University of Cyprus - Maria Karekla (ACT; MS, PhD; Cyprus)

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Maria Karekla 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. Currently holds the position of Lecturer of Clinical Psychology at the University of Cyprus and is a licensed clinical psychology. She actively and systematically participates in psychological research projects that have received awards by (among others) the European council and Pompidou’s group, and the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy. Her research focuses on areas of health promotion and the investigation of individual difference factors (especially experiential avoidance) as they relate to the development and maintenance of various forms of psychopathology (especially anxiety disorders and health related problems). She is a member of the clinical psychology and school psychology program development committees at the University of Cyprus and is a key member in the development of the doctoral level clinical psychology program. Maria is currently a member of the European Awarding Committee for the specialization of psychotherapy of EFPA and has served as a liaison of the Cyprus Psychologists Association to numerous subcommittees and task forces of EFPA. A number of her research projects have received local, EU and other funding. Dr. Karekla’s “ACTHealthy: Anxiety disorders and Health Psychology” research laboratory has cooperated with other institutions, business and bodies both in Cyprus and abroad on numerous project.

Research Interests

- Individual factors and development of Anxiety Disorders
- Evaluating and Treating Anxiety Disorders (particularly using new technologies such as the internet and virtual reality)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Experimental Psychopathology and Synasthimata
- Psychophysiology
- Quality of life parameters
- Enrichment health behaviors and develop self-management behaviors that affect health (including compulsive behaviors such as smoking)

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(This webpage was updated on May 8, 2018)