Scientific Team

From left to right: Olga Themeli (Forensic Psychologist), Electra Koutsoukou (Attorney at Law), Alexandra Soldatou (Assistant Professor of Pediatrics), Tinia Apergi (Clinical Psychologist).

Tinia Apergi, Psy.D.  Clinical Psychologist/ Professor of Psychology ACG School of Graduate and Professional Education

Dr. Apergi is a graduate of the Department of Psychology of Deree College (ACG), holds an MA in General Psychology from New York University and an MS in Applied Psychology from Long Island University, C.W.Post. Her doctorate (Psy.D) is  in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University with a specialty in  child abuse, domestic violence and developmental disabilities.
She worked for several years in the U.S. in clinical and school settings, primarily with children and adults with a history of abuse and neglect.

Dr Apergi is currently clinical psychologist and program coordinator of the MS in Counseling Psychology & Psychotherapy at the American College of Greece, Deree College (ACG). In addition to teaching courses in her specialty, she coordinates the academic and clinical training and teaches the Practicum seminars. She is also in private practice as a psychotherapist and works as a school consultant.

Olga Themeli, Associate Professor of Forensic Psychology

Olga Themeli is an Associate Professor of Forensic Psychology and a member of the Scientific Team of ELIZA. She studied Law at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Psychology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She completed her Postgraduate and Doctoral studies in Criminology, at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athensʼ Law school and worked as a researcher in the department of clinical psychology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the International non-governmental Organization “Defence for Children International-NL”.

She is teaching Criminology and Forensic Psychology at the Department of Psychology of the University of Crete since 2002. Presently she is an Associate Professor of Forensic Psychology. She has participated in many national and international research projects and has served as a member of major legislative committees. Concurrently, as of 2016 she is the president of KESETHEA (Central Scientific Council on the issues of Victimization and Criminality of minors / Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights).

Although her scientific interests mainly focus on matters that involve the negative consequences of imprisonment and the vulnerable group of detainees, after five yearsʼ experience as a Special Scientist at the Greek Ombudsman – Childrenʼs rights, her research focus has shifted to the most vulnerable social group, the minors

Electra Koutsoukou, Attorney at Law, specializing in Children’s Rights

Dr. Elektra Koutsoukou is an Attorney at Law, specializing in Children’s Rights. After graduating from the Athens Law School, she was awarded a Master’s Degree in Legal Sociology from the University of Athens (Faculty of Law). The research for her thesis  on ‘Children’s rights’ and ‘Child abuse’ took place at the University of Hamburg/Germany. She also received a PhD in “Law of the Rights of the Child” from the University of Peloponnese, while she conducted part of her research in Salzburg.

She has participated in several scientific programs as a legal advisor and expert in issues related to child abuse and she has written many articles on child protection.

Her book on the Rights and Legal Protection of Children in Greece (Law School Publishing Ηοuse, 2013) is taught as a course at the University of Peloponnese, where she also lectures on Juvenile Justice as a scientific assistant.

Alexandra Soldatou, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Athens Medical School, “P & A Kyriakou” Children’s Hospital of Athens

Alexandra Soldatou received her Medical Doctorate from the University of Athens Medical School on a National Scholarship for high academic achievement. She completed a residency training program in General Pediatrics at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, USA, and she received the American Board of Pediatrics certification. Alexandra received subspecialty training in Pediatric Immunology and Bone Marrow Transplantation at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, in London. She completed her doctorate thesis at the Bone Marrow Transplantation Research Laboratory, “Elpida – Marianna Vardinogianni Hospital”.
Alexandra   joined the University of Athens Medical School, initially at the “Aghia Sophia”, and subsequently at the “P. & A. Kyriakou” Children’s Hospital. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and an active member of Child Advocacy committees and organizations. She has several publications in international peer-reviewed scientific journals.  From the beginning of her career, she has actively participated in committees for the protection of children, at the organizational and educational level.

Alexandros Panos, Pediatrician / Clinical & Research Fellow of the 2nd Pediatric Clinic of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Alexandros Panos was born in Athens in 1985 and grew up in Piraeus. He completed his medical studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2009. He was a resident of pediatrics at the 2nd Department of Pediatrics of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens at the “Panagiotis and Aglaia Kyriakos” General Children’s Hospital until 2018. He was additionally trained on “Advanced life support” of children and neonates. He participates regularly, with presentations in national and international congresses as well as being a co-author of articles in national medical research journals. His research interests include the promotion of child health and safety, social pediatrics, management and prevention of child abuse as well as the prevention of infectious diseases in children. He is currently a PhD candidate and his dissertation subject is the  “Detection of early risk factors for the safety of children.”