Marina Kritikou


  • PhD Candidate in Counseling Psychology. Psychology department,
    University of Crete. (2021 -)
  • Training in Postmodern Models of Systemic Psychotherapy (Constructivism), Center for Systemic Study and Therapy, Athens (2019 - Today)
  • Master in Health Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Crete (2011 - 2013)
  • Degree from the Department of Psychology, University of Crete (2006-2010)
  • Training in Family-Systemic Counseling, Laboratory
    Of Human Relations Investigation, Athens (2005 -2007)
  • Degree in Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, (2000 - 2005)


The role of academic buoyancy in the mental adjustment and academic success of freshmen. Design a predictive model and implement a prevention program

Short presentation

The freshmen are in the period of transition from secondary to tertiary education, which seems to be quite stressful, as adaptation to the conditions of the new academic framework is required. The present study, based on Self-Determination Theory, studies the relationship between both emotional regulation mechanisms and emotion regulation strategies with academic success and the adaptation to academic place,  examining academic buoyancy as a mediator variable. In addition, the satisfaction and frustration of basic psychological needs as a regulating factor in the relationship between      academic buoyancy and academic adjustment and academic success are examined.

Supervisory Committee

• Theodoros Giovazolias (Supervisor)
• Ekaterini Koutra (Co-Supervisor)
• Alexios Arvanitis (Co-Supervisor)

Conference presentations

  • Triliva, S., Kritikou, M., & Tsantirakis, G. (2010). Limits in the practice of counseling: Counseling in the community. At the 3rd Panhellenic Conference on Counseling Psychology: "Counseling Psychology: Applications and Challenges", Rethymnon, Keynote Speaker
  • Kritikou, M. (2021). Distance education and frustration of basic psychological needs as a result of the pandemic. At the two-day conference of the Association of Postgraduate Students and Doctors, Rethymno