Maria Karekla PhD

Maria Karekla PhD

Dr. Maria Karekla is a licensed clinical psychologist, an Associate Professor at the University of Cyprus and the Director of the ACThealthy Laboratory. Dr. Karekla has expertise in ACT and ACT for health behaviors. Her research focuses on areas of health promotion and the investigation of individual difference factors (especially psychological flexibility parameters) as they relate to the development and maintenance of various behavioral difficulties (especially anxiety, addictive behaviors, eating, and health related problems). Additionally, she examines the treatment of these difficulties utilizing Acceptance and Commitment-based principles and innovative delivery methods (e.g., digital interventions, virtual reality). Her research received numerous local, European and international grants, and awards by (among others) the European Council and Pompidou's group, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy. Her first psychotherapeutic children's story book was nominated in 2017 for the National Literary Awards in the category Children/Adolescents and also for her illustrations for the book. In 2018 she was nominated as Cyprus "Woman of the Year: Academic/Researcher category."
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