RESEARCH AT THE CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY LAB
Recent research foci of the CPPL have been the following among others:
· Examination of the role of fear (fearfulness/fearlessness) vs. general negative affect (anxiety, depression) in various disorders and conditions, including anxiety disorders, disruptive behavior disorders etc. Studies conducted used psychophysiological and Virtual Reality methodologies.
· Study of the ways in which people cope with unwanted emotions such as anxiety/fear and how their efforts to end negative experiences may maintain psychopathology. Correlational studies to establish the construct validity of coping strategies such as experiential avoidance, studies of the effects of unpleasant emotions on urges to smoke and use of substances. Used questionnaire methodologies and experimental methods such as stress induction using the PASAT task.
· Study of cognitive ways of emotion regulation, such as vigilance and avoidance of emotional stimuli. Examination of the vigilance-avoidance hypothesis in Social Anxiety Disorder using the visual search paradigm. Examination of the role of self-focused attention in SAD and its relation to vigilance and avoidance and other cognitive emotion regulation strategies.
· Study of alexithymia and its relation to emotion regulation strategies such as experiential avoidance. Experimental studies of emotion deficits in alexithymia and clinical studies of its association with symptoms and well-being.
1. Panayiotou, G. (in press). Maternal neuroticism predicts social anxiety in Cypriot youth: The mediating role of child personality and anxiety sensitivity. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth pdf.
2. Panayiotou, G., Kokkinos, C. & Kapsou, M. (in press). Indirect and direct associations between personality and psychological distress mediated by dispositional coping. Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied pdf.
3. Vrachimi-Souroulla, A & Panayiotou, G. (in press). Independent Validation Study of the Hellenic WISC-III using a Greek-Cypriot sample. International Journal of Educational and Psychological Assessment.
4. Charalambous, K. Kokkinos, K., & Panayiotou, G. (2013). The Family Environment Scale: Resolving psychometric problems through an examination of a Greek version. International Journal of Educational and Psychological Assessment, 13, 81-99.
5. Panayiotou, G. & Karekla, M. (2013). Perceived social support helps, but does not buffer the negative impact of anxiety disorders on quality of life and perceived stress. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 48, 283-294.
6. Fanti, K. A., Panayiotou, G., & Fanti, S., (2013). Associating parental to child psychopathology: Investigating a transactional model of development. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 21, 191-210 pdf.
7. Panayiotou, G., van Oyen Witvliet, C., Robinson, J. D., & Vrana, S. R. (2011). A startling absence of emotion effects: Active attention to the startle probe as a motor task cue appears to eliminate modulation of the startle reflex by valence and arousal. Biological Psychology, 87, 226-233 pdf.
8. Constantinou E., Panayiotou, G. Konstantinou K., Loutsiou-Ladd, A. & Kapardis, A. (2011). Risky and aggressive diving in young adults: Personality matters. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 43, 1323-1331 pdf.
9. Karekla, M. & Panayiotou, G. (2011). Coping and experiential avoidance: Unique or overlapping constructs? Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 42, 163-170 pdf.
10. Yoder-Strahan, E., Panayiotou, G., Clements R., & Scott. J. (2011). Beer, wine, and social anxiety: Testing the "self-medication hypothesis" in the US and Cyprus. Addiction Research & Theory, 19, 302-311 pdf.
11. Souroulla, A., Panayiotou, G., & Kokkinos, C. M. (2011). Achievement Testing with the Wechsler Quicktest: An Examination of its Psychometric Properties and Applied Utility with a National Sample. Educational Psychology: International Journal of Experimental Educational Psychology, 31, 105-121.
12. Kapsou, M., Panayiotou, G., Kokkinos, C. M., & Demetriou, A., G. (2010). Dimensionality of Coping: An empirical contribution to the construct validation of the Brief COPE with a Greek - speaking sample. Journal of Health Psychology, 15, 215-229 pdf.