A self-portrait of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

The news of the loss of Professor Emeritus Demetrios (Jim) Georgas filled with sorrow all the members of the Department of Psychology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. A pioneering figure of our Department, of Psychology in Greece, but also of the international scientific community was missing. Professor Georgas was one of the founders of Psychology in our country, an exemplary academic teacher and scientist with strong international recognition. He was a teacher of many members of the Department of Psychology and inspired respect in all. He has served as Head of the Division of Psychology of the Department of Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology, a founding member and Honorary President of the Hellenic Psychological Society, President of the International Association for Cross-cultural Psychology and significant member of a plethora of international societies, while he contributed to the foundation of the European Certificate in Psychology. Our thoughts are with his family.

Welcome to the Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens issues a bachelor's degree in Psychology (Ptychio). Our graduates can then further their studies in our School Psychology or Clinical Psychology postgraduate programs. The Department of Psychology also offers courses for postgraduate programs implemented by other university departments, such as the Methodology, History & Philosophy of Science Department and the Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology & Medical Statistics of the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, as well as the Medical School of the Demokritus University of Thrace.

Through its academic and administrative staff, updated structure, revised training courses and educational facilities (library, laboratories, and research centres), the Department of Psychology fosters an environment that breeds competent professional psychologists, researchers and practitioners. Indicatively:

  • Based on records for the academic year 2016-17, the Department of Psychology was the first choice for 92% of its enrolled students. Also, it was the fifth most popular choice (among 479 departments) for the total number of students who participated in the national higher education entrance examination.  
  • In the same academic year, the Department of Psychology featured the highest entry exam grades among the four psychology departments in Greece. 
  • An internship program in applied psychology settings (e.g., mental health units, hospitals, NGOs, etc.) is implemented as a requirement for all students. Of them, 66,5% were funded by EU's NSRF between 2010-2015. 
  • In 2016, the postgraduate-undergraduate students ratio in the Department of Psychology was approximately 1:3, one of the highest among the Greek academic institutions.
  • 86.3% of our graduates are employed, 7.6% are unemployed and 6.1% are inactive (source: NKUA Career Office, 2008). 
  • The number of international citations to the published research of the department's Faculty exceeded 10,000 in 2017 (source: Google Scholar).

In addition, consistent with its founding goals, the Department of Psychology organises scientific events, such as workshops, seminars, and conferences, addressed to mental health specialists, teachers, parents, professionals and anyone interested. This way, it wishes to contribute to the improvement of mental health by building resilience in children, adolescents and adults, amidst a widespread socioeconomic destitution and insecurity in Greece and across Europe.

Professor Chryse G. Hatzichristou
Chair of the Department of Psychology