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GERASIMOS  KOLAITIS, MD, PhD

Place/ Date of birth: Kefalonia, Greece/ 08.07.1956

Academic qualifications
Licentiate in Medicine, University of Athens, Greece, 1981
Specialist in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Athens, Greece, 1991
Doctor of Medicine, University of Ioannina, Greece, 1999
MD Thesis: “Mental health of  Greek immigrants’ children from the former USSR countries”

Present appointment

Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry,  Director, Department of Child Psychiatry, Athens University Medical School, “Aghia Sophia” Children’s Hospital, Athens, Greece

Previous appointments

Aug 1987-Sept 1988: Westcotes House Child and Family Psychiatric Service/ Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Leicester, Leicester, England
Oct 1988-Oct 1990: Department of Psychological Paediatrics, “Aghia Sophia” Children’s Hospital, Athens, Greece
Feb 1991-June 1995: Child psychiatrist, in charge of the intervention team, The Leros PIKPA Project of Deinstitutionalisation and Rehabilitation (funded by the EU and the Greek Government)
Feb 1991-Jan 1997: Private practice
June 1995-Jan 1997: Child psychiatrist, “The Theotokos” Foundation for Mentally Retarded Children, Adolescents and Young People
Oct 1996-Jan 1997: Child psychiatrist, in charge, The Centre for Training and Psychosocial Support of Adolescents, Department of Psychological Paediatrics, “Aghia Sophia” Children’s Hospital, Athens, Greece
Jan 1997-today: Department of Child Psychiatry, Athens University Medical School, “Aghia Sophia” Children’s Hospital, Athens, Greece

Membership of Various Societies, including the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), the World Federation for Mental  Health, the Greek Psychiatric Association and the Hellenic Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Secretary General, 1993-95; Member of the Board, 2001-2003, 2003-2005, 2005-2007, 2007-2009)

Teaching
Child psychiatry trainees, medical students, mental health professionals, paediatric/psychiatric nurses

Participation in Multicentre European Community Projects

  • “The Leros PIKPA Project of Deinstitutionalisation and Rehabilitation” (funded by the EU and the Greek Government) (1991-1995)
  • Biomed Project “Mental Health in Mental Retardation” (England, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Finland) (1998-2001)
  • Biomed Child Depression Psychotherapy Project (England, Finland,Greece) (1998-2001)
  • “Mental Health Prevention in a Target Group at Risk: Children of Somatically Ill Parents (COSIP)-Implementation and Evaluation of Innovative Health Services in a European Public Health Perspective”(2002-2005)
  • “Mental Health Prevention and Promotion for Adolescents and Young People” (by Mental Health Europe of the World Federation for Mental Health, 2000-2001)
  • “Mental Health Promotion and Prevention Strategies for Coping with Anxiety and Depression in Europe” (by Mental Health Europe of the World Federation for Mental Health, 2001-2003)
  • KIDSCREEN “Screening for and Promotion of Health-Related Quality of Life in Children and Adolescents – A European Public Health Perspective” (2001-2003)
  • “EU Monitoring and Advocacy Program (EUMAP)” («Παρακολούθησης και Υποστήριξης της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης») (2005-2006)
  • "Incorporating Cooperation Research across Europe (INCORE). Coordinator: Professor David Skuse, University College London (UCL) (2007-2010)
  • "Ethical Dilemmas due to Prenatal and Genetic Diagnostics Interdisciplinary Assessment of Effects of Prenatal and Genetic Diagnostics on Couples in Different European Cultures” (EDIG), “Structuring the European Research Area”. Coordinator: Prof Dr M Leuzinger-Bohleber, Sigmund-Freud-Institute and University of Kassel, Frankfurt. (016717 SAS6, 2005-2008)
  • “Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Enlarged European Union: development of effective policies and practices” (CAMHEE). Coordinator: Professor Dainius Puras, Vilnius, Lithuania (2006-2009)


Publications
He has more than 35 publications in peer-reviewed international journals and chapters in books and more than 35 in Greek.

Selected Publications

G. Kolaitis, J. Tsiantis, M. Madianos, S. Kotsopoulos (2003). Psychosocial adaptation of immigrant Greek children from the former Soviet Union. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 12: 67-74

G. Kolaitis, J. Kotsopoulos, S. Haritaki, F. Rigizou, A. Bimbou, A. Augoustatou, L. Zaharaki, E. Riga, N. Kanari, M. Liakopoulou, J. Tsiantis (2003). Posttraumatic Stress Reactions Among Children Following the Athens Earthquake of September 1999. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 12: 273-280  

G. Kolaitis, T. Korpa, I. Kolvin and J. Tsiantis (2003). Schedule for affective disorders and schizophrenia for school-age children-present episode (K-SADS-P): a pilot inter-rater reliability study for Greek children and adolescents. European Psychiatry 18 (7): 374-375 (letter to the editor)

G. Kolaitis, J. Tsiantis (2003). Promotion and Prevention in Child, Adolescent and Young People Mental Health: The Greek Experience of Participation in the Mental Health Network Programme of the European Commission. The International Journal of Mental Health Promotion 5 (3): 31-35

Ι. Levav, L. Jacobsson, J. Tsiantis, G. Kolaitis, A. Ponizovsky (2004). Psychiatric services and training for children and adolescents in Europe: Results of a country survey. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 13 (6): 395-401

S. Diareme, J. Tsiantis, G. Kolaitis, S. Ferentinos, E. Tsalamanios, E. Paliokosta, S. Anasontzi, E. Lympinaki, D. C. Anagnostopoulos, C. Voumvourakis, G. Romer (2006). Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties in Children of Parents with Multiple Sclerosis: A Controlled Study in Greece. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 15 (6): 309-318

J Trowell, I Joffe, J Campbell, C Clemente, F Almqvist, M Soininen, U Koskenranta-Aalto, S Weintraub, G Kolaitis, V Tomaras, D Anastasopoulos,  K Grayson, J Barnes, J Tsiantis (2007). Childhood Depression: a place for psychotherapy. An outcome study comparing Individual Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Family Therapy. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 16 (3): 157-167

P. Pervanidou, G. Kolaitis, S. Charitaki, Ch. Lazaropoulou, I. Papassotiriou, P. Hindmarsh, Ch. Bakoula, J. Tsiantis and GP Chrousos (2007). The Natural History of Neuroendocrine Changes in Pediatric Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after Motor Vehicle Accidents: Progressive Divergence of Noradrenaline and Cortisol Concentrations over Time. Biological Psychiatry 62 (10): 1095-1102

P. Pervanidou, G. Kolaitis, S. Charitaki, Ch. Bakoula, A. Margeli, Ch. Lazaropoulou, I.Papassotiriou, J. Tsiantis and   GP Chrousos (2007). Elevated Salivary Cortisol and Serum Interleukin (IL)-6 Concentrations after Motor Vehicle Accidents may predict  Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Children and Adolescents. Psychoneuroendocrinology 32 (8-10): 991-999

Kolaitis G (2008). Young people with intellectual disabilities and mental health needs. Current Opinion in Psychiatry 21 (5): 469-473


STYLIANOS CHRISTOGIORGOS, MD, PhD


Assistant Professor in Child Psychiatry, Athens University Medical School, Department of Child Psychiatry, “Aghia Sophia” Children’ s Hospital, Athens Greece
President of the Hellenic Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for children and adolescents

Place/ Date of birth:Ioannina, Greece/ 04.05.1956

Academic qualifications
Licentiate in Medicine, University of Athens, Greece, 1982
Specialist in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Athens, Greece, 1992
Doctor of Medicine, University of Athens, Greece, 1989

Present appointment
Assistant professor of Child Psychiatry, Director, Department of Child Psychiatry, Athens University Medical School, “Aghia Sophia” Children’s Hospital, Athens, Greece

Membership of Various Societies, including the World Federation for Mental Health the Greek Psychiatric Association and the Hellenic Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Teaching
Child psychiatry trainees, medical students, mental health professionals, paediatric/psychiatric nurses, trainees in psychoanalytic psychotherapy for children and adolescents

Participation in Multicentre European Community Projects

  • “The Leros PIKPA Project of Deinstitutionalisation and Rehabilitation” (funded by the EU and the Greek Government) (1991-1995)
  • Biomed Child Depression Psychotherapy Project (England, Finland,Greece) (1998-2001)
  • “Ethical Dilemmas due to Prenatal and Genetic Diagnostics Interdisciplinary Assessment of Effects of Prenatal and Genetic Diagnostics on Couples in Different European Cultures” (EDIG), “Structuring the European Research Area”. Coordinator: Prof Dr M Leuzinger-Bohleber, Sigmund-Freud-Institute and University of Kassel, Frankfurt. (016717 SAS6, 2005-2008)
  • “Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Enlarged European Union: development of effective policies and practices” (CAMHEE). Coordinator: prof. Dainius Puras, Vilnius, Lithuania (2006-2009)


Publications
He has 15 publications in peer-reviewed international journals and chapters in books and more than 20 in Greek.

Selected Publications

C. Clemente, J. Tsiantis, I Kolvin, G. Ba, S. Christogiorgos, C. Lee, B. Taylor and R. Miller (2003). Social Adjustment in three cultures: Data from families affected by chronic blood disorders. A sibling study. Haemophilia, 9: 317-324.

J. Tsiantis, S. Diareme, C. Dimitrakaki, G. Kolaitis, A. Flios, S. Christogiorgos, G. Weber, L. Salvador-Carulla, J. Hillery and H. Costello (2004). Care staff awareness training on mental health needs of adults with learning disabilities: results from a Greek sample. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 8(3): 221-234.


P. Christopoulos, E. Deligeoroglou, V. Laggari, S. Christogiorgos and G. Greatsas (2007). Psychological and behavioural aspects of patients with Turner syndrome from childhood to adulthood: a review of the clinical literature. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, 29(1): 45-51.


S. Christogiorgos, S. Diareme, E. Soumaki and J. Tsiantis (2007). School Phobia and the Psychological Processes Involved in its Development and Treatment. Review of Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacokinetics, 21(2): 189-196.


E. Soumaki, G. Kolaitis, S. Christogiorgos, Ch. Assimopoulos, P. Mama-Agapiou, J. Tsiantis (2009). Psychological factors in children and adolescents with Epilepsy and their families. Review of Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacokinetics, 23(2): 59-66


E. Athanasiadou, J. Tsiantis, S. Christogiorgos, G. Kolaitis (2009). An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Psychological Preparation of Children for Minor Surgery through Papet Play and Brief Mother Counseling. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 78(1): 62-63.


V. Laggari, S. Diareme, S. Christogiorgos, E. Deligeoroglou, P. Christopoulos, J. Tsiantis, G. Creatsas (2009). Anxiety and Depression in Adolescents with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Mayer-Rokitansky-Kόster-Hauser Syndrome. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, 30 (2): 83-88.


M.A. Widdershoven-Zervaki, S. Christogiorgos (2009). The dog-girl: The trauma of abandonment in an adopted child. Melanrummit, Journal of child and adolescent psychotherapy in Sweden,  21: 168-180

S. Christogiorgos, E. Stavrou, M.A. Widdershoven-Zervaki, J. Tsiantis (2010). Brief psychotherapy in adolescent depression: two case studies. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy 24(3), 262-278.


S. Christogiorgos, V. Vassilopoulou, A. Florou, V. Xydou, M. Douvou, S. Vgenopoulou, J. Tsiantis (2010). Telephone counseling with adolescents and countertransference phenomena: Particularities and challenges. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling 38(3): 313-325.

 

KATERINA PAPANIKOLAOU M.D., Ph.D.

Katerina Papanikolaou was born in Athens, Greece, in 1965 and since 2007 is a Lecturer in Child Psychiatry at the Department of Child Psychiatry of the Athens University Medical School.

She trained in medicine at the Athens University Medical School (1982-1988) and after doing her residency in neurology              (1/1989-7/1989), psychiatry (8/1989-2/1991) and child psychiatry (3/1991-5/93) she received the Certificate of Child Psychiatric Specialty in 1992 after board examinations. His doctoral thesis “The role of meta-analysis in assessing the efficacy of antidepressants in child and adolescent depression” was presented to the Athens University Medical School in 2003.

She has been appointed as an Honorary Senior Registrar in Child and Family Psychiatric Services Leicester, UK (6/1994-4/1995), as a Clinical Research Worker at Institute of Psychiatry, MRC Child Psychiatry and as an Honorary Associate Specialist at the Maudsley Hospital, London, UK (4/1995-8/1996). She worked as an NHS Child Psychiatrist at the Department of Child Psychiatry, Athens University Medical School between 1998 and 2003. At present, she is in charge of the autism clinic of the Department of Child Psychiatry, Athens University Medical School.

Dr.Papanikolaou’ research activities have focused mainly on autism, meta-analytic methdology, cognitive therapy, childhood obesity. She has participated in several national, European, and international research programs. She is the author or co-author of more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed international journals and of more than 30 publications in international conference proceedings.


Selected publications:

International Molecular Genetics Study of Autism Consortium (1998). A full-genome screen for autism with evidence for linkage to a region on chromosome 7q Human Molecular Genetics 7:571-578

A Pickles, E Starr, S Kazak, P Bolton, K. Papanikolaou, A Bailey, R. Goodman, M Rutter (2000). Variable expression of the autism broader phenotype: findings from extended pedigrees Journal of Child Psychology and  Psychiatry  41:491-502

International Molecular Genetics Study of Autism Consortium (2001). A genomewide screen for autism: Strong evidence for linkage to chromosomes 2q, 7q, and 16p. Am J Hum Genet 69:570-581

International Molecular Genetics Study of Autism Consortium (2001) Further characterization of the autism susceptibility locus AUTS1 on chromosome 7q  Human Molecular Genetics 10: 973-982

E. Starr, S Berument, A Pickles, M Tomlins, A Bailey, K Papanikolaou, M Rutter (2001). A family genetics study of autism associated with profound mental retardation  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders  31(1): 89-96

E Starr, S Kazak Berument, M Tomlins, K Papanikolaou, M Rutter.(2005) Brief Report: Autism in individuals with Down Syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 35: 665-673

Berument SK, Starr E, Pickles A, Tomlins M,  Papanikolaou K, Lord C, Rutter M. (2005). Pre-Linguistic Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule: Adapted for older individuals with profound mental retardation. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 33:821-829.

Katerina Papanikolaou, Elena Paliokosta, Jolanda Gyftodimou, Gerassimos Kolaitis, Sofia Vgenopoulou, Catherine Sarri, John Tsiantis (2006). A case of partial trisomy of chromosome 8p associated with autism.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 35:665-673

Katerina Papanikolaou , Clive Richardson , Artemios Pehlivanidis , Zeta Papadopoulou-Daifoti  (2006). Efficacy of antidepressants in child and adolescent depression: A meta-analytic study. Journal of Neural Transmission 113:399-415

Artemios Pehlivanidis, Katerina Papanikolaou, Antonis Politis,  Angeliki Liossi, Evgenia Daskalopoulou, Rossetos Gournellis, Marina Soldatos, Vasiliki Maria Papakosta, Ioannis Zervas, &  Yiannis  G.  Papakostas. (2006)  The Screening Role Of An Introductory Course In Cognitive Therapy Training  Academic Psychiatry 30 196-198

Mary Yannakoulia, Katerina Papanikolaou, Ioanna Hatzopoulou, Eleftheria Efstathiou, Constantina Papoutsakis. Association Between Family Divorce and Children's BMI and Meal Patterns: The GENDAI Study. (2008) Obesity (Silver Spring) 16(6) 1382-1387

K. Papanikolaou K, E. Paliokosta , G. Houliaras G, S. Vgenopoulou , E. Giouroukou ,  A. Pehlivanidis ,V. Tomaras, I Tsiantis. (2009) Using the Autism Diagnostic Interview –Revised and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-Generic for the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders in a Greek sample with a wide range of intellectual abilities. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 39 (4) :414-420

Gerasimos Kolaitis, Katerina Papanikolaou, Elena Paliokosta, John Tsiantis, Yolanda Gyftodimou, Catherine Sarri, Michael B Petersen, Haris Kokota (2009) De novo inverted interstitial duplication 8q22.1-q21.1 in a boy with moderate learning disabilities, mild autistic and dysmorphic features. Advances in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities 3(2) 48-52

The Autism Genome Project Consortium (2007) Mapping autism risk loci using genetic linkage and chromosomal rearrangements. Nature Genetics 19(3) 319-328


Dalila Pinto, Alistair T. Pagnamenta, Lambertus Klei, Richard Anney, Daniele Merico,K. Papanikolaou et al.(2010)  Functional impact of global rare copy number variation in autism spectrum disorders Nature  466:368-372