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Alexandra Pentaraki, PhD

Dr Alexandra Pentaraki obtained her Doctorate degree in Psychological Medicine from the University of London, King's College London, UK. Her MSc studies in Cognitive Psychology were completed in The University of Essex, UK. She is a Honorary Visiting Research Associate of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience(IoPPN), King’s College London, a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of The British Psychological Society. She is trained in clinical psychology, neuropsychology and psychotherapy for adults and children. From 2012-2016 she was an Honorary Lecturer, Applied Psychology & Mental Health, of The University of Liverpool, UK and she was also teaching psychology at the University of Roehampton, UK. From 2018-2019 she taught psychology and research methods at the University of Essex (Online), UK within the Psychology Department & the Public Health Department. Dr. Pentaraki has supervised dozens of MSc thesis in psychology and has an excellent experience in research methods and supervision. From November 2019 she is supervising MSc and PhD theses and teaches psychology at The New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling validated by Middlessex University, UK. From 2020 she is teaching psychology (Panel Tutor) for The University of Cambridge, UK while she is a Teaching Fellow at (IoPPN), King’s College London. From November 2021, Dr. Pentaraki is a Lecturer (full-time) at The British University in Egypt. Her significant clinical experience is derived from her work and research in Great Britain (Maudsley Hospital, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Fulbourn Hospital, Cambridge) and Greece (Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Research Fellow of the Psychiatric Department of Hippocration General Hospital, Thessaloniki, and of the Psychiatric Department of Athens University, Aeginition Hospital, her work in other orgaizations such as private clinics and schools and her private practice). Her theoretical and clinical background is based on cognitive-behavioural, short psychodynamic, eclectic approaches, body/mind medicine and mindfulness. She has been trained in psychotherapeutic methods as well as in specific programmes for anxiety, depression, trauma and psychosis. Dr Pentaraki has presented her work at international conferences and she has been awarded numerous grants, including a Young Scientist Award and an award from Brain, for her research and clinical work. She is and active researcher, writer and an anonymous scientific reviewer for International Journals such as SchizophreniaResearch, The British Journal of Psychiatry, Psychological Medicine, Psychiatry Research. She has translated 2 books on psychology and psychiatry from English into Greek (Cognitive Therapy of Schizophenia, Patakis; Psychodrama: Theory and Practice, University Studio Press), Theory of Mind Tests, she has published a book on depression and women (Breaking the Chains of Women's Depression, Brain Matters Institute), and on panic attacks (7 Secrets to Break the Chains of Panic Attacks) writes articles in newspapers, CD for chronic anxiety and pain (Mindful-based Management of Anxiety, Depression & Pain), develops cognitive rehabilitation programmes. She has also translated the forensic tool ''The NICHD Investigative Interview Protocol'' for child and adolescent abuse from English into Greek. She is a registered and accredited expert witness in Greek courts, other European courts and in The International Criminal Court, The Hague. Her work as an expert witness entails the psychological and neuropsychological profiling of children and adults, therapy of anxiety and depressive disorders, trauma, assessment of child abuse and maltreatment, risk assessment of violence (domestic, partner, national/massive, gender related), brain injury, asylum seekers, refugees, testifying in courts, witness preparation for testifying in the court and the applications of psychological science in the court and justice (prosecution and defense). In 2011 she has been elected an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Alexandra Pentaraki, PhD