Theodoros Giovazolias Associate Professor in Counselling Psychology


Akis Giovazolias

Associate Professor in Counselling Psychology

Akis Giovazolias Akis Giovazolias studied Psychology at  University of Crete. He then completed his Master’s in Psychology and Counselling at the Manchester Metropolitan University and his Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the University of Surrey in UK. His doctoral dissertation focused on matching therapeutic interventions in drug and alcohol addiction, according to clients’ stage of motivation. He was appointed as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Psychology, University of Crete (2002-2005), where he was elected Lecturer in June 2005, Assistant Professor in December 2010 and Associate Professor in September 2015. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the MSc in Counselling Psychology at University of Athens and a Visiting Lecturer in London City University. His research interests include the effects of intrerpersonal (both from parents and peers) in the psychological adjustment in children and young adults as well as issues pertaining student counselling. His main interests lie in the following fields:

  • Interpersonal acceptance and rejection
  • Parenting and psychological adjustment in children and young adults
  • Bullying and victimization
  • Counselling in addictions
  • Student counselling

Akis Giovazolias has edited the book Counselling Psychology: Current Issues in Research and Practice (Pedio Publications, 2014), and translated and edited in Greek the book New Perspectives on Bullying (Ken Rigby, 2008). He has published 40 scientific papers in Greek (15) and international (25) peer-review journals and books   and has received more than 180 citations. He has served as an ad hoc reviewer in more than 20 international peer-reviewed journals and he is the Associate Editor of the European Journal of Counselling Psychology.

Selected Publications

  1. Giaouzi, Α. & Giovazolias, Τ. (2015). Remembered parental rejection and social anxiety: The mediating role of partner acceptance-rejection. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24 (11), 3170-3179.
  2. Mitsopoulou, E. & Giovazolias, T. (2015). Personality Traits, Empathy and Bullying Behavior: A Meta-Analytic Approach. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 21, 61-72.
  3. Passa, I. & Giovazolias. T. (2015). Evaluation of a self-help group for parents of substance addicted offspring: A mixed methods approach. Substance Use and Misuse, 50 (1), 32-39. 
  4. Giovazolias, T. (2014). The moderating role of Parental Power/Prestige on the relationship between Parental Rejection and Psychological Maladjustment in a Greek student sample. Cross-Cultural Research, 48 (3), 240-249. 
  5. Giovazolias, T. & Themeli, O. (2014). Social learning conceptualization for substance abuse: Implications for therapeutic interventions. European Journal of Counselling Psychology, 3(1), 69-88. 
  6. Giovazolias, T., Leontopoulou, S., & Triliva, S. (2010). Assessment of Greek University Students’ Counselling Needs and Attitudes: An Exploratory Study. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 32 (2), 101-116.
  7. Giovazolias, T. & Davis, P. (2005). Matching Therapeutic Interventions to Drug and Alcohol Abusers’ Stage of Motivation: The Clients’ Perspective. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 18 (3), 171-182.