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Vasilis S. Vasiliou, PhD, is a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London, since 2023. He primarily works as a Research Tutor at the Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psy) program. He holds a Master in Clinical Psychology, from Swansea University in Wales, UK, and earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Cyprus (EU). 
 
Dr. Vasiliou continued his training with two post-doctoral research positions, firstly as a Post-Doctoral researcher at University College Cork (UCC), Ireland for three years, and then in a double Research Associate in Clinical & Health Psychology position in the UK, at the School of Psychology, Cardiff University, and the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS), Oxford University, for two more years. 
 
He was trained in the newest Contextual Cognitive-Behavioural interventions (e.g., Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, etc.) from the ACTHealthy: Clinical Psychology & Behavioral Medicine Laboratory, Department of Psychology, University of Cyprus. Further, his clinical training includes experiences at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Neurological Institute, and McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts, as part of an intern's fellowship in the US.
 
His research focuses on Behavioural Medicine and the development of psychological interventions for both adults and paediatric populations with chronic illnesses. Dr. Vasiliou examines behavioural change interventions mostly in non-traditional settings and through digital, personalized, idiographic interventions and in the community. He also explores innovations in clinical implementation science, such as methods in medical communication in health and illness, and the personal and societal harms of illegal drugs, stigma, and medication use, including toxicity from polypharmacy or treatment (e.g., steroid toxicity or chemotherapy-induced side effects). 
 

He has previously received funding from the Brain, Mind, and Pain-Centred Innovation Grants and serves as an external consultant for Wanax Ltd, an EU-based health technology start-up. 

 

Dr. Vasiliou is a Chartered Psychologist (C.Psychol) with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a Registered Clinical and Health Psychologist (Reg. Num: #PYL043565) with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) in the UK.
 
Additionally, Dr. Vasiliou is a Board Member of the Foundation for Contextual & Behavioural Science (ACBS), an editorial board member for the Journal of Contextual & Behavioural Science (JCBS), and an Associate Editor for the British Journal of Health Psychology (BJHP). 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Clinical Psychology, Ph.D., Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Primary Headache Sufferers: A randomized Controlled Trial, University of Cyprus

Award Date: 9 Feb 2017

Clinical Psychology, MS.c, Measuring experiential avoidance of personal values associated with psychological well-being, Swansea University

Award Date: 28 Jan 2011

Psychology (Major), BS.c, Suicidal behavior and the stress of the Greek Police Officers

Award Date: 31 Jul 2008

External positions

External Consultant in Behavioural Medicine, Wanax Digital Healthcare solutions Ltd.

2019 → …

Keywords

  • Clinical psychology
  • drugs and abuse
  • Health psychology
  • chronic physical illness
  • chronic pain
  • cancer
  • Psychology in health & medicine
  • behavioural change
  • implementation science
  • health care service
  • Research methods in psychology
  • mixed methods
  • ecological momentary assessment
  • system dynamics
  • multilevel modeling
  • network analyses
  • Health technologies
  • Digital Platforms
  • digital interventions
  • web-based interventions
  • wearables

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