Angelos P. Kassianos
Dr. Angelos Kassianos is a Senior Research Fellow at University College London’s Department of Applied Health Research and a researcher at University of Cyprus, Departments of Psychology (ACT healthy lab) and Computer Science (eHealth lab).
He is a Health Psychologist with a public health and behavioral medicine focus and has an interest in bio-psycho-social determinants of disease prevention and early diagnosis (mainly cancer), vaccination hesitancy and development of digital health interventions. He currently leads several projects that he managed to obtain funding from the Research and Innovation Foundation (RIF) of Cyprus and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) among others. Together with his student Georgios Georgiou introduced the idea of Stay on Track in 2015 and were awarded one of top 6 start-up ideas at that year’s Cyprus Entrepreneurship Competition.
In 2018, together with collaborators he managed to obtain funding from RIF to develop and pilot the prototype. He has co-authored more than 20 peer-reviewed publications and presented in numerous Conferences. In 2016, he was an invited speaker at the European Parliament to speak about mobile health. In 2017, he was named one of the top young European innovators receiving the US Young Transatlantic Innovation Leadership Initiative (YTILI) Fellowship and in 2018 he received the Early Career Award of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS). Apart from academia, he travels, reads, watches – what he thinks – are good movies, is murmuring Liverpool’s ‘YNWA’ anthem, enjoys his wife’s baking, is occasionally running, and listening to his playlist that has wide Confidence Intervals since it ranges from rock, jazz, rembetiko, 90s’ pop and beyond!
Maria Karekla, Ph.D., licensed clinical psychologist and Associate Professor, University of Cyprus is heading the clinical psychology “ACTHealthy: Anxiety disorders and Behavioral Medicine” laboratory. She received her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the University at Albany, SUNY.
She completed her residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Veterans Administration Hospital. Her research focuses on areas of health promotion and the investigation of individual difference factors (especially psychological flexibility parameters) as they relate to the development and maintenance of various behavioural difficulties (especially anxiety, eating, and health related problems).
Additionally, she examines the treatment of these difficulties utilizing Acceptance and Commitment-based principles and innovative delivery methods (e.g., digital interventions, virtual reality). Her research received numerous local, European and international grants, and awards by (among others) the European Council and Pompidou’s group, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy.
She is currently the chair of the Clinical Psychology Doctorate committee, University of Cyprus. She is also the chair of the Cyprus Bioethics Committee on Biomedical Research, and of the European Federation of Psychology Associations’ Psychology and Health committee and a member of the e-health task force. She serves as a member of the Cyprus Psychologist Licensing Board and is the treasurer/secretary of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.
In 2018 she was nominated as Cyprus “Woman of the Year: Academic/Researcher category.”
Prof. Constantinos S. Pattichis is Professor with the Dep. of Computer Science and Director of the eHealth Lab, and Visiting Research Scientist Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics.
He has 25 years of experience in eHealth systems, medical imaging, biosignal analysis, intelligent systems, and more recently in life sciences informatics. He has been involved in numerous projects in these areas funded by EU and other bodies, with a total funding managed more than 8 million Euros. He has published 97 journal publications, 214 conference papers, and 27 chapters in books in these areas (no. of citations more than 5700, h-score 38). He is Co-Editor of the books M-Health: Emerging Mobile Health Systems, and Ultrasound and Carotid Bifurcation Atherosclerosis, published in 2006 and 2012 by Springer.
He was coauthor of the book Despeckle Filtering Algorithms and Software for Ultrasound Imaging, published by Morgan & Claypool Publishers, CA, USA, 2nd edition in 2015, and was Guest Co-Editor of 17 journal Special Issues including the IEEE Trans. on Information Technology in Biomedicine on Emerging Technologies in Biomedicine (2009), Computational Intelligence in Medical Systems (2009), Citizen Centered eHealth Systems in a Global Health-care Environment (2011), and Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Health Informatics (2012), and of the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics (J-BHI) on Computational Solutions to Large-Scale Data Management and Analysis in Translational and Personalized Medicine (2014).
Moreover, he served as Distinguished Lecturer and member of the Technical Committee on Biomedical and Health Informatics of the IEEE EMBS, and an Associate Editor of the IEEE J-BHI. He was general chair of IEEE International Conferences on Information Technology Applications in Biomedicine (ITAB 2009), Bioinformatics and Bioengineering (BIBE 2012), and the 13th Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing (Medicon 2016). He is a Fellow of IET, and Senior Member of IEEE.
Dr. Orestis Kasinopoulos is a Research Associate for the Stay on Track project, at the University of Cyprus. He is a registered Clinical Psychologist, trained in empirically validated psychological approaches such as CBT and ACT.
He has significant experience working with patients with chronic conditions and chronic pain in rehabilitation and clinical settings as well as within the community.
His research interests evolve around e-health/digital psychological interventions for chronic conditions, as well as adherence and user engagement. For his Ph.D. thesis he developed and assessed an online psychological intervention to facilitate pain management in chronic pain sufferers.
Dr. Kasinopoulos has actively participated in a number of international scientific conferences, while contributing to the scientific literature.
Pinelopi Konstantinou is a PhD student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Cyprus. She also works as a Research Assistant at the present project.
She completed a BSc in Psychology at the University of Cyprus and an MSc in Psychological Research Methods at the University of Nottingham in the UK. During her studies, she gained significant experience conducting research with different populations and within different frames related to her research interests (e.g. chronic pain, smoking cessation and chronic diseases).
Her primary research interests involve treating patients suffering from chronic pain with interventions based on third wave approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Some of her research experience work that she is currently involved in, include psychophysiological activity of brain assessment and scoring, and doing meta-analysis research in the field of ACT.
Dr. George Georgiou is a Registered Clinical Psychologist and works as a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences of the European University of Cyprus.
In both his clinical and research work, he adopts a developmental approach that aims to understand psychopathology and human behavior. His research focuses on mental health problems in children and adolescents, with a particular interest in antisocial behavior, behavioral problems, anxiety and empathy.
He is currently involved in various research programs. The idea of Stay in Track was created by him during his studies at the University of Cyprus, in collaboration with Dr. Angelos Kassianos and Giorgos Iniatis while currently participating in the “Stay on Track” program as a member of the program advisory team implemented by the University of Cyprus Laboratory of Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Medicine
Dr. Andreas Panayides is Co-Founder and Head of Research and Development in 3AE Health LTD.
Qualifications: PhD (University of Cyprus), MSc (KINGS College London), BSc (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
Experience: Imperial College London, University of New Mexico, Open University of Cyprus, University of Cyprus
Expertise: Adaptive video delivery for real-time applications, mHealth and eHealth systems and services, computer vision for healthcare applications, large-scale image and video data processing and analytics.
R&I: 15 years experience in National (RIF), European (FP7, H2020), and USA (NSF) R&I projects as PI and co-Pi with managed funding ~1 million euro and a significant scientific publication record.
Dr. Zinonas Antoniou is Co-Founder and Deputy Chief Technology Officer in 3AE Health LTD.
Qualifications: PhD (University of Cyprus), Dipl.-Ing (Electrical &Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens)
Experience: University of Cyprus, Thalassaemia International Federation
Expertise: Adaptive video delivery for real-time applications, image processing, mobile Health (mHealth) and eHealth systems and services, and eHealth interoperability and Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) standards and services.
R&I: 7 years’ experience in European (CEF, ARES, FP7) R&I projects
Dr med. Greta Wozniak MD., has received her PhD in Neurosciences at University of Thessaly, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, during the period of 1999 -2003.
- Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Molecular Medicine took from Faculty of Medicine, University of Thessaly Larissa, Greece during the period of 2004 – 2009, at the same time she was Research Fellow at Department of Radiology – Medical Imaging at University Hospital of Larissa, Greece.
- Assistant Professor of Neurophysiology & Therapeutic Pharmacology (Former), Medical School, at the University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Currently, she is Academic Staff at the University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus.
She has successfully completed her Administrative responsibilities as Head of Basic Medical Laboratory Sector at Applied University of Thessaly, Greece from 2008- 2012 and also she was Supervisor, Scientific Responsible and Member of Committee for the generation of post-graduate MSc thesis within the Master program Primary Health Care. Medical School, University of Thessaly, Larissa, Greece. Since 2009/ 2013. Her research has included neuronal function between dorsal and ventral hippocampus: membrane properties, excitatory and inhibitory synaptic transmission.
She has a strong track record in neurophysiology of neurons communication mechanisms. She has authored more than 60 research articles, some chapters and books. She is a member of International Brain Research Organization (I.B.R.O.), Hellenic Society for Neurosciences (HSN), European Brain and Behaviour Society (E.B.B.S.), Greek Organization of Emergency Pre-Hospital Care (Ε.Ε.Ε.Π.Φ), European Neuroscience Association (FENS – Federation of European Neuroscience Societies).
Alexia Papageorgiou is a Professor of Clinical Communication and Chair of the Centre of Medical Education at the University of Nicosia Medical School.
Prof. Papageorgiou holds a BA in Psychology from the American College in Greece, an MSc in Health Psychology from City University London and a PhD in Psychiatry from UCL London University.
Her research covers the areas of clinical communication, medical education, health psychology and advance statements of people who can no longer make decisions in medicine and psychiatry.
For more information about Prof Papageorgiou please follow this link: https://www.med.unic.ac.cy/staff-members/alexia-papageorgiou/
Christiana Karashali have completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology at University of Surrey and she also has an MSc in Health Psychology from University College London (UCL).
As part of her master’s dissertation, she wanted to address a more clinical topic focusing on adolescents and cannabis use, as the last two decades have seen a ‘normalisation’ of adolescent drug use. Consequently, she conducted a qualitative study examining what adolescents think about cannabis use, the pros and cons of cannabis use and how it affects their identity.
Her research interests further involve depression, anxiety disorders, smoking, chronic conditions and the effects of different types of social factors (i.e. loneliness, isolation) on health outcomes.
She has very good experience with qualitative research as well as conducting meta-analyses and systematic reviews. Apart from being involved in research, she is currently gaining some clinical experience in the field of chronic conditions in rehabilitation and clinical settings.
Stavroula Kousparou is a postgraduate student of Computer Science at the University of Cyprus. Also, she is a Junior Software Developer at 3AE Health LTD.
She completed her BSc in Computer Science at the University of Cyprus in 2019.
As part of her thesis, she developed a mobile application for a neurological disease, specifically Myasthenia Gravis. This mobile application aims at helping the patients to maintain a dialy, personal report of the complications of their disease, which can be sent to their doctor at anytime. The mobile application helps the patients with adhering to prescribed medication. Also, it provides some useful information for Myasthenia Gravis.
Maria Antoniadi has graduated her undergraduate degree in Psychology and the first postgraduate degree in Human Resource Management at Oxford Brookes University.
Maria is currently studying a postgraduate degree in Clinical Psychology at the European University of Cyprus. She is also the Vice-President of the Cyprus Psychological Association (CYPSA) for students. She is a mentor at the Mentor Youth Guidance Program for an 8 years old child.
Her dissertation topic will involve how stress, anxiety and self-esteem can influence university academic performance. Maria is interested in how technology, for example, using an application for either as intervention or a reminder for taking medication will be useful for mental health and more specifically for chronic disorders so “Stay on Track” project was one of her goals during the summer in order to gaining more research experience.
My name is Aphrodite Kkamari and I am a fourth year undergraduate student in the Department of Psychology of the University of Cyprus.
From the age of 12 I’ve got a sweet roommate, as I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. For this reason and in the context of my dissertation, I decided to work with stay on track program, as I believe its contribution will be huge to people with chronic diseases!