Elias Tsakanikos

Brief CV

Elias Tsakanikos graduated from the Department of Psychology, University of Crete, Greece.  He obtained his MSc in Research Methods in Psychology at University College London UK. At University College London he also completed his PhD in Psychology (Experimental Psychopathology). He then worked as post-doctoral researcher in co-morbid psychopathology in adults with developmental disorders at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, UK. At King’s College London he was appointed a Lecturer and became the course Director of the MSc in Mental Health in Learning Disabilities. He was then appointed a Senior Lecturer and a Reader in Abnormal Psychology and Personality at the University of Roehampton, London, UK.  After 22 years in the UK — and completing a full circle — Elias returned back to Greece and was elected an Associate Professor at Department of Psychology, University of Crete.

Main interests: Cognitive Psychopathology; Individual Differences; Cognition and Emotion    

Career Development

  • University of Crete, Greece (2020 – ). Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
  • University of Roehampton, London, UK (2011-2020). Senior Lecturer (2011-2012), Reader (2012-2020), Department of Psychology
  • Guy’s Hospital, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, UK (2010-2013). Honorary Psychotherapist (CAT), Munro Centre/Psychological Therapies
  • Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London, UK (2004 – ). Honorary Research Fellow (2011 –), Lecturer /MSc Course Director (2006-2011), Postdoctoral Researcher (2004-2006)
  • University College London, UK (2003-2007). Honorary Research Fellow (2004 –2007), Research Associate (2003), Department of Psychology
  • London School of Economics, UK (2001-2002). Visiting Lecturer, Department of Social Psychology

Research Interests

Psychopathology; Individual Differences; Emotion and Cognition; Cognitive Biases in Schizophrenia Spectrum; Early Information Processing in Narcissism; Digital Interventions for Anxiety and Depression; Neurodevelopment and Mental Health.

Research Grants

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Selected Publications

  • Hardaker, M. & Tsakanikos, E. (2021). Hypervigilance to self-threat: can self-affirmation reduce narcissistic defensiveness?  Submitted to Journal of Behavior Therapy & Experimental Psychiatry.  
  • McCloud, T., Jones, R., Lewis, G., Bell, V. & Tsakanikos, E. (2020). The effectiveness of a mobile app intervention for depression and anxiety symptoms in university students: a randomised controlled trial. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth, 8(7):e15418. 
  • Hardaker, M.Sedikides, C., & Tsakanikos, E. (2019). Hypervigilance to self-threat: Further experimental evidence for the mask model of narcissism. Self and Identity, 1-14. 10.1080/15298868.2019.1667862
  • Charabi, M., Kravariti, E., Eysenck, M.W., & Tsakanikos, E. (2019) Multidimensional factor structure of unusual experiences: new measures of positive schizotypy. Personality and Individual Differences, 147, 272-279. 10.1016/j.paid.2019.04.039.
  • Kravariti*, E., Reeve-Mates*, C., Pires*, R.D.G, Tsakanikos,* E.,Perez-Iglesias, R., Hayes, D., Renshaw, S., McAllister, S., Bhavsar, V., Patterson, P., Daley, E., Stewart, J., Ramsay, R., & McGuire, P. (2018). Effectiveness of automated appointment reminders in psychosis community services: a randomised controlled trial. BJP Open, 4(1):15-17. *(joint first authors)
  • Christoforou, M., Fonseca, J.A.S. & Tsakanikos, E. (2017). Two Novel Cognitive Behavioral Therapy–Based Mobile Apps for Agoraphobia: Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 19(11): e398 doi: 10.2196/jmir.7747.
  • Kravariti, E., Russo, M., Vassos, E., Morgan, K., Fearon, P., Zanelli, J., W., Demjaha, A., Lappin, J., M., Tsakanikos, E., Dazzan, P., C., Morgan , G., A. Doody, G., Harrison , P., B. Jones, R., M., Murray, Reichenberg, A. (2012). Linear and non-linear associations of symptom dimensions and cognitive function in first-onset psychosis. Schizophrenia Research140, 221-31.
  • Tsakanikos, E., Underwood, L., Kravariti, E., Bouras, N., & McCarthy, J. (2011). Gender differences in co-morbid psychopathology and clinical management in adults with autism spectrum disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders5, 803-808.

Courses offered at the Undergraduate Level

  • Research Methods in Psychology (PS-1201)

  • Trait Narcissism (PS-3625)

  • Cognition, Emotion and Affective Disorders (PS-3625)

  • Cognitive Psychopathology (PS-3115)

Courses offered at the Postgraduate Level

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