Founder and Director
Kakia Petinou was born and raised in Agios Dometios, Nicosia, and graduated with distinction from the Pancyprian Female Kykkos Gymnasium. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master’s in Education degree in Speech and Language Therapy from the University of Georgia, USA, as well as a PhD from City University of New York Graduate Center, NY, USA which focused on speech and hearing sciences. She has taught as a Lecturer in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders of the University of Yeshiva, in the School of Health Sciences of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA, and as a Visiting Lecturer in the University of Cyprus and the European University of Cyprus. She spent time as a research associate in the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics (Department of Clinical Genetics) and she has been the research co-ordinator of several funded research projects in Cyprus and Europe. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the Αmerican Speech Language and Hearing Association, she is a member of the International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association, of the Society for Research in Child Development και of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (ΙΑLP). She is also a registered member of the Speech and Language Pathologists in Cyprus. Her research work has been published in several scientific journals, while she has given talks in various international conferences. Her research interests focus on the characteristics of early language development and language delay, aiming at the identification of early diagnostic features of chronic language impairment (special language impairment, developmental apraxia, autistic spectrum disorders), as well as the relationship between phonological ability and semantic variability. She is also interested in the development of valid and effective diagnostic tools for the identification of communication problems in pediatric populations, ultimately aiming at intervention and rehabilitation.
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Elena Theodorou is a lecturer in the Rehabilitation Sciences Department of the Host Organization, and her PhD research project focused on the evaluation of the diagnostic accuracy of the available Greek language assessment tools (e.g. Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test, the Bus Story Test) for Greek Cypriot children with (Specific) Language Impairment. The prize for the Best Thesis was awarded to her by University of Cyprus in 2014 for her doctoral dissertation. She holds a Bachelor degree in Speech Therapy from Technological Institute of Patras in Greece and a Master in Science in Language and Communication Impairment in Children form Sheffield University in U.K.. Her Bachelor degree was funded by the Greek State Scholarship Foundation. Her research areas are the diagnosis of language impairment, language acquisition in typical and atypical populations and Augmentative and Alternative Communication. She has worked as a research assistant in several regional and European projects since 2001. Currently, she involves in COST IS1406 project that focuses in enhancing children’s oral language skills across Europe and beyond as a substitute management committee member. She also conducts (2017-2018) research funded from the HO in the fields of accurate diagnosis and proper intervention of children with language impairment. Her research work has been published in various scientific journals and conference proceedings, and she has participated in a lot of international congresses with oral and poster presentations. Regarding her work experience, she worked for a year as a Speech and Language Therapist in General Hospital of Limassol (2002-2003) providing services to adults with voice disorders and aphasia, and to children with speech and language needs. Then she moved to Primary Education (mainstream and special) where she provided speech and language services to children with language impairment, autistic spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, genetic syndromes, hearing loss, e.t.c.. She also served as a Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCo) in public mainstream and special schools in Cyprus for many years. Her duties as a SENCo included liaison of educators with parents and other professionals in the field, coordination and supervision of individual programme of children got special education services (including speech and language services, physiotherapy services, occupational therapy services, e.t.c.), organization of timetable for each special educator that she was responsible for, preparation of reports, organization of seminars among others. She is registered member of Speech Pathologist Association in Cyprus and she served as a representative of the Association in Special Education Committee of Ministry of Education and Culture. She is also a regional MAKATON tutor and she has trained more than 100 professionals in using MAKATON language system. She has been invited by Pedagogical Institute of Cyprus to give lectures to teachers for topics related to special education, speech and language impairments, augmentative and alternative communication and phonological disorders. Currently she is the scientific coordinator of the committee responsible for the exams that will be organized by the Examinations Services for the appointments of speech therapists in public school system.
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Eliada Pampoulou PhD, MSc, BSc, Registered Speech Language Pathologist
Eliada Pampoulou is a Speech and Language Therapist from her BSc degree (Higher Technological Education Institute of Patras) and an Assistive Technology specialist from her MSc (King’s College London). In 2015, she was awarded a PhD in Education (King’s College London). Throughout her career she has been immersed in both inter- and multi-disciplinary environments and she worked with both pediatric and elderly population. As a speech and language therapist and specialist in assistive technology, amongst other posts, she worked in England in one of the pioneering companies in the development of graphic symbols (www.widgit.com) for special education. She also worked on the Symbol Inclusion Project (www.symbolsinclusionproject.org) in England as a specialist in Augmentative and Alternative Communication and graphic symbol use. During the past ten years, through her clinical work she has been supporting both children and adults with little or no functional speech to communicate with others through different methods used in the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Eliada’s research interests directly relate to the still novel area in Cyprus Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), with her focus being on individuals with congenital and acquired communication disorders. Specifically, the areas of her research concern speech and language therapy services provision; AAC comprehensive assessment; vocabulary development and communication; and AAC systems’ acceptance and abandonment. Eliada has also produced many journal publications and she has presented worldwide her work to several international conferences.
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Loukia Taxitari is a psycho-linguist specializing in language acquisition, especially early lexical and semantic development. Loukia has a Bachelor’s degree in Greek Language and Literature from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and an M.Phil. in General Linguistics from the University of Oxford. She also holds a D.Phil. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford, having worked in the Oxford Babylab under the supervision of Professor Kim Plunkett and having conducted experiments in the development of language with young infants. Loukia stayed at Potsdam for a short post-doctoral assignment, before taking a one-year break due to the birth of her son. She then moved to Cyprus, where she has worked as an adjunct lecturer in the University of Cyprus and the Cyprus University of Technology delivering lectures on Linguistics, the Psychology of Language, Cognitive Development and Developmental Psychology. She has also just completed a funded research project on the adaptation of the MacArthur-Bates Communicative Development Inventory in Cypriot Greek. She is a Research Associate in Theralab doing work on semantic/lexical development of typically developing children and late talkers, as well as on the interface between lexical and phonological development.
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Spyros Armostis graduated from the University of Cyprus in 2005 with a BA in Classics. He thereafter pursued his postgraduate studies in Linguistics (Phonetics) at the University of Cambridge, where he obtained his MPhil (2006) and PhD (2011). His thesis topic was the phonetics of Cypriot Greek geminates. He has worked as a researcher and lecturer at the University of Cyprus, the Open University of Cyprus, the Cyprus University of Technology, and the European University Cyprus. His research interests lie in the fields of Phonetics, Phonology, and Clinical Linguistics, and also include Writing Systems. A focal point of his work has been the study of Cypriot Greek and Cypriot Arabic. Finally, a secondary area of his research interests is the study of Ancient Greek Music.
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Kyriaki Kyriakou received a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in French Literature and Linguistics from Brock University, Canada and Master of Science in Communication Disorders from the University of the District of Columbia, USA, as well as a doctoral degree in Speech Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University, FL, USA with a focus in Voice Disorders and Augmentative Alternative Communication. She taught as an adjunct professor in the Department of Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences at Gallaudet University, USA and the University of the District of Columbia. She currently teaches as an adjunct professor in the Department of Speech, Language and Communication Disorders at Nova Southeastern University, as well as, in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Cyprus University of Technology. She earned the Certificate of Clinical Competence of the American Speech and Hearing Association and is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association, National Stuttering Association and Cyprus Association of Registered Speech Language Pathologists. She is also a member of the ASHA Special Interest Group 04-Fluency and Fluency Disorders. She currently works as a Research Collaborator in a research laboratory of Gallaudet University since 2013 and Therapo Lab of the Cyprus University of Technology since 2016. Her clinical and research interests are in the areas of voice disorders, swallowing disorders, fluency disorders and augmentative alternative communication.
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Ioannis Phinikettos – PhD, MSc και BSc
I have received my PhD in statistics from Imperial College London in 2012. My thesis was based on Monte Carlo methods and specialised in rare event simulation. I also possess a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in mathematics from Imperial College London from which I was honoured the prize of academic excellence.
I am currently working as a statistics research assistant at the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the Cyprus University of Technology and as a mathematician in public secondary education. My current areas of research interest are statistical methods in communication and voice disorders.
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Despo Minaidou is a registered Speech Language Pathologist from Nicosia. In May 1986 she received her Bachelor of Science in «Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped», from Long Island University- C.W. Post Campus in New York, USA. In May1988 she completed her Master of Science in “Communication Disorders” from The Pennsylvania State University, USA. During the period June 1988 to May 1989 she held a contractual position as a Clinical Fellow in Speech Language Pathology in the Head Injury and Neurology Units of the Montebello Rehabilitation Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, which is part of the University of Maryland Medical Systems. Since June 1989 she is a holder of the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and since September 2005 she is registered by the Council of Registry for Speech Pathologists of Cyprus. At the beginning of 1990 she became a member of the Association of Speech Therapists of Cyprus and until July 2013 worked at her private practice in Nicosia at which she was responsible for the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of speech/language and communication deficits in children and adults. She has special interests in neurogenic disorders and feeding and swallowing primarily in pediatrics and adults with cognitive/linguistic deficits. Her diverse caseload included various genetic syndromes. Since August 2013 she is employed by the Rehabilitation Sciences Department of the Faculty of Health Sciences of C.U.T. as a special teaching staff. She is an active member of the Association of Registered Speech Pathologists of Cyprus and was president of the national association twice. She was member of the continuing education committee of the national association and from 2007-2013 was one of the two representatives of Cyprus to the CPLOL (Standing Liaison Committee of E.U. Speech Language Therapists and Logopedists). She was a member of the Council of Registry for Speech Pathologists and also member of the 1st Scientific Multidisciplinary Committee formed to assist the Public Law 117/89, for the Protection of the Human Rights of the Mentally Deficient Individuals. Additionally she is an active member of the scientific committee of the Pancyprian Conference for Parents, member of the Dyslexia Association of Cyprus and a certified member of ASHA. She is also an affiliate of ASHA Special Interest Groups 11, Administration and Supervision; and 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia).
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Zoe Gerolemou is a speech pathologist from Limassol and graduated from high school St. Anthony,Limassol. Since February 2015, she has a degree in Speech Therapy from the Technological Institute of Epirus Ioannina. She trained in alternative communication system, PECS, participated in other scientific seminars relating to the field of Speech Therapy in which she also continues to take part. Upon completion of the undergraduate title of the diploma thesis was on “Building Digital Material for Rehabilitation of Aphasia”. This digital material consists exercises which are designed for computers and addressed mainly in patients with Broca Aphasia. From 2015, since she held the internship in Speech Therapy center in Limassol, until today, Zoe deals mainly with children with articulator and phonological difficulties, speech delay, speech and psychomotor retardation, children in Autism Spectrum as well as children with learning difficulties. Since November 2015, she has been employed by the Cyprus University of Technology in Speech Therapy Program at the Rehabilitation Department in the position of Special Scientist and therapists in the department laboratory. During her presence in special scientific team of therapists, she participated in the analysis of linguistic data for the research entitled “Early Language markers predicting MLU and vocabulary size from children’s phonetic abilities”. This research was presented at the World Congress of Speech Therapy in August 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. At the same time, she is also in Mrs Kakia Petinou group for expressive assessment test weights and productive discourse on Greek-Cypriot population for children from 2 to 4.11 years old. Zoe is a registered pathologist in Cyprus since 2016.
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Irene Gabriel was born and raised in Limassol and graduated with the grade of “Excellent” from Lanitio Lyceum B. She successfully passed the entrance examination and joined the Faculty of Health and Welfare School of TEI Patras Department for Speech Therapy. In November 2011, she graduated from the Speech Therapy Department having first completed her internship in Melathron EOKA Rehabilitation Center. At the Melathron, she had the opportunity to be trained in communication and swallowing disorders in adults and thereafter, she became a registered member of the Association of Speech Pathologists of Cyprus. Her graduation thesis had as a subject: Production of Greek / S / and / T / by Greek Speakers and was graded “Excellent”. In September 2012, she participated in the conference “Greek Language and Disorders”, that was organized by the Technological Educational Institute of Patras. She has attended and continues to attend different method and treatment programs in relation to the science of Speech Therapy, to ensure she is up to date with all developments in this field including, PECS Training and Oral Placement Therapy for Speech Clarity and Feeding. Irene has been employed at the Limassol Day Center for Adults with Disabilities and in November 2015 she joined the Rehabilitation Department of TEPAK Limassol as an external expert partner where she also participated in the analysis of Linguistic Data at the “ΘΕΡΑΠΟ” lab, where she participated in the analysis of linguistic data for a study relating to the “Early language markers predicting MLU and vocabulary size from children’s phonetic abilities at the IALP World Congress held in Dublin, Ireland 2016”. Irene is currently involved in the creating and updating of a language ability assessment test, which will examine both the understanding and expression of language abilities in children aged 2 to 4.11 years.
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Christina Giannikas is an applied linguist, a teacher trainer, an ELT Consultant, an online tutor, researcher, materials writer and editor. She has taught English to students of all age groups in Greece, the UK and Cyprus and has taught courses in Applied Linguistics to University students at a BA and MA level at London Metropolitan University, the University of Cyprus and Cyprus University of Technology. Her research interests are based in the field of Applied Linguistics, specializing in the areas of early language learning, Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), policies in language education, assessment, and professional development in English Language Teaching (ELT). She has taken part in a number of research projects and is currently working on research projects focusing on:
- The use of games in assessment, 2. Personal Narratives 3. Digital storytelling and creativity, 4. The use of blogs for the development of L2 literacy, 5.The use of Vlogs for the development of L2 Speaking skills, 6. Special Education awareness in the Cypriot education context 7. Blended Learning and 8. Digital Literacies Personal Narratives of young children in their L1.
Christina Giannikas is currently an instructor and researcher at the Language Centre of Cyprus University of Technology, a researcher at the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences of Cyprus University of Technology, and a pre-service teacher trainer for the Department of Education at the University of Cyprus. She is also on the Academic committee (secondary school English) of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus, she is on the Editorial board of TESOL Journal, and Chair of the EuroCALL Teacher Education Special Interest Group.
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Dr. Androulla Athanasiou is an English Language Instructor at the Language Centre of the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT). She holds an MA in English and Language Studies and Methods from Warwick University (2000), an MA in Educational Leadership from the European University Cyprus (2012) and a PhD in English Language Teaching from Warwick University (2005). During her teaching experience, she has engaged in course development and material design, both at an undergraduate and a postgraduate level. She has taught both in private and state Higher Education Institutions in Cyprus, as well as English for Academic Purposes at Warwick University. Apart from the ESAP courses, she also teaches an undergraduate course, ‘Issues in Bilingualism/Multilingualism’, to 4th year undergraduate students studying Speech and Language Therapy, as well as on the MA in CALL programme, offered by the CUT Language Centre in collaboration with the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts. Dr Athanasiou’s research interest lie in material design, the use of technology in language teaching/learning (Computer Assisted Language Learning), learner autonomy, collaborative learning, the use of Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR).
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Christodoulos Monogios has graduated from the University of UCLAN with a BSc in Psychology and also has earned a higher diploma of education in Psychology from the University of Derby. His research was based on emotions and how can be transferred between people according to their personalities. Currently he is finalizing his MSc degree on Forensic Psychology and his research was based on how sexually explicit material can affect people individually and within their relationships.
Currently he is working as a trainee in different institutes that are focused on the forensic setting of psychology. He is also trained on using psychometric tools and currently assists with executing experimental paradigms on children with delayed language development.
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