods, Psychometrics and Statistics at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences and at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She is an author in publications such as “Introduction to Positive Psychology”, has participated in many conventions and is currently involved in research on positive psychology and psychometrics.

Antigoni Mertika PhD. is a founding member and member to the Board of HAPP. She also serves as our training program coordinator. She studied in Greece and in New York (Teachers College, Columbia University). She holds a doctorate in Psychology, a M.A. in Organistional Psychology and a M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology. She is also a trained Gestalt psychotherapist (member of the EAGT). She works as a Clinical Psychologist since 2003 in the public sector and in private practice. She has published articles and book chapters and she has co-authored the book “ Psychotherapy issues: The Therapeutic Alliance ” (2004). Her research interests range from the psychotherapeutic process to gender issues and supporting families with children with ASD. She’s currently involved in research regarding positive parenting and the applications of Positive Psychology in psychotherapy.

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Scientific Associates

Benetou Anny, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Anny Benetou is a Counselling Psychologist (Msc). Her doctoral thesis focused on savoring interventions and their impact on positive emotions and happiness. She has collaborated with different organizations in Greece and abroad ( NGO Merimna, the Council of Europe, the University of Athens, Doukas schools, OMEP et al.) organizing keynote speeches and/or experiential workshops in personal development and positive psychology. Since 2008 she is the country representative for Greece in the European Network for Positive Psychology. She is a trainer of the Hellenic Association for Positive Psychology for the Diploma.

Charalambous Vicky, M.Sc.

Vicky Charalambous is a PhD candidate of Positive Psychology, a member of the research team of Dr. Stalikas. She mainly deals with trainings and applications of positive psychology in the workplace, in schools, teachers, parents, children and adolescents and Positive Psychology Coaching. She is currently participating as a partner in two European programmes (Erasmus +): 1) EAGLES, which relates to strengthening young unemployed through enhancing positivity and resilience levels and other skills useful for finding a job and; 2) HOPEs (Happiness, Positivity, Optimism and Ethos in schools), which aims to enhance positivity and good character of both, teachers and students. She is a member of the Greek Society of Positive Psychology since 2009, participating in conferences, workshops and writing a chapter for the book "Introduction to Positive Psychology" (Topos, 2011). She is also the coordinator of the Master’s Programme "Creative Arts & Animation" at Global College, has worked as a lecturer in Organisational Psychology at the European University Cyprus and HR executive.

Karakasidou Eirini, M.Sc, Ph.D.c.

Eirini earned a B.A in Psychology from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens and a M.Sc. in Sport Psychology from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She is a Ph. D student in the Department of Psychology at Panteion University. Currently, she teaches Research Methods at a graduate level at the Department of Psychology at Panteion University and is a lecturer at ICPS College, where she teaches sport psychology. She has been trained as behavioral psychotherapist in the University Mental Health Research Institute and currently she’s been trained in existential psychotherapy. She is an active researcher in the field of sport and positive psychology. She has also actively pursued research in the field of psychometric tools construction and research methodology.

Koudigkeli Fani, M.Sc., Ph.D.c.

Fani Koudigkeli is a Special Education teacher now working as Educational Counsellor of Primary Education in the 3rd district of Fthiotida. She is a founding member of the Hellenic Association of Positive Psychology and is completing her doctoral thesis at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Department of Psychology. She has obtained a Master in “School Psychology” from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and she also has a diploma of a Drama School in Athens. Moreover, she has specialized as an animator of Dramatic Play at “Association artistique d’ expression theatrale et educative” in Athens. She has attended numerous seminars and has participated in many conferences as a speaker. Her research’s interests are mainly in the field of Positive Psychology and its application in the educational process. Specifically, she deals with the study of the role of positive emotions, resilience, stress and coping strategies, teachers’ burnout, dramatic play in education and many other experiencing activities in the educational procedure.

Dr. Agathi Lakioti is a founding member of the Hellenic Association of Positive Psychology and a trainer at the association’s Diploma in Positive Psychology. She has studied Business Administration and Psychology in Athens. She also holds a M.Sc. in Person-Centred Counseling Psychology and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences. She works privately as a Counselling Psychologist – Psychotherapist and supervisor and she is a trainer and supervisor in the Person-Centred Approach. She teaches positive psychology, research methodology and counseling ethics in undergraduate and post-graduate programs. Her research interests are focused on resilience and on the process and outcome of psychotherapy.

Pezirkianidis Christos, M.Sc, Ph.D.c.

Mr. Pezirkianidis is a member of the research team of Mr. Stalikas, who is the supervisor professor of his doctoral thesis. His research efforts are focused in the areas of Positive Psychology, Advisory and Psychometrics, focusing on variables related to adult friendship relationships, wellbeing, character strengths and unemployment. He participates as a researcher at the European EAGLES program about unemployment among young people and he works as a psychologist in the Greek Airforce on the reformation of the Armed Forces selection system.

Antonios A. Tsirikos is mental health officer at Hellenic Navy, working as a clinical psychologist at naval hospital settings.  His main interest involves the psychological factors contributing  on organic diseases. He has been mainly collaborating with cardiologists in order to enhance the efficiency of rehabilitation programs, and study specific psychotherapeutic practices on this population.

Yotsidi Vasiliki, Ph.D.

Dr. Vasiliki Yotsidi earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Panteion and she is specialized in Psychodynamic / Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Counselling. She graduated from the Department of Psychology of the University of Athens and she holds two Master degrees in Counselling Psychology and in Social Exclusion & Minorities. She is founding member of the Hellenic Association of Positive Psychology and a trainer at the Diploma in Positive Psychology. She is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at the School of Pedagogical and Technological Education (ASPETE). She has a 20-year clinical experience at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Unit of the Mental Health Institute for Children and Adults, the State Psychiatric Hospital of Attica “Dromokaitio”, and in private practice. She has participated in EU expert-groups while she was Head of the Drug Demand Reduction Section of the University Mental Health Research Institute. Since 2000, she has been a Research Associate at the Society of Social Psychiatry and Mental Health. She has published the book “Resistance in Psychotherapy” as well as scientific articles and given numerous lectures in conferences.

Katerina Zymnis Georgalos works in private practice with individuals, families and groups. She is a founding member at the Hellenic Association of Positive Psychology and teaches at the the association’s Diploma in Positive Psychology. Katerina works as a coach and consultant in private multinational companies offering seminars and workshops in stress management and personal development. She teaches at post graduate programs at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, at the University of Thessalia, and at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens. She is a founding member, supervisor  and trainer at the Greek Society for Existential Psychology,gignesthai. She is a member of Dr Stalikas’ doctoral students’ group at Panteion University . Her area of research is the process and outcome of psychotherapy.

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