Our Team

George Nikolaidis

George Nikolaidis was born in Patras, Greece in 1969. He studied Medicine and Psychiatry. He was awarded with a PhD thesis on “Morbidity Hypodigm and Medical Care in Greece: the correlation of their parallel development”, an MSc degree in “Philosophy of Mental Disorder” from KCL, University of London and an MA degree in “Psychoanalytic Studies” from University of Sheffield.

His scientific interests include a range of issues involving Public Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Health Policy and Politics, Methodologies of Quality Assessment of Health Services, Epistemology and Philosophy of Health Sciences, Philosophy of Psychopathology, Psychoanalytic Theory, Studies on the phenomena of Violence and Death and Methodology of Research. Accordingly, he has published monographs and articles in Hellenic or international scientific journals as well as delivered a number of presentations in scientific conferences on the aforementioned topics.

He has been teaching in various post graduate programs, participated as a trainer in health promotion  and training programs regarding issues like child abuse and neglect and domestic violence, mental health reform and rehabilitation, epidemiology and health policies, social inequalities, and methodology of public health sciences. He has also been leading or coordinating research, training and clinical projects related to child protection, violence and epidemiology.

He has been previously working in psychosocial rehabilitation and mental health services practicing clinical psychiatry. Since September 2005 he is the Head of Department of Mental Health and Social Welfare and the Centre for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect of Institute of Child Health. He is national representative of Greece to WHO for child abuse and neglect issues and CoE’s Lanzarote Committee in which he is an elected Member of its Bureau.



Korina Hatzinikolaou

Korina Hatzinikolaou is a Developmental Psychologist at the Department of Mental Health and Social Welfare, Institute of Child Health, specializing in infancy development and infancy research. She is also Lecturer of Developmental Psychopathology, Department of Preschool Education, The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

She read Psychology at the University of Crete, Greece, and she received her PhD in Psychology from Winnicott Research Unit, School of Psychology, University of Reading, UK. She has lectured Developmental Psychology and Developmental Psychopathology in higher education institutions in Brazil and in Greece and she has conducted research on mother-infant interaction, infant empathy, postnatal depression, child abuse and neglect, among others. She is trained on Video Interaction Guidance and works with it in a prevention and early intervention context.

She is the Scientific Coordinator of the project “Southeast Safe Net: Preventing child trafficking and protecting unaccompanied minors in Greek-Turkish Borders - SESN”, which is carried out by the Institute of Child Health, Department of Mental Health and Social Welfare.



Christina Chatzinikolaou

Christina Chatzinikolaou holds a BA degree in Theatre Studies (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Department of Theatre Studies) and an MA in Theatre and Media for Development (University of Winchester, Faculty of Arts).

She has cooperated with NGOS, National Universities and private organizations in Greece implementing interventions and research projects through drama for social vulnerable groups, as prisoners, young immigrants and roma street children. She has organized and run a number of drama workshops for young people and adults. Since 2012, she is the director of the theatre group of the employees of Manpower Employment Organization (OAED) of Attica.

From September 2014 till now she is a scientific associate at the Institute of Child Health, Department of Mental Health and Social Welfare (Athens, Greece) for “Southeast Safe Net” Project, implementing workshops for unaccompanied minors residing in shelters around Greece. These workshops aim to empower unaccompanied minors, to inform them about their rights, according to UN Convention on the Rights of Child, to explore possible dangers they are exposed to, such as trafficking, and to help them develop self-protection skills.


Vasiliki Tsagkari

Vasiliki Tsagkari, Clinical Psychologist  MSc. Studied in Panteion University, Universite Paris VIII (Master 1 Clinical Psychology: Psychotherapies) and Universite de Strasbourg (Master 2 Research: Clinical Psychology, Psychopathology and Psychoanalysis).

Clinical experience in: Detention Center of Corinth, EPAPSY (Association for Regional Development and Mental Health, Athens), EKP&PY (Association of Social Psychiatry and Mental Health, Athens), Strasbourg Hospital, asm13 (Association of Mental Health 13eme, Paris) where she has worked with adolescents, adults, migrants and unaccompanied minors.

Actually she works on the intervention part of SESN, in shelters for unaccompanied minors all over  Greece implementing a workshop of Social Theatre and Psychology.


Elina Roinioti

Elina Roinioti holds a bachelor degree in sociology (Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences) and a two-year master’s degree in sociology and specifically in Social and Political Theory. Currently she is a Phd Candidate at the department of Communication, Media and Culture at Panteion University, on the field of sociology of digital games. She has being working as a researcher in various national and international research programs  on scientific areas related to criminology, social inclusion and immigration. She has a long collaboration with National Centre of Social Research (EKKE) and has worked as an external researcher for University of Athens and University of Oslo. She is working as an assistant coordinator at the Institute of Child Health for “Southeast Safe Net” Project.

Co-funded by the Prevention of and Fight against Crime Programme of the European Union

Angelika Gyftopoulou

Angelika Gyftopoulou is an attorney, member of the Athens Bar Association. She has studied law at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (GR) and holds a Master of Arts in Childhood Studies and Children’s Rights from the Freie Universitaet Berlin (DE).

The last two years she has been engaged together with a team in developing a Protocol for professionals who are responding to child abuse and neglect cases. She is focused on the applicable national, European and international laws. To that end she has been participating in the education of professionals in matters of child abuse and neglect.

At the same time, she is part of the Southeast Safe Net project team for the prevention of trafficking of unaccompanied minors. She is involved in the training of front line responders focusing on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and State’s obligations deriving from that. Moreover, she informs the personnel of shelters that host unaccompanied minors about children’s rights and the applicable laws in matters of immigration and trafficking. Lastly, she meets with the children living in the shelters to hear their concerns regarding their legal status in Europe.

Vaso Pappa

Vaso Pappa, Clinical Psychologist, Msc.

Vaso Pappa holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) and a three-year master’s degree in clinical psychology (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens).

Clinical experience: Iris Therapeutic Hostel for Adolescents-A.P.H.C.A. (Association for the Psychosocial Health of Children and Adolescents-Ε.Ψ.Υ.Π.Ε), Perivolaki III-Hellenic Center for Mental Health and Therapy for Children and Families, Mental Health Mobile Unit of West Cyclades-EPAPSY (Association for Regional Development and Mental Health, Athens), Migrant Detention Center, Elliniko-Medical Intervention.

Within the framework of the “Southeast Safe Net: Preventing child trafficking and protecting unaccompanied minors in Greek-Turkish Borders - SESN” project that is carried out by the Institute of Child Health, Department of Mental Health and Social Welfare “Southeast Safenet-SESN”, she is working as a research assistant for the development of a set of tools that facilitate the identification of cases of child trafficking, along with a training manual on how to be used by the police working at the Greek-Turkish borders and cooperating professionals, while she is taking part at the creation of a database for registering trafficked and/or unaccompanied minors entering illegally to Greece.