Dr Eleni Karayianni graduated with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Psychology from Royal Holloway, University of London. She completed her postgraduate studies at Spalding University (USA), where she obtained a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology and a Doctor of Psychology degree (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology (APA accredited). She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Hutchings Psychiatric Center, New York State Office of Mental Health and at the Forensic Department of the Madison County Mental Health Department (APA accredited). She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with the Cyprus Psychologist Registration Board. Her research activity has received funding by national and international agencies.
Her clinical and research experience covers a range of age groups and psychological difficulties, while her activities in the community cover the areas of prevention and early intervention in various contexts (e.g., education system, organizational/workplace issues), as well as program development and evaluation. In the past, she has worked as a clinician with underserved populations in a community mental health center and a sexual abuse treatment agency in the USA. She has been working as Clinical Training Coordinator at the Department of Psychology, University of Cyprus since 2008 teaching courses and providing clinical supervision to clinical psychology trainees, and overseeing the development and implementation of group-based interventions for various populations. In 2015, she established, with the help of colleagues, the University of Cyprus Mental Health Center providing services to students and the community, and has been its acting director.
She is the elected President of the Cyprus Psychologists’ Association (2015 – present) and an elected member of the Executive Council of the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (2015 – present). She collaborates with the Council of Europe on issues pertaining to children, adolescents, and young people’s rights.