Professional ActivitiesDr. Despina Hadjikyriakou is a Registered Clinical Psychologist in Cyprus.
Dr. Hadjikyriakou completed her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Sociology on a Fulbright Scholarship. She then completed a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Columbia University in New York City. She continued her studies at Fordham University, where she obtained a Master’s and a PhD in Clinical Psychology, with a concentration in Neuropsychology and Health Psychology.
Dr. Hadjikyriakou is trained in a
variety of psychological treatments by current leaders in the field of psychology:
Her clinical experience is extensive. Dr. Hadjikyriakou has treated patients with various conditions such as depression,
anxiety disorders, insomnia, personality disorders, eating disorders,
and drug addiction/abuse among others. She has received practical training in group
psychotherapy at The Addiction Institute of New York, Intensive Outpatient Unit – St
Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital. She treated patients individually at The
Personal Counseling Center, Brooklyn
College, City University of New York where she was also appointed as the
liaison between the Health Center and the Counseling Center. Dr.
Hadjikyriakou has also treated patients at CBT-DBT Associates, a
practice specializing in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive
Behavioral Therapy in New York City.
Dr. Hadjikyriakou has conducted neuropsychological testing for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia (e.g. Parkinson's Disease dementia) at The Neurological Institute of NY, Center for Memory and Behavioral Disorders, Columbia University. She has also conducted comprehensive evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of neurobehavioral disorders, such as ADHD; traumatic brain injury; concussions; epilepsy; brain tumors; and genetic syndromes at The Children’s Neuroscience and Rehabilitation Center, JFK Medical Center in New Jersey, and at Neuro-Psychology Practice, PLLC.
Dr. Hadjikyriakou has been involved with research since 2003 and has published
in academic journals. Her doctoral dissertation explored
brain functioning in insomnia. She was also involved in various other
research projects including a study of a group treatment for insomnia; an
intergenerational study of depression using MRI; a child
psychiatry/epidemiology study; a study of emotion and emotion
regulation, resilience, and coping with grief and trauma; and a study of the
relationship between emotional status and memory. In Cyprus she has been employed as a Post-Doctoral Researcher by The Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics (CING) (Neurology Clinic B') for a study investigating a multidisciplinary approach to chronic pain. The study was funded by the European Union.
Hadjikyriakou has taught university courses in Neuropsychology,
Perception, Cognition, Developmental Psychopathology, Behavioral
Analysis and Modification, Mental Retardation, Introduction to
Psychology, and Health Psychology. She has also served as a teaching
for Concepts in Biology, Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods
in Psychology, and as a Peer Teacher for a sociology course (“Social
Theory and Social Issues”). In Cyprus she has thought courses at the
Department of Psychology and the Medical School of the University of Cyprus, at the Department of Psychology of Neapolis University, and at the Department of Health Sciences at the Cyprus University of Technology (TEPAK). She is currently teaching a post-graduate course for MA and PhD psychology students at the University of Cyprus.
Dr. Hadjikyriakou is employed by universities as a clinical supervisor to doctoral students in Clinical Psychology.
Honors & Awards
the International Neuropsychological Society
Cyprus Children Fund Scholarship Endowment for Graduate Studies
Natalie Allon Academic Scholarship in Sociology
Goldberg-Chappell Scholarship (upon nomination)
Induction in Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society, the oldest academic honor society in the United States (upon nomination).
ActivitiesDr. Hadjikyriakou has served as the President of the Cypriot Student Association in America for 2 years (2005-2007), and has helped organize various cultural and educational events in New York City. In the US, Dr. Hadjikyriakou has conducted psychoeducational seminars for college students and parent trainings. She has also been involved in business development, especially as it pertains to mental health and allied health professions. In Cyprus she has been invited as a guest speaker by various organizations, groups and corporations for expert talks and presentations.