Maria Petridou


Maria Petridou

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Special Academic Staff
  • Theological School of the Church of Cyprus
    1-7 Isocratous, 1016, Nicosia, Cyprus
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Profile: Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Special Academic Staff

1. Education

Degree Year Institution Department Final Project
B.A Psychology 2015 University of Cyprus Psychology Department Components of Empathy and Emotion Recognition for children with Conduct Problems   with or without Callous – Unemotional traits in preschool age
MSc in Clinical Psychology 2016 University of Leiden Psychology Department The role of stress in attentional control and in attentional bias to threat
PhD in Clinical Psychology 2022 University of Cyprus Psychology Department Neurophysiological Patterns associated with differentiated levels of Antisocial Behavior, Anxiety, and Callous-Unemotional Traits. The effectiveness of HRV Biofeedback training with video-games


2. Qualifications / Skills

Description Level
Greek Native speaker
English C1
French B1
Computer  Office package- Outlook
SPSS, MadLab
Analysis of physiological data (Acknowledge 4.1)


3. Εmployment

Duration of Employment Employer   Position
From Until
August 2021 Now Theological School of the Church of Cyprus Special Academic Staff in European Programs
September 2021 Αugust 2022 European University of Cyprus European Project “Convicts Upskilling Pathways” Research Associate
January 2022 May 2022 University of Cyprus/Department of Psychology MSc Program in Counselling and School Orientation Special Academic Staff/Special Scientist
January 2022 Μay 2022 Neapolis University Distance Master Program in Educational Psychology Special Academic Staff
February 2022 Now Private Practice as a Registered Clinical Psychologist
June 2018 July 2019 Resilient Lives Research Associate
January 2017 June 2018 Centre for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development (SeeD), Λευκωσία Κύπρος Data Analysts


4. Scholarships and Awards

Μarch 2021 Award «ΕΥ Cyprus» memorial of Xristias Rossidou-Sotiriou  (2000 euros)
June 2019-December 2022 Evagoras’ Scholarship for Doctorate Students of University of Cyprus (for three years, 8 000 euros per year)
June 2018 Award of Best Poster Presentation in 6th Conference of European Association of Child and Adolescent Psychology: “Young victims and young offenders: Prevention and intervention within families and institutions (500 euros)


5. Teaching

January -May 2022 University of Cyprus/Department of Psychology
MSc Program in Counselling and School Orientation
SΥΜ 605: Vocational Guideline and Counselling
January -May 2022

Neapolis University

Distance Master Program in Educational Psychology

PSCH 605: School Environment and Gender Identities during adolescence

PSYCH 607: Statistics and Research Methods

September- December 2021 Theological School of Church of Cyprus THEO.130. Personal Communicational Skills
September 2016 -Μay 2021 University of Cyprus/Department of Psychology
Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology
PSΥCH 101:Developmental Psychology, PSYCH 103: Clinical Psychology I- Personality Theories, PSYCH 220: Clinical Psychology ΙΙ- Psychopathology, SΥΜ 201: Research Methods


6. Administrative Duties

2017-2018Coordinate of Doctorate students for their Internship in Mental Health Center of the University of Cyprus


7. Member of Research Boards and Professional Services

June 2022 Elected Member of Young Researcher Committee of EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION FOR RESEARCH ON ADOLESCENTS (EARA)
January 2017- Now Member of Scientific Study of Psychopathy- SSSP)
January 2017-Now Member of Cyprus Psychology Association
October 2016-May 2020 Representative Member of Doctorate Students in Clinical Psychology of University of Cyprus


8. Member of Conference Organising Committees

9. Reviewer for Journals


10. Research Programmes – Funding

2018-2022 The research program “Neurophysiological Patterns of Anxiety, Antisocial Behavior, and Callous-Unemotional-Traits. The effectiveness of HRV Biofeedback training with video games” was funded by Cyprus Youths Organization with the amount of 3 975 euros


11. Memoranda of Understanding


12. Research Interests
Child and adolescents internalizing and externalizing problems, neurophysiological assessment, emotional processing/ regulation, HRV Biofeedback Intervention.

Design and Implementation of prevention and intervention programs for school violence, youth delinquency reduction, as well as crime resistance for detainees.


13. Publications
Petridou, M., Fanti, K.A., (under review). The effectiveness of HRV Biofeedback training with the video games on externalizing and internalizing problems.  Journal of applied psychophysiology and biofeedback.

Fanti, K.A., Kyranides, M.M., Petridou, M., Demetriou, C.A., Konikkou., & Georgiou, G. (under review).
Physiological reactivity to fear Moderates the Relation Between Parenting Distress and Antisocial
Behaviors. Child Development.          

Kyranides M.N., Petridou, M., Gokani, H.A. Him, S., & Fanti, K. A. (2022). Reading and reacting to faces, the effect of facial mimicry in improving facial emotion recognition in individuals with antisocial behavior and   psychopathic traits. Current Psychology, 1-14.

Costeris, C., Petridou, M., & Ioannou, Y. (2021). Social Support and Appearance Satisfaction Can Predict Changes in the Psychopathology Levels of Patients with Acne, Psoriasis and Eczema, before Dermatological
teatment and in a Six-Month Follow-up Phase. Psych, 3(3), 259-268.

Costeris, C., Petridou, M., & Ioannou, Y. (2021). The critical role of body dysmorphic disorder in dermatological patients’ body image: patients’ desire to seek even more medical treatments increases
after dermatological treatment. GLOBAL PSYCHIATRY, 4(1), 95-108.

Costeris, C., Petridou, M., & Ioannou, G., (2021). Factors that Predict Patients’ Satisfaction with Psychological
Outcome and the Appearance of their skin after treatment. Journal of Clinical & Experimental
Dermatology Research, 12
(1), 1-9.

Costeris, C., Petridou, M., & Ioannou, G., (2020). Psychological impact of skin disorders on patients’ self-
esteem and perceived social support. Journal of Dermatology and Skin Science,3(1), 14-22. Kyranides, M. N., Fanti, K. A., Petridou, M., & Kimonis, E., (2020). In the eyes of the beholder:
Distinctions in patterns of eye gaze in primary and secondary psychopathy. European Child &

Adolescent Psychiatry, 29, 1441-145.

Fanti, K.A., Kyranides, M.N., Petridou, M., Demetriou, C.A, & Georgiou, G. (2018). Neurophysiological biomarkers associated with heterogeneity in Conduct Problems, Callous Unemotional Traits and Anxiety in children and young adults. Special Issue in Developmental Psychopathology, 54(9), 1634-1649.

Fanti, K.A., Kyranides, M.N., Georgiou, G., Petridou, M., Colins, O.F., Tuvblad, C., & Andershed, H. (2017). Callous-unemotional, impulsive-irresponsible, and grandiose-manipulative traits: Distinct associations with subjective and physiological measures. Psychophysiology, 54(5), 663-672.