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Με την εγγύηση και την αξιοπιστία της αμερικανικής και βρετανικής εκπαιδευτικής κοινότητας το Τμήμα Επιστημών Υγείας του New York College προσφέρει προγράμματα αιχμής που συνδυάζουν τη θεωρητική κατάρτιση με την πρακτική εξάσκηση σε εγκεκριμένα κέντρα ψυχικής υγείας, κοινωνικής υποστήριξης, νοσοκομεία και διαγνωστικά κέντρα. Οι απόφοιτοι του Τμήματος Επιστημών Υγείας εργάζονται ως ελεύθεροι επαγγελματίες ή ως επιστημονικό προσωπικό σε ερευνητικά εργαστήρια, φαρμακοβιομηχανίες και επιχειρήσεις του κλάδου, ενώ πολλοί συνεχίζουν τις σπουδές τους σε διακεκριμένα πανεπιστήμια στο εξωτερικό.

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Dimitris Vagenos

Dimitris Vagenos, MSc, PhDc.  Mr. Vagenos is a Ph.D student of the Department of Water Resources and Environment of the National Technical University of Athens. He has obtained his Bachelor Degree in Biology in 1996 by the Biology Department of Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, U.S.A  and his Master degree as a scholarship-recipient on Biology-Microbiology in 1999 by the Biology Department of University of Long Island, New York, U.S.A. He taught Biology at the University of Long Island Adjunct Faculty Member of the Biology Department Faculty as well as a Biology Instructor to children with special needs at Legacy High School, New York, U.S.A. In 2013 he was accepted for Ph.D studies to the Department of Water Resources and Environment of the National Technical University of Athens. Presently, he writes his Ph.D thesis titled: “Study of the cyanobacterial photosynthesis: Source of energy friendly to the environment”. His experiments for his Ph.D are performed in the labs of the Biology Department of the National Centre for Scientific Research, “DEMOKRITOS”, Agia Paraskevi, Greece. In 2015, he was a member of the organizing committee of the international conference “Photosynthesis Research for Sustainability – 2015” Chania, Greece. He has presented his experimental work to conferences. Currently, he teaches an undergraduate course in Biology at New York College.

Dr. Alexandra Thanellou

Alexandra holds an MA and a PhD in Experimental Psychology/Behaviour Neuroscience from the University of Vermont, USA.  Alexandra held a Post-doctoral research position at the Department of Systems Neuroscience at University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), Hamburg, Germany, and was a research assistant for the Psychology Department at the University of Vermont. In addition to her teaching, Alexandra is also a mental health counsellor at KETHEA (Diavasi), where she leads self-help groups for parents whose children are members of the therapeutic program.  She has also held a post as assistant clinical psychologist at Sinouri psychiatric clinic in Athens. Alexandra is currently completing further professional training as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist.

Dr. Antonia Svensson

Antonia holds a PhD 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.  Apart from heading the Psychology Department, 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.)  Dr Svensson was previously a researcher for the National School of Public Health in Athens, where she was involved in research on intergenerational relationships funded by the 5th Framework of the European Commission.  Furthermore she was involved as a Project Evaluator/Researcher at Anglia University, Cambridge, where she conducted 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. Dr Svensson is a Licensed Psychologist and also a Dance Movement Therapist specialising in work with children, women and vulnerable populations.

Dr. Antonis Vadolas

Antonis BSc in Psychology from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, MA in Community Care (learning disabilities) and PhD in Psychoanalysis at the University of Middlesex, UK. In 2014 Antonis completed the four year UKCP accredited clinical training programme in psychoanalysis at the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research in London. Antonis has extensive teaching experience and has published several articles and books in the fields of psychoanalytic psychology. He is a Graduate member of British Psychological Society a licenced psychologist under the Greek state. 

Dr. Athanasia Spandidos

Dr. Athanasia Spandidos after receiving a First Class Honours Degree from the University of Glasgow, Scotland in Medical Biochemistry in 1998 was accepted at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology (one of the most renowned Molecular Biology laboratories in the world which has attracted 10 Nobel prizes) in Cambridge, England and received her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 2002. She was asked to stay at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology for an additional two years as a Research Associate (Postdoctoral Fellow) from 2002-2003. Dr. Spandidos was accepted and worked as a Research Associate (Postdoctoral Fellow) at the Department of Molecular Biology and in the Center for Computational and Integrative Biology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, U.S.A. for almost 6 years (Jan 2004 – Sep 2009). Dr. Spandidos is currently a Research Collaborator at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Medical School since 2010. Dr. Spandidos since October 2009 has been working as Deputy Editor at International Journal of Oncology, Oncology Reports, International Journal of Molecular Medicine, Molecular Medicine Reports, Oncology Letters, Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine, Molecular and Clinical Oncology and Biomedical Reports. In addition, since October 2015, Dr. Spandidos has been a Faculty Member at the University of Greenwich, Athens (New York College, Athens). Dr. Spandidos is also Guest Professor at Shandong University, China, and has given invited lectures at various international conferences and at renowned Universities around the world. Dr. Spandidos’s publications have received more than 500 citations.

Dr. Giannis Arnaoutis

Dr. Giannis Arnaoutis, M.Sc, PhD in Sports Nutrition. Dr. Arnaoutis is a Post-doc student of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics of Harokopio University. He has obtained his Bachelor degree on Physical Education in 2003 and his Master degree on Applied Nutrition and Dietetics (Sports Nutrition) in 2006, by the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, of Harokopio University, Athens, Greece. A year later he was accepted for PhD studies on the “Effects of hydration status on cardiovascular function and athletic performance”. He obtained his PhDin 2012. He has numerous publications in international peer-reviewed journals, 2 book chapters, 14 presentations (4 oral, 10 posters) at international and 2 presentations at national scientific meetings. Also in 2012 he received the 1st Young Researcher Award in the Hydration for Health Congress for his project: “The Effect of Hydration Status on Endothelium Function”. Currently he is a research assistant in the Department of Nutrition & Dietetics, and teaches graduate and post-graduate courses of Nutrition and Dietetics at Harokopio University and New York College.

Dr. Ioannis Bratsos

Ioannis graduated from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece), obtaining the BSc Degree of Chemistry in 2000. The same year he was awarded with a four-year fellowship from National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos” (Athens, Greece) for graduate studies. He received his MSc (2003) and PhD (2005) in Bioinorganic Chemistry, both with honors, from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. From 2005 to 2011, with a break in 2008 to accomplish his military service, he worked at the University of Trieste (Department of Chemical Sciences, Italy) as Postdoctoral Researcher. Since 2012, he is working as a Research Associate at the NCSR “Demokritos”, Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (INN), in the lab of Chemical Biology of Natural Products and Designed Molecules. During his research career, either as graduate student or as postdoctoral fellow, he visited top class European laboratories, including CERΜ (University of Florence, Italy) and Gorlaeus Laboratorium (Leiden University, The Netherlands) and worked under the supervision of well-recognized researchers. He is an active researcher. His research interests and experience is focused mainly on Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry (development of novel metal based drugs). He has also good experience in Organic Synthesis, whereas currently his interest has shifted also to Materials (development of novel advanced microporous materials, i.e. metal organic frameworks (MOFs), for gas storage and separation). His work has led to the publication of 24 peer-reviewed articles in highly respected international journals, he is the co-author of a chapter in a book entitled “Bioinorganic Medicinal Chemistry", and co-inventor of an Italian patent dealing with novel ruthenium complexes as potential antitumor agents. At a recent count (Scopus 10/03/2016), he had 635 citations and an h-index factor of 12. In addition he has attended 20 international and national conferences, in which he gave 7 oral presentations and presented more than 10 posters. He has also been appointed by several international publishers, including Elsevier, American Chemical Society, Royal Society of Chemistry etc, to serve as referee to scientific articles. Ioannis has supervised several undergraduate and postgraduate students and has been the co-advisor of three undergraduate theses and three MSc dissertations. During the 2008-2009 school yearhe worked as hourly waged teacher of chemistry at the 40th General Lyceum of Athens (Grava). He joined New York College in 2015 and since then he is the laboratory instructor of the course “Chemistry Laboratory Skills”.

Dr. Marsha Koletsi

Marsha holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Crete and a PhD from the University of Sheffield. Marsha specialized in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the Psychiatric Department of the Medical School of St. George's Hospital in London, UK. She worked as a psychologist in the National Health Service (UK), at the Counselling Centre of the University of Sheffield and in the Eating Disorders Unit for the Medical Centre of the University of Sheffield. She has extensive research and clinical experience and is a licensed psychologist-psychotherapist in private practice. Dr Koletsi is an accredited clinical supervisor from the British Psychological Society and since 2015 she supervises the University of Bolton MSc CBP students’ clinical training. 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. Mina Chiona

Mina graduated with a BS from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and subsequently continued her studies to some of the most prestigious universities in the USA: MS in Exercise Physiology from Queens College, Flushing, New York, PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Florida, Florida, as well as she completed a post-doc at the Stanford University in California where she worked in Stem Cell Biology/Cardiovascular Research. Mina has taught in the USA in undergraduate and graduate programmes, and she has numerous publications in prestigious medical journals. In particular, one of her articles was in the top-10 most cited article published in the journal Experimental Gerontology during  the period 2008-2010: Hiona A, Leeuwenburgh C. The role of mitochondrial DNA mutations in aging and sarcopenia: Implications for the mitochondrial vicious cycle theory of aging. Exp Gerontol. 2008 Jan;43(1):24-33. She has a long experience in lab research in addition to her teaching expertise.

Dr. Natasha Soureti

Natasha holds a PhD from Vrije University, Amsterdam, an MSc in Organisational Psychology and an MSc in Health Psychology from the City University, UK. Natasha 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. Natasha is trained in Cognitive Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). She has worked 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, setting-up smoking cessation clinics in East London. She has numerous publications in scientific journals and is continuously involved in research projects and academia. 

Dr. Nikos Katsaros

Dr Nikos Katsaros has a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Athens and a M.Sc. and a Ph.D from the University of Massachusetts (USA).He was appointed Assistant Prof. in the University of Southern Georgia(USA). Upon his return to Greece he was appointed Senior Research Scientist at the Nuclear Research Center Demokritos and later he was promoted to Director of Research at the National Center of Scientific Research Demokritos. He served as a Director of Graduate Studies at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of NCRS Demokritos for more than 15 years. His research interests are in Inorganic Biochemistry, Food Chemistry, Food Safety, Radiochemistry, Chemistry of the Environment, Toxic Waste Management. He published more than 150 papers in International Journals and participated in more than 200 National and International Conferences. He participated in Advisory Bodies and he has organized as a Chairman or as a Committee Member more than 100 national or International Conferences all over the world. He taught at the University of Maryland and at the Graduate Schools of the University of Ioannina, Kapodistrian University of Athens, University of Patras and in the undergraduate science programme of Deree College. He served as a Secretary of Research at and Technology in the Ministry of Development, as a President of the Hellenic Food Authority (EFET)in the Ministry of Development, President of the National Industrial Metallurgical Center for Research and Development, Member of the Administrative Council of the National Center of Agricultural Research, member of the National Council of Graduate Studies and Scientific Research in the Ministry of Education, National Representative of the European Union Organization COST (Coordination in Science and Technology), Special Advisor to the Ministry of the Environment, National Representative at the Committee of EU of Research Policy (CREST), National Representative on the 4th Framework programme of the EU in Food and Agriculture, National Representative at the European Food Safety Authority and Representative in UNESCO in the Committee for the Development in Science and Technology in SouthEastern European Countries. He was also four times President of the Greek Chemical Society, Member of the Executive Committee of the Federation of European Chemical Societies, Secretary of the Chemical Societies of SouthEastern European Countries, and Vice President of the Greek Consumers Association. He is scientific advisor to Greek Federation of Restaurant Owners and Related Professions, the Chefs Federation of Greece, and the Association of Bakers of the Greater Athens Area. He published more than 1000 articles in Greek newspapers and gave more than 1000 interviews to the Greek Mass Media during the last four years. His activities are concentrated mainly in food safety and the Mediterranean Diet. He is Head of the Department of Human Nutrition at New York College in Athens. He is also Vice-President of New York College.

Dr. Panagiota Tsioli

Dr. Panagiota Tsioli: Biologist PhD, M.Sc, 1st Department of Pathology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Laiko General Hospital. As a Biologist PhD, M.Sc in National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Laiko Hospital and a research collaborator in the Department of Experimental Physiology, Medical School, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens Dr. Tsioli supervises under graduate, M.Sc and PhD students. Her research primary goal is to understand the molecular basis of cancer and gain insight into signal transduction pathways inducing cancer cell growth and death. The long-term goal is to identify novel targets that can be translated into new therapeutic approaches for cancer patients. The team’s research data through integration of functional and clinical data could lead to identification of altered signaling pathways in different type of cancers and establishment of prognostic and predictive markers. Through development of genetically engineered mouse models new mechanistic and novel target therapeutics could be tested and define specific interventional molecules for targeted therapies. These could be the basis for individualized treatment strategies.

Dr. Vaia Lestou

Vaia holds an MA (Hons) in Psychology and a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from Glasgow University, Scotland.  She has also completed the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Training programme of the Institute of Behavioral Research and Therapy in Athens. Vaia is a psychologist-research scientist at Evangelismos Hospital focusing on integrated psychological therapy for schizophrenia and group intervention.  Concurrently she also provides therapy at the First Psychiatric Ward, at Eginitio Hospital, University of Athens. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at Birmingham University Imaging Centre (BUIC) & School of Psychology, University of Birmingham.  She is also an academic reviewer for the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Journal of Vision and Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Human Perception and Performance.  Vaia has many publications in Scientific Journals and has presented in numerous conferences.  She is a professional member of the Society for Neuroscience; the Cognitive Neuroscience Society; and the Vision Sciences Society.

Dr. Vasiliki Varela

Vasiliki holds a BSc (Hons) in Psychology at the University of East London, an MSc in Social Psychology at the London School of Economics (LSE).  In 2007, Vicky completed her PhD at University College London’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, researching episodic memory retrieval in young eyewitnesses. She completed her post-doctoral training at the prestigious University of Cambridge (in Developmental Psychology) and has since been working as a university lecturer on the subjects of Developmental, Cognitive, Forensic Psychology and Neuropsychology, as well as Research Methods and Statistics. Her research interests 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.  

Mr. Dimitris Katakis

Dimitris holds a MA in Educational Psychology, a Graduate Certificate in Psychology, an MSc in Child Development and an MA in Clinical-Counselling Psychology. Dimitris has worked as a teacher in Athens and London and as a Diplomat (Educational Attaché) in the Education Department of the Greek Embassy in London. He has also provided counselling and support to adolescents in the Greek Secondary School of London. Since 2011 Dimitris has been employed at the Suicide Prevention Centre (Klimaka) in Athens as a CBT therapist (Cognitive Bevarioural Therapist), and is an instructor for the University of Bolton MSc in CBP programme at New York College as well as acting as external supervisor for MSc placements.

Mr. Dimitris Panagiotopoulos

Dimitris holds an MA (Hons) in Philosophy from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, and an MSc in Counselling Studies at University of Abertay Dundee, Scotland.  He also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Consciousness and Transpersonal Psychology, which is one of his main areas of interest and research.  Dimitris has been teaching at NYC for a number of years and is a core member of the NYC faculty. His passion for teaching, as well as the individual attention he gives to his students make him one of the most popular instructors within the Psychology Department. In 2018 he won a faculty award for Teaching Excellence, for the second time.

Mr. Dimitris Tsiakos

Dimitris holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Crete, and numerous other degrees including an MSc in Basic and Applied Cognitive Science and a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision from the University of Derby. Dimitris is the owner and Clinical Director of the Center for Contemporary Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis in Palaio Faliro. He is an experienced psychotherapist, trainer and clinical supervisor, practicing individual Cognitive Analytic Therapist and group psychotherapist. He has completed training in group therapy at the Yalom Institute of Psychotherapy in the USA.

Ms. Chryssanthi Andronoglou

Chryssanthi holds a BSc Psychology, MSc in Clinical Neuropsychology from the Medical School- Kapodistrian University of Athens, MSc in Developmental Neuropsychology from the University of Essex. Chryssanthi is currently studying for her PhD with the University of Nicosia, and is a licensed Psychologist, Developmental and Clinical Neuropsychologist and experienced lecturer focusing on Neuropsychology, Therapy, Intervention and Special Needs. She also has experience of teaching Statistics & Experimental Design and Research Methods with SPSS, for which she has developed a relevant practice manual. She is a Member of the International Neuropsychological Society and Member of the Greek Society of Neuropsychologists.

Ms. Katerina Karageorgou

Katerina is a PhD candidate in Political Psychology at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences. She gained her first Masters (Professional) in Clinical Psychology & Psychopathology from Paris V-Descartes University, a second Masters (Research) in Clinical Sociology & Psychosociology from Paris VII-Diderot University and a Bachelors in Psychology from Panteion University. She is a licensed psychologist both in Greece and France. Katerina has worked amongst others with children in numerous public and private settings in Paris and Athens. Ms Karageorgou is the NYC Student Counsellor, offering short-term consultation and longer-term individual counseling sessions to students.

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.

Ms. Nektaria Pouli

Nektaria holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Crete, an MSc in Health Psychology from Kings College/ UCL, London, and an MA in Counselling Studies from the University of Durham, UK. Between 2012 and 2014 Nektaria held the post of Research Associate at the School of Medical Sciences at the University of Nottingham, UK. Nektaria has published articles in the fields of health and counseling psychology and she is a Graduate member of British Psychological Society, a licenced psychologist under the Greek state, and has her own private practice as a counselling psychologist.