The MPhil/Innovation in Psychology programme is aimed at psychology graduates who seek to develop in depth knowledge in a specific area of psychology and produce research to a high level of academic achievement.
Interested candidates can select topics that fall under the areas of expertise of the NYC faculty. A wide range of research areas within psychology and psychotherapy can be supervised. There are many highly qualified, experienced and research active faculty in the NYC Department of Psychology. You can read about them in the NYC Psychology Newsletter
MPhil / PhD students are invited to contribute to the departmental seminar series, thus helping them to advance their presentation and networking skills.
As a first stage to the MPhil programme, New York College offers a ‘taught component’, which constitutes a preparation phase with tutorials and workshops, conducted every second weekend of the month (Saturday and Sunday, 10am -5.30pm). The taught component aims at refreshing students’ research skills and assisting them in preparing their MPhil application, proposal and –ultimately-dissertation.
The minimum period of study for the MPhil is 1.5 years (3 years part-time).
Local Programme Manager
Head of the Psychology Department: Dr. Antonia Svensson Dianellou
Antonia holds a PhD and BSc in Psychology from Goldsmiths University of London (Unit for School and Family Studies) and an MSc in Health Psychology from the University of Surrey, UK. In 2002 she completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Dance Movement Therapy at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. Apart from heading the Psychology Department since 2015, and her teaching responsibilities at NYC, she is also the International Organiser of ISPS (a global organization with presence in over 20 countries and a history of 50 years. It is composed of the leading international professionals, service providers and academics in the field of psycho-social intervention, and organizes conferences, awareness campaigns, and training at national, regional and local levels around the world.) Between 2003 and 2006 Antonia conducted research on intergenerational relationships for the National School of Public Health in Athens, funded by the 5th Framework of the European Commission. Before that she worked as a researcher at Anglia University, Cambridge, where she led a two-year evaluation of the international project Mistral to improve the employment opportunities of people with mental health problems, physical and learning disabilities; a project funded by the European Social Fund. Antonia is a licensed Psychologist under Greek law and an experienced counselor-Dance Movement Therapist specialising in work with children, women and vulnerable populations. She oversees the running of all psychology and counseling programmes offered at NYC as well as the Student Counseling Service.
Dr Agathi Lakioti
Agathi Lakioti, PhD is a specialist in Positive Psychology. She has a degree in Psychology from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, an MSc in Person-centred counselling, and a doctorate from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences. Her doctoral research focused on psychotherapy as a “resilience enhancing” factor. From 2016-2018 she participated in the HOPEs EU funded programme (Erasmus+) to introduce Positive Psychology and character education in schools. Dr Lakioti has worked for 3 years as a psychologist providing counselling and psychotherapy for the mobile Mental Health Unit (EPAPSY) in the Cyclades, on the islands of Tinos and Andros. She also has many years of experience working as a counsellor for the Employee Assistance Programme of Hellas EAP Ltd. and as a Psychologist offering psychoeducational seminars for parents of children with autism and for social empowerment programmes aimed at increasing the access and participation of women in the labour market.
Ms Nefeli Koskina:
Nefeli holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Crete, a Postgraduate diploma in Practice-based Play Therapy from Canterbury Christchurch University, PGDip. in person centred counselling and an MA in Counselling Psychology from the University of Athens. Nefeli works in Private Practice as a Play Therapist working with children and adolescents, and as a Counselling Psychologist with individual adult clients. She is the author of a book on Developmental Psychopathology, with a focus on autism, ADHD, conduct and anxiety disorders in children. Until recently she worked for the Institute of Education and Lifelong Learning (Ι.ΝΕ.ΔΙ.ΒΙ.Μ.), affiliated to the Ministry of Education as a “Trainer”, leading parent groups in schools, offering guidance and empowering parents. In addition, she has published journal articles and presented at conferences on eating disorders, attachment status and resilience in children.
Dr. Marsha Koletsi:
Marsha earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Crete and was awarded her PhD from the University of Sheffield, having received a scholarship for her studies. She has been trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and in 2006, she completed her 3-year post-doctoral fellowship in the Psychiatry Department of the Medical School of St. George's Hospital in London, UK. She has studied the quality of life and independence of people with severe mental illness through supported employment. She has worked as a psychologist in the National Health Service (UK) in the Mental Health section, at the Counselling Centre of the University of Sheffield, in the Eating Disorders Unit for the Medical Centre of the University of Sheffield. She has experience as an examiner for Edexcel foundation programmes. She has extensive research and clinical experience with people suffering from various disorders and she is currently working as a licensed psychologist-psychotherapist at her private Counselling Centre. Furthermore, Marsha is an accredited clinical supervisor from the British Psychological Society and since 2015 she supervises the University of Bolton MSc CBT students’ clinical training (running the internal supervision group). She also recently became an accredited Parent Effectiveness Trainer. She has taught on various franchised programs of UK Universities at undergraduate and postgraduate level, she has also served as the Head of a Psychology Department in the past. She has participated in various seminars, guest lectures, written book reviews and taken part in radio and TV shows. In 2014, she co-authored a book on clinical assessment in counseling. She is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Member of the Eating Disorders Association, Member of the Greek Psychological Society and the Hellenic Psychological society.
Dr. Natasha Soureti:
Natasha holds a PhD from Vrije University, Amsterdam and an MSc in Organisational Psychology, as well as an MSc in Health Psychology from the City University, UK, where she also acted as research assistant and visiting lecturer in 2002. She has extensive experience in the area of Health psychology and health behaviour change projects, and is co-ordinator of the stop smoking program “Living without smoking” in Athens (www.quit-smoking.gr), a behaviouraly based program with the optional use of pharmacotherapy. She has trained in Cognitive Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). Her work experience includes working for Unilever R&D in the UK as a behaviour change health Psychologist, and for Bart’s & the London Queen’s Mary School of Medicine & Dentistry, as a research health psychologist, where among her many responsibilities she helped in setting-up smoking cessation clinics in East London. She has numerous publications in scientific journals and is continuously involved in research projects and academia. Natasha is one of the three instructors who share the teaching of the modules Applications of CBT 1, 2 and 3. She is much appreciated by her students for her approachability and supportive style. As MSc CBT dissertation supervisor she assists students in continuing their research efforts by preparing articles for publication and presenting their papers in conferences related to their specific subject area.
Dr. Vasiliki Varela:
Vicky earned her BSc (Hons) in Psychology at the University of East London, and went on to earn her MSc in Social Psychology at the London School of Economics (LSE). In 2007, she completed her Ph.D. at University College London’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, researching episodic memory retrieval in young eyewitnesses. She completed her post-doctoral training at Cambridge University (in Developmental Psychology) and is since working as a university lecturer on the subjects of Developmental, Cognitive, Forensic Psychology and Neuropsychology, as well as Research Methods and Statistics. She joined the NYC faculty in Fall 2015. Her research interests in psychology include cognitive neuroscience, decision-making, models, systems and pathologies of memory, attentional processes, language acquisition and disorders, applications of psychology in forensic settings and music perception. Vicky teaches research methods at undergraduate level, and the module ‘Principles and Concepts in Research Design’ on the MSc CBT programme, and is well-liked by her students for her enthusiasm and for being able to teach complex topics such as statistics and the use of SPSS, in a simple and meaningful way to her students.
Graduates of the course can pursue career opportunities in various fields of Psychology, or upgrade and continue to PhD level studies.