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Dr Militsa Nikiforou

LECTURER IN PSYCHOLOGY


MNikiforou@uclan.ac.uk

+357 24694049

Qualifications

Ph.D. in Psychology (University of Cyprus, 2013)

M.Sc. Cognitive, Developmental and Educational Psychology (University of Cyprus, 2010)

B.Α. Educational Sciences (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 2008)

PGCert of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (UCLan, UK, 2017)

 

Specialization

Developmental and Educational Psychology

 

Employment Track

Lecturer in Psychology, UCLan Cyprus (2013 – Present)

Special Teaching Staff, BSc Police Studies, Open University of Cyprus (January 2020 – July 2020)

Special Teaching Staff, BSc Police Studies, Open University of Cyprus (January 2019 – June 2019) Special Teaching Staff, Department of Psychology, University of Cyprus (January 2017 – May 2017)

Special Teaching Staff, Ministry of Education, University of Cyprus, Pre-Service Program for Secondary Education (September 2016 – January 2017) 

Consultant, Pedagogical Institute of Cyprus (October 2015 – April 2016).

Special Teaching Staff, Ministry of Education, University of Cyprus, Pre-Service Program for Secondary Education (September 2015 – January 2016) 

Consultant, Pedagogical Institute of Cyprus (October 2014 – April 2015)

Special Teaching Staff, Department of Psychology, University of Cyprus (September 2012 – July 2014)

Consultant, Pedagogical Institute of Cyprus (October 2013 – March 2014)

Teaching Assistant, Department of Psychology, University of Cyprus (January 2011 – June 2012)

 

Memberships (Academic/Professional)

  • European Association for Research in Adolescence (EARA)
  • Hellenic Psychological Association
  • Cyprus Psychological Association (CYPSA)

 

Research Interests

Bullying and victimization, Parent-child relationship, adolescence, childhood, Cyberbullying; adolescents’ problem behaviour; internalizing and externalizing problems in children; Sources of Parental knowledge; Parent-child conflict; delinquency; antisocial behaviour during childhood and adolescence; attitudes towards society

 

Roles and Responsibilities (including past roles and responsibilities)

Teaching and Course Leadership 

  • Course Leader of BSc (Hons) Psychology, UCLan Cyprus (August 2015/16- September 2018)

 

  • Module Leadership/Delivery (UCLan Cyprus): PS1400: Psychology in Practice, PS1200: Biopsychology and Cognition, PS1020: Social and Developmental Psychology, PS1650: Turning Goldfish into Elephants, PS1610: Introduction to Evolutionary Psychology, PS1710: Historical Foundations of Psychology, PS1640: Psychology of the Media, PS2800: Forensic Psychology, PS2040: Individual Differences, PS3070: Psychology Placement Module, PS3015: Crime impacts and consequences, PS4802: Personal Attributes of Offenders and Victims (MSc 1 semester-invited lecturer), PS4803: Professional Practice: Forensic Consultancy and Supervision (MSc 1 semester-invited lecturer).
  • Past module Leadership/Delivery (UCY and OUC): Educational Psychology, Family psychology, Counseling Psychology (MSc), Police and Forensic Psychology (2 years-distance learning)

Administrative Roles

  • School of Sciences Lead and Member of the University Student Experience and Engagement Committee (SEEC), 2015/2016 – 2019/2020

 

Selective Publications 

  • Charalampous, K., Georgiou, S., Demetriou, C, Tricha, L., Nikiforou, M., & Stavrinides, P. (2020). Comparing short-term growth in traditional and cyber forms of bullying in early and mid-adolescent students. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 1-17.
  • Charalambous, K., Demetriou, C., Tricha, L, Ioannou, M., Georgiou, S., Nikiforou, M., & Stavrinides, P. (2018). The effect of parental style on bullying and cyber bullying behaviors and the mediating role of peer attachment relationships: A longitudinal study. Journal of Adolescence, 64, 109-123.Stavrinides, P., Nikiforou, M., & Georgiou, S. (2015). Do mothers know? Longitudinal associations between parental knowledge, bullying, and victimization. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 32, (2), 180-196.
  • Georgiou, S., Stavrinides, P., & Nikiforou M. (2015). Bullying and victimization in Cyprus: The role of social pedagogy. International Journal of Social Pedagogy.Special issue on Social Pedagogy in Times of Crisis in Greece, 4, (1), 43-54.
  • Stavrinides, P., & Nikiforou, M. (2016). Bullying and victimization among 4 to 8 year olds: temperamental, parental, and systemic correlates. Contemporary Perspectives in Early Childhood Education.Information Age Publishing.
  • Nikiforou, M. & Stavrinides, P. (2016).Victims of School Bullying: Predictors and Outcomes.In: Victims and victimization: Risk Factors, Intervention Strategies, and Socioemotional Outcomes. New York: Novascience Publishers.
  • Nikiforou, M., Georgiou, S., & Stavrinides, P. (2013). Attachment to parents and peers as a parameter of bullying and victimization. Journal of Criminology, Special Issue on Bullying and Victimization, 1,1-9.
  • Stavrinides, P., & Nikiforou, M. (2013).Parenting: Challenges, practices, and cultural influences. In Barberis, P., & Petrakis, S. (Eds).  Parenting: Challenges, practices, and cultural influences. New York: Novascience Publishers.
  • Stavrinides, P.,Tsivitanou, A., Nikiforou, M., Hawa, V., & Tsolia, V. (2013).Longitudinal associations between bullying and children’s preference for television violence. International Journal of Criminology and Sociology, 2,72-78.
  • Stavrinides, P., Georgiou, St., Nikiforou, M, & Kiteri, E. (2011). Longitudinal investigation of the relationship between bullying and psychosocial adjustment. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 8, (6), 730–743.

 

Selective Conference and Seminar Presentations 

  • Nikiforou, M. Parenting characteristics and practices as parameters of bullying and victimization: a mixed method design. European Congress of Psychology, Moscow, Russia, July 2 – 5, 2019.
  • Nikiforou, M. Bullying, empathy, and anxiety: a short-term longitudinal study. 6th Developmental Psychology Conference of the Hellenic Psychological Association, Thessaloniki, Greece, May 10 – 13, 2018.
  • Nikiforou, M. Bullying, empathy, and anxiety: a short-term longitudinal study. 22nd Workshop Aggression, Limassol, Cyprus, November 23 – 26, 2017.
  • Nikiforou, M., Stavrinides, P., Georgiou, S. Parenting, bullying, and the moderating role of callous-unemotional traits.  The 16th Psychology Conference of the Hellenic Psychological Association, Thessaloniki, Greece, May 17 – 21, 2017.
  • Nikiforou, M. Attachment to Parents and Peers as a Parameter of Bullying and victimization: The moderating role of gender. 20th Workshop Aggression, Linz, Austria, November 20 – 21, 2015.
  • Nikiforou, M. Do mothers know? Longitudinal associations between parental knowledge, bullying, and victimization. The 15th Psychology Conference of the Hellenic Psychological Association, Nicosia, Cyprus, May 27 – 31, 2015.
  • Nikiforou, M. Psychosocial profiles of bullies, victims and cyber-bullies and cyber-victims. The 15th Psychology Conference of the Hellenic Psychological Association, Nicosia, Cyprus, May 27 – 31, 2015.
  • Nikiforou, M. Attachment to parents and peers as a parameter of bullying and victimization.4thDevelopmental Psychology Conference of the Hellenic Psychological Association, Rethymno, Greece, May 8 – 11, 2014.
  • Nikiforou, M. The Relationship between Personal Characteristics and Bullying Behaviour. European Congress of Psychology, Stockholm, Sweden, July 9 – 12, 2013.
  • Nikiforou, M. Parenting practices as parameters of bullying and victimization: the moderating role of callous-unemotional traits. The 14 Psychology Conference of the Hellenic Psychological Association, Alexandroupoli, Greece, May 15 – 19, 2013.
  • Nikiforou, M. Parental practices and characteristics and externalizing/internalizing problems.2ndConference of the Hellenic School of Parents, Athens, Greece, November 8-10, 2012.
  • Nikiforou, M. Maternal depression and externalizing problems: a longitudinal study.3rd Developmental Psychology Conference of the Hellenic Psychological Association, Thessaloniki, Greece, May 17 – 20, 2012.
  • Nikiforou, M., Stavrinides, P., & Georgiou, N. Parental and socio-emotional correlates of in-group and out-group attitudes in Greek-Cypriot adolescents. The 12th European Congress in Psychology, Istanbul, July 3-10, 2011.

 

Selective Research Funding / Grant Capture

  • Start year: 2018 End year: 2019

Call: PIN programme by Youth Board of Cyprus and the National Betting Authority

Project title: Building a healthy future: Learning to control my behaviour

Project Role: Principal Investigator and Work Package Leader

Funding amount: 12.150 euros

  • Start year: 2015 End year: 2017

Call: Internal Call for Early Careers/Starters by University of Cyprus

Project title: Developmental trajectories of bullying and cyberbullying behaviours in children and adolescents

Project Role: Research Assistant

Funding amount: 25.000 euros

  • Start year: 2012 End year: 2013

Call: No call was announced. Ministry of Education-Educational Service

Project title: Bullying, empathy, and anxiety: a short-term longitudinal study.

Project Role: Research Assistant

Funding amount: 3.500 euros

 

Scholarships/Awards

  • Cyprus State Scholarship Foundation for Undergraduate Studies in Education in Greece (full scholarship for the academic years 2004-2008)
  • Cyprus State Scholarship Foundation for the Master’s Degree in Cognitive, Developmental and Educational Psychology at the University of Cyprus (full scholarship for the academic years 2008-2010)
  • Cyprus State Scholarship Foundation for Doctoral Studies in Psychology at the University of Cyprus (full scholarship for the academic years 2010-2013)
  • Department of Psychology, University of Cyprus (scholarship for the academic year 2012-2013 for doctoral studies)

 

Other Scholarly and Outreach Activities

  • Pedagogical Institute of Cyprus, conducting seminars related to educational development of teachers and assistant principals of public high schools of Cyprus
  • Pedagogical Institute of Cyprus, conducting seminars related to bullying to parents
  • Delivery of seminars to youth from 18-35 years old in regards to pathological gambling. Co-operation with the Youth Board of Cyprus and the National Betting Authority
  • Delivery of seminars to the English School and American Academy and to a number of public high schools and elementary schools in regards to anti-bullying strategies
  • Delivery of seminars in regards to cyberbullying to school counsellors of Larnaca and Famagusta