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John Kouros                                     

 J. Kouros is the President, Scientific Director and Founder of the A.P.P.A.C.

After completing his Medical Studies in Athens, he moved to Paris where he specialised in Adult Psychiatry (CES, Paris VII), Psychoanalysis (École Freudienne), and Child Psychology & Paedagogics (DEA, Paris V). He is a member of the European Psychiatric Association , the European Family Therapy Association and the Athens Medical Association.

John was trained as a psychiatrist (1974 – 1980) at Ville-Evrard Hospital, Evreux Hospital and Sainte Anne Hospital. Upon his return to Greece, he worked for St. Sophia Hospital, the Institution for Social Insurance, UCB Pharmaceutical Co., the Red Cross and the Communal Medical Center of Kifissia.

In 1986 he founded the A.P.P.A.C., and in 1989 he became the Greek representative and President of the Hellenic Association of Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus (H.A.S.B.HY.). A year later, he founded the Hellenic Association for Protection & Rehabilitation for Multihandicapped People.

Since 1994, he has been a supervisor of medical book editions and the Chief Editor of A.P.P.A.C. Archives, a quarterly medical journal. His sensitivity towards raising Mental Health awareness has driven him to organise numerous seminars, symposia and conferences, and to participate in over 500 radio and T.V. broadcasts analyzing related matters.

My LinkedIn:  http://gr.linkedin.com/in/johnkouros 

Detailed CV


 Prof. Feni Sidiropoulou

Dr. Sidiropoulou is the Vice-President of the A.P.P.A.C. - and a Board Member since 1986.

Her studies were in Clinical Psychopedagogics (BA and MSc) in Paris VIII University (France) while she gained her PhD in Psychology, Philosophy and Pedagogics from the Athens National University (Greece).

Dr. Sidiropoulou was a lecturer for Universities (in Athens and Thessaloniki) and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Psychopedagogics Dept. of the Athens Technological Institution. Her research and publications main focus is on communication in nursery schools, study of educational innovations, family relations and childhood education.


Panagiotis Beredimas

Neurologist, one of the founding members of the A.P.P.A.C., he is the President of Northern Greece branch.

Panagiotis Beredimas studied in Athens Medical School and he was specialised in Neurophysiology and in Gerontology. He is the Director of Medical Services at Petra Olymbou Psychiatric Hospital.

He is a former Consultant for the National Health System of Western Macedonia and Thraki and President of the Medical Association of Pieria. He is a member of the evaluation committee for Neurology specialty in Thessaly and Macedonia, a representative for the Dementia Sector of the Greek Neurological Association.


George Freris

George Freris has been a member of the A.P.P.A.C. since 1992 and he is the Head of the Aegean Islands A.P.P.A.C. Sector.

A Child Psychiatrist, (Medical School of Padova University, Italy and Child Psychiatry Residency in Athens, Greece) he is currently in charge of the Medical and Pedagogical Centre of the Mental Health Dept. of the General Hospital “Sotiria” in Athens.

Further to his medical studies, he holds a MA in Social Child Psychiatry (Med. School of Ioannina, Greece) and a MA in Health Services Management (CNAM, Paris, France). He has founded and directed several services for children (in both the private and public sector) and is a volunteer child psychiatrist in “Anihti Agalia” NGO. He is a member of the European Family Therapy Association, the European Association for Professionals Working in the Drug Field (Ithaca), the Psychiatric Association of Greece, the Greek Scientific Society for Dyslexia, the Lesvos Island Foundation “Theomitor”, and other medical societies.


Theoni Harissi

Mrs. Charissi is a member of the A.P.P.A.C. since 1990 and a Board Member since 2011.

She studied in the Higher Educational School of Health Visitors and Nurses gaining the license of Health Visitor and Nurse and then she got her Therapist – Social Pedagogy Diploma from the Institute of Therapeutic Social Pedagogy.

Her training includes 750hrs Seminar & Training from the Psychology Centre of Northern Greece: Annual (including summer school) “The Montessori Method for Children”, which was supervised by Dr. T. Nanakou (Psychiatrist) and Professors from the Albert-Schweitzer School (Dortmund, Germany) in 1967-1968.

She had attended many congresses and workshops on Mental Health. Her continuous interest in psychotherapy and education of children, as well as in family functions, drove her to the family therapy specialization (EFTA member since 2010).