Applied Psychology Laboratory





The Applied Psychology Laboratory of the Department of Psychology at the University of Crete offers an Early Stage Researcher position in the context of the Neo-PRISM-C Project. 

Deadline extended until April 30.

View the Call here.


Name of Research Unit

Applied Psychology Laboratory


Konstantinos Kafetsios, Professor in Social and Organizational Psyschology

Contact Details





Tel. +2831077534

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Publication of Regulation (FEK)

ΦΕΚ 91.23/05/1995

Aims of research unit

The laboratory was founded in 2004 in order to support the Psychology faculty and students in the development and application of quantitative methods for psychological research and practice. It includes a sound-proof testing room, an interview/observation room and further testing rooms. The Laboratory's computing facilities include experimental design and advanced data analyses platforms including SUPERLAB, DMDX, SPSS, EQS, LISREL, and AMOS. Laboratory equipment also include a Psychophysiology Pack (BIOPACK) and an Eye Tracking device.

Since its inception, applied research conducted in the laboratory has produced a number of psychometric instruments designed to assess cognitive and linguistic abilities in children and adults in a variety of settings (schools, special education classrooms, diagnostic canters for learning disabilities, neurology and psychiatry clinics). Tests for school-age children include batteries for the assessment of attention and executive functions, the Greek adaptation of the Peabody Picture Vocabulary test, tests of Spelling, Reading Fluency and Math, and the Emotional Intelligence Scale for Children. Tests designed and standardized in adult populations include the Greek version of the Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence, the Wechsler Memory Scale, the Battery of Computerized Tests of Executive Function, the Battery of Vocabulary Assessment Tests, and the Greek version of the Difficulties of Emotional Regulation scale. Psychometric instruments developed (or adapted) and standardized in Greek populations are routinely used in patients referred for neuropsychological evaluation.

The Laboratory comprises researchers whose research interests align with the goal of promoting high-quality advanced research.

Objectives/Fields of Research

1. Social and Organizational Psychology, Leadership, Emotional capabilities at work, Cultural orientations, Emotion in social interaction

2. Psychometric testing, Measurement Theory, Personality Measurement, Measurement of Abilities, Emotional Intelligence

3.Health Psychology, Adaptation to chronic illness, Self-regulation, Stress and coping

4.Community Psychology

5. Cultural Historical Psychology, History and epistemology of psychology

Collaborating Faculty

Konstantinos Kafetsios, Professor in Social & Organizational Psychology

Ioannis Tsaousis, Professor in Psychometrics

Theodoros Giovazolias, Associate Professor in Counselling Psychology

Emmanouil Dafermakis, Associate Professor in Epistemology of Psychology

Olga Themeli, Associate Professor in Developmental Psychology

Theano Kokkinaki, Associate Professor in Developmental Psychology

Panagiota Dimitropoulou, Assistant Professor in Educational Psychology

Dimitrios Nikolopoulos, Assistant Professor in School Psychology

Aikaterini Venianaki, Laboratory and Teaching Staff

Maria Georgiadi, Laboratory and Teaching Staff

Georgios Kandylis, Laboratory and Teaching Staff 

Research Projects (after 2010)


Project 1

Title: “Cognitive, psychosocial, and physiological aspects of patient adaptation and well-being in autoimmune chronic diseases: A longitudinal study of multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis”.


Scientific responsible (Co-PI): Prof. P. Simos, Associate Prof. Evangelos Karademas

Departments: Psychology, Medicine

Funding agency: ARISTEIA [EXCELLENCE] Program, Operational Programme for Education and Lifelong Learning 2007-2013 (E.P.E.D.V.M.) of the NSRF.

Project 2

Title: EMOENTRE. “Emotions evoked by entrepreneurship as a career choice”. (2012-2015)

Brief description: EMO-ENTRE is an interdisciplinary research endeavor, which spans across Management and Social and Organizational Psychology. It aims to provide an understanding of how emotional inform entrepreneurship processes (cognitions, behaviors) as a career choice among Greek career starters.

Website of project:

Scientific responsible: Prof. Vassilis Moustakis, TUof Crete (PI) ( Associate Prof. Konstantinos Kafetsios, Univ. of Crete (Co-PI)

Research Team: Dr. Leonidas Zampetakis, TUofCrete, Mr. Manolis Lerakis, MSc, PhD cand. (TUofCrete)

Department: School of Production Engineering & Management & Psychology Department, University of Crete

Funding Agency: Hellenic General Secretariat for Research and Technology, ARISTEIA (EXCELLENCE) call.

Total budget: c. 180.000E

Project 3

Title: "Adaptation and Standardization of Vocational Guidance Tests at the Interactive Portal of Counselling and Vocational Guidance." (2014)

Scientific responsible (PI): Associate Prof. Ioannis Tsaousis

Funding agency: National Organization for the Certification of Qualifications & Vocational Guidance (EOPPEP).

Project 4

Title: DIGIT-M-ED— “Global Perspectives on Learning and Development with Digital Video-Editing Media: A Qualitative Inquiry in Everyday Lives of Marginalized Young People”.

Brief description: The focus of the investigation was on the digital capturing, editing and circulating of audio-visual data employed by young people. The various research teams investigated media practices such as tubing, filmmaking and gaming. Each team explored how young people, in their respective countries, employ these technologies as means for self- expression and communication with others. A specific focus concerned youth experiencing difficult situations such as: economic crisis in urban Greece, marginality in São Paulo outskirts, and disability in Moscow. Another focus concerned emerging youth protest cultures in India and Brazil. In all these practices digital technologies played a significant role in facilitating youth expression and communication. The project’s main achievement has been the elaboration of an interdisciplinary, cross- level methodology for cross-analyzing a) psychological processes, b) the design of media interfaces and c) the on- and off-line collaboration among users while taking under consideration the broader social, cultural and historical contexts of media use.

Scientific Responsible: Manolis Dafermakis (Dafermos),

Department: Psychology

Funding agency: Marie Curie Actions—International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES). European Union.

Total budget: 220.000 euro


Project 5

Title: REVITAL"Real and VIrTuAL Social Interactions-Crossroads and Reciprocities." (2014)

Brief description: Within the REVITAL project the aim is to examine simultaneously people’s activities and their respective emotions in order to capture and recognize patterns and behavioural models. In this sense the REVITAL main outcome is the design of a framework which permit the analysis of humans' emotional state and behaviour in both their offline and online activities. Overall the main outcomes of the REVITAL are summarized as follows: Web and mobile application for monitoring humans' emotions in their everyday offline activities. Approaches for integrating and simultaneously analysing humans' emotional states and behaviours in offline and online activities (e.g. common patterns, deviations).


Scientific responsible: Prof. Athena Vakali, Department of Informatics, Aristotle University (PI) & Konstantinos Kafetsios, Psychology Department University of Crete (Co-PI)

Research Team: Ms Despoina Chatzakou, BSc (AUTH), MSc (AUTH), PhD. cand., Dr. Alexios Arvanitis, BSc, MSc(AEUB), PhD (Panteion).

Funding Agency: FP7, European Network of Excellence in Internet Science

Project 6


Title: ForEmost: "Female Entrepreneurship, Motivation and Growth: Implementing a cultural identity framework for female entrepreneurship". European Economic Area Grants (

Brief description: The empirical investigation of factors related to womens' and mens' cultural identity and how those can explain gender differences in entrepreneurial intention and behavior.

Website: To be announced

Scientific responsible: Associate Professor Konstantinos Kafetsios

Department of Psychology

Website of Scientific responsible:

Funding agency: EEA grants

Total budget: 46.500E

Project 7 


Title: Neurodevelopmental Optimal-Predictors, Risk Factors, and Intervention from a Systems approach to Maladjustment in Children (Neo-PRISM-C)

Scientific and Research Team:

Panagiota Dimitropoulou, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology (University of Crete Coordinator)

Ioannis Tsaousis, Professor, Department of Psychology

Project website:

Funding agency: Horizon 2020, Marie Sklodowska-Curie, European Training Networks (ETN)

Events 2015-2016

September 2016, Concluding conference of the FOREMOST project (TBA)

International Events

"Cultural-Historical, Activity and Socio-cultural Research at Times of the Contemporary Crisis: Implications for Education and Human Development "

The section of South and Central Europe and Middle East of the International Society for Cultural-Historical and Activity Research (ISCAR) (, the Department of Psychology at the School of Social Sciences and the Department of Preschool Education at the University of Crete, and the Department of Preschool Education at the University of Ioannina announce the organization of the International conference "Cultural Historical, Activity and Sociocultural Research at Times of Contemporary Crisis". The conference will be held at University of Crete ( which is located in the city of Rethymno during the 18th and 19th of June 2016.

Current cultural historical activity and sociocultural approaches face unprecedented challenges connected with the contemporary world economic, ecological, social and political crisis and its multiple forms of expression at different levels of human development at different parts of the globe. The conference aims to stimulate reflective discussions and to promote research on ecological, social, cultural, psychological and political impacts of the contemporary economic crisis on human development, as well as to denote perspectives of resistance.

Chair of the conference: M.Dafermakis (Dafermos)