Maria Karekla

Maria Karekla, Ph.D., licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor, University of Cyprus is heading the “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. Currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Cyprus and is the chair of the Clinical Psychology Doctorate committee. 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 behavioural difficulties (especially anxiety and health related problems). Additionally, she examines the treatment of these difficulties utilizing Acceptance and Commitment-based principles and innovative delivery methods (e.g. Internet delivered therapy, virtual reality). Her research received grants and awards by (among others) the European Council and Pompidou’s group, and the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy. She is the chair of the Cyprus Bioethics Committee on Biomedical Research, a member of the Cyprus Psychologist Licensing Board, and a member of the European Federation of Psychology Associations’ Psychology and Health and e-health task forces. She is also presently serving as a member-at-large of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. A number of her research projects have received local (e.g., Cyprus Research Foundation grants), EU and other funding.