Dr. Monica Shiakou

School : School of Humanities, Social and Education Sciences
Department : Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Position : Chairperson Associate Professor, Educational Psychology

Dr. Monica Shiakou Mailing Address
European University Cyprus,
6, Diogenes Str.
Nicosia
P.O Box: 22006
Cyprus

22713201 22713201

22590539 22590539

Email: M.Siakou@euc.ac.cy M.Siakou@euc.ac.cy

Profile

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. 

Degrees

Ph.D in Psychology ( Developmental and Educational psychology), Birkbeck University of London, UK

M.Sc in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology, UCL ( Anna Freud Centre)

B.Sc in Psychology, Univerisy of Sheffield UK

Publications

  • Shiakou, M. & Belsky, J. (2009). Exploring Effects of Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Cyprus. Early Education & Development, 20, 565 – 583.
  • Haerens L, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Barba G, Eiben G, Fernandez J, Hebestreit A, Kovács E, Lasn H, Regber S, Shiakou M, De Henauw S.  (2009). Developing the IDEFICS community-based intervention program to enhance eating behaviors in 2- to 8-year-old children: findings from focus groups with children and parents. Health Education Research  24, 3, 381-93.
  • Haerens L, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Barba G, Eiben G, Fernandez J, Hebestreit A, Kovács E, Lasn H, Regber S, Shiakou M, De Henauw S. (2010). Formative research to develop the IDEFICS physical activity intervention component: findings from focus groups with children and parents. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 7 246-256
  • Hebestreit ,A., Keimer, M., Hassel, H., Nappo, A., Eiben, G., Alvira, J.M.F., Kovacs, E., Lasn, H., &  Shiakou, M. (2010). What do children understand? Communicating health behavior in a European multi-centre study. Journal of Public Health,18 (4) 391-401.
  • Shiakou. M. (2011). Representations of attachment patterns in the family drawings of maltreated and non-maltreated children. Child Abuse Review, 21(3) 203-218.
  • Shiakou, M. & Belsky, J. (2013) Exploring parent attitudes towards children’s play and learning in Cyprus. Journal of Research in Childhood Education. 27(1) 17-30.

Conferences

    • Shiakou. M. (2017). Representations of attachment patterns in the family drawings ofmaltreated and non-maltreated children. Invited Symposium. International Attachment Conference, London UK.
    • Pikki, L., & Shiakou, M. (2016). Investigating the use of drama in understanding bullying: Evidence from primary school children. 6th Greek Conference in Counselling Psychology. Athens
    • Shiakou. M., Kleitou, H., Yerolemou, G.., & Hatzimichael, S. (2016). Understanding bullying through the eyes of children. ISPA Conference 2016 Amsetrdam. School Psychology 3.0- A world of connections. University of Amsterdam.
    • Shiakou. M  Kleitou, H., Yerolemou, G.., & Hatzimichael, S (2016). Understanding bullying through the eyes of children. BULLYING - ΣΧΟΛΙΚΟΣ ΕΚΦΟΒΙΣΜΟΣ: Ψυχοκοινωνικές, Εκπαιδευτικές Συνέπειες & η Αντιμετώπισή τους. University of Macedonia.
    • Shiakou. M (2015) Changes in After School Time Use in Cyprus: Play and Education The 14th European Congress of Psychology. University of Milano
    • Shiakou. M (2015) Changes in After School Time Use in Cyprus: Play and Education. 15ο Συνέδριο Ψυχολογικής Ερευνάς. University of Cyprus
    • Shiakou. M. (2011). Representations of attachment patterns in the family drawings of maltreated and non-maltreated children. 16th International A.P.P.A.C Conference. Congress Series Six: Neuropsychiatric, Psychological, and Social Updates and Challenges-Athens Greece.
     
 
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