Dr. Monica Shiakou is a full time Associate Professor at the European University Cyprus (EUC) and Chairperson of the Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences. Dr. Shiakou obtained her Ph.D in 2007 in Educational Psychology from Birkbeck University of London. Prior to obtaining a Ph.D, she trained at the Anna Freud Centre (U.K) were she received an M.Sc in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology from U.C.L in 2003. In 2002 she graduated from Sheffield University with a B.Sc in Psychology.
Her research interests include evaluation of the effects of after-school programs on children’s development, assessment of developmentally appropriate practices in school settings, children’s play, and relationships between parenting styles and children’s adjustment
In 2011, she designed the Beat Bullying Program ("Hope for Children"- CRC Policy Centre) through which she has provided actions and trainings to students, parents and teaching staff on a national level. Through the "European Hotline for Missing Children 11600" program, funded by the European Commission, she offered school-bullying education to more than 600 educators and school counselors in Cyprus (2013-2015) .
In 2017 she was appointed by the Ministry of Education and Culture (The Observatory of School Violence) as the leading researcher to measure and investigate the types of school violence and how these relate to gender stereotypes. This research will form the backbone of a National Strategy on School Violence, which will be designed after the research is completed.
In 2016, she started a collaboration with the House of Hope, overseeing the work of the Psychologists of the Organization (Asylum Fund, Republic of Cyprus, The Agency for Asylum, Immigration and Integration)
Dr. Shiakou has also worked on a number of funded research and has published a number of papers in international journals and has presented her work in conferences.
Dr.Shiakou holds a license to practice in the field of Educational Psychology.