Eleni Vousoura

Eleni Vousoura
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens | uoa · Department of Psychology

MSc, MPhil, PhD

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Additional affiliations
January 2015 - present
American College of Greece
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
September 2009 - August 2014
Columbia University
Position
  • PhD Student
September 2009 - May 2014
Columbia University
Position
  • Research Assistant
Education
September 2009 - October 2014
Columbia University
Field of study
  • Clinical Psychology
September 2009 - May 2011
Columbia University
Field of study
  • Clinical Psychology
September 2008 - July 2009
Teachers College
Field of study
  • Psychology in Education

Publications

Publications (44)
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Research suggests a link between parental divorce and negative child outcomes; however, the presence of parental depression may confound this relationship. Studies exploring the simultaneous effects of depression and parents’ divorce on the adjustment of their children are scarce and rarely have a longitudinal design. This is the first three-genera...
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This study aims to explore the association of vasomotor symptoms (VMS) and depression symptoms with different symptoms of subjective sleep disturbance in postmenopausal women. This is a cross-sectional study of 163 postmenopausal women (not taking hormone therapy) attending a university menopause clinic. Measures included the Athens Insomnia Scale,...
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Introduction: The current study examined the relationships between parental depression, offspring depression, and offspring temperament among 203 offspring of parents with or without depression. The specific aim was to investigate how parental depression and offspring difficult temperament affect frequency, severity, and duration of offspring majo...
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Background Adolescence and young adulthood is a risk period for the emergence of mental disorders. There is strong evidence that psychotherapeutic interventions are effective for most mental disorders. However, very little is known about which of the different psychotherapeutic treatment modalities are effective for whom. This large systematic revi...
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Background Corona Virus Disease 19 (COVID-19) is a new pandemic, declared a public health emergency by the World Health Organization, which could have negative consequences for pregnant and postpartum women. The scarce evidence published to date suggests that perinatal mental health has deteriorated since the COVID-19 outbreak. However, the few stu...
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Background The COVID-19 pandemic was a significant threat to perinatal mental health. This study examined differences in clinically significant depression, anxiety, and co-morbid symptoms among pregnant and postpartum women across several countries and compared prevalence of perinatal depression and anxiety before and during the pandemic in each pa...
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Introduction: There is evidence that women with gestational diabetes are at increased risk of the common mental disorders of anxiety and depression. The COVID-19 pandemic may have exerted an additional burden on the mental health of this population. The aim of this analysis was to compare levels of symptoms of common mental disorders and experience...
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Introduction Significant changes in routine maternity care have been introduced globally in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to reduce infection risk, but also due to lack of medical facilities, staff shortages and the unpredictable nature of the disease. However, it is yet to be established if specialised perinatal mental health (PMH) services ha...
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Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has led to significant changes in the care of pregnant women and their fetuses. Emerging data show elevated depression and anxiety symptoms among pregnant women. Aims: The purpose of this article is to investigate the psychological and behavioral impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on pregnant women in Greece during...
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Background: Psychotic disorders are commonly accompanied by intense psychological burden, and psychological interventions are usually needed in order to reduce the symptoms and help in maintaining or improving the level of psychological and social functioning after the onset of psychosis. The evidence-base for treating young people at risk for psyc...
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Parenting an offspring is a rewarding, albeit challenging task, often accompanied by high levels of stress. It is important to accurately assess the stress associated with parenting, as severe forms of stress may affect the parent-child dyad and lead to poor child outcomes. The aim of this study was to translate and validate the Parental Stress Sca...
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Background: Mental disorders during the perinatal period are a significant health concern, especially during a pandemic, in which healthcare provision is highly demanding, and governmental measures to prevent infection influence the population’s daily living. This study aimed to analyse the role of governmental responses to the coronavirus disease...
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Bed sharing—the sharing of a sleeping surface by parents and children—is a common, yet controversial, practice. While most research has focused on the public health aspect of this practice, much less is known regarding its effect on the marital relationship. The aim of the present study was to conduct a scoping review on the impact of parent–infant...
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Objective: Thyroid dysfunction (overt and subclinical) has been consistently linked to pregnancy adversity and abnormal fetal growth and development. Mood disorders such as anxiety, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) are frequently diagnosed during pregnancy and at postpartum, and emerging evidence suggests association with impair...
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Background: Perinatal depression is a high prevalent mental health problem with serious consequences. Evidence about effective psychological interventions in treating perinatal depression has been increasing, but it lacks a comprehensive synthesis of findings. Methods: A systematic review of systematic reviews and meta-analyses concerning the effec...
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Background: Adolescence and young adulthood is a risk period for the emergence of mental disorders. There is strong evidence that psychotherapeutic interventions are effective for most mental disorders. However, very little is known about for whom different psychotherapeutic treatment modalities are effective. This large systematic review aims to a...
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Investigation of the relationship between creativity and psychopathology has yielded mixed results with few studies investigating the impact of psychopathology on creativity among professional artists. To address this gap, the present study compared 115 living Greek artists, with and without major psychiatric disorder, using self-report questionnai...
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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization in March 2020, spreading stress and fear around the world. The present study aims to elucidate on the psychological factors associated with perceived stress and anxiety in the context of COVID-19 pandemic, by examining the role of intolerance of uncertainty...
Conference Paper
Panel title: Biomarkers and Environment - Moderators and treatment effects in psychotherapy with young psychotic patients
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Panel title: TREATme: From a systematic review on evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions for young people to identifying the moderators of the outcome
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Panel title: TREATme: From a systematic review on evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions for young people to identifying the moderators of the outcome
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Panel title: TREATme: From a systematic review on evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions for young people to identifying the moderators of the outcome
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Purpose: The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between disordered eating attitudes and emotional/behavioral adjustment in Greek adolescents as well as the moderating role of gender and body mass index (BMI) in this relationship. Methods: Ninety adolescents, 11-18 years old, were assessed using anthropometric measurements; demogra...
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Background: Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) is a newly recognized diagnostic entity in the DSM-5, characterized by intense mood and cognitive fluctuations accompanied by distressing physical symptoms. PMDD symptoms typically arise after ovulation and gradually resolve after the onset of menstruation. With an estimated prevalence of 3-8% in t...
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Aim The aim of the present study was to assess the association of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) with prenatal and postnatal depressive symptoms in a sample of pregnant women in Greece. Background Earlier research supports a relationship between depression and diabetes, but only a few studies have examined the relationship between GDM and per...
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Depression and anxiety, the so-called common mental disorders (CMDs), are highly prevalent and disabling, yet remain largely untreated. This treatment gap is particularly true in low- and middle-income settings, where there is significant scarcity of resources (including human resources) and treatment accessibility is complicated by stigma surround...
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The purpose of this study was to assess the possible effect of recalled traumatic experiences, perceived parental rearing styles, and family parameters on the occurrence of borderline personality disorder (BPD) versus other personality disorders (other-PDs). A total of 88 adult outpatients with personality disorders completed the Traumatic Antecede...
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Background: Erectile dysfunction (ED) and premature ejaculation (PE) are the two most prevalent sexual disorders among males associated with significant distress and impairment in quality of life. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of anxiety and depression symptoms among patients with primary ED and PE. Methods: A sample of...
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The consequences of living in single-parent households on children’s wellbeing are well documented, but less is known about the impact of living in single-mother households among children with high familial risk for depression. Utilizing data from an ongoing three-generation study of high-risk families, this preliminary study examined a sample of 1...
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Depression and anxiety, the most common mental disorders (CMD), are highly prevalent among women of childbearing age, but are even higher among mothers in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC), possibly due to mothers' disproportionate exposure to multiple risk factors, such as poverty, gender disparities and violence, and a high prevalence of me...
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The psychological impact of current military operations on service members deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan is well established. A number of recent studies have also demonstrated high rates of mental health difficulties, especially depression and anxiety, in spouses of deployed service members. This paper describes the adaptation of interpersona...
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Depression in the developing world is highly prevalent and associated with a range of negative outcomes, and evidence-based treatments for depression are rarely implemented in resource-poor areas. In recent years, a number of treatment studies of depression have been conducted in developing countries, with promising findings. However, among the ind...
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Depression in the developing world is highly prevalent and associated with a range of negative outcomes, and evidence-based treatments for depression are rarely implemented in resource-poor areas. In recent years, a number of treatment studies of depression have been conducted in developing countries, with promising findings. However, among the ind...
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The increased operational tempo associated with current deployments to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) is placing considerable strain on military families. Among other sequelae of OIF and OEF deployment, findings from recent studies suggest high rates of depression in spouses of service members. This review presen...
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Background. Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) and colonoscopy (CS) can evoke anxiety, embarrassment, and discomfort. These concerns can culminate in panic attacks, which may traumatize patients and significantly decrease their compliance to the procedure. The objective of this study was to evaluate the relationship between preendoscopic anxiety and...
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Caregivers of patients with schizophrenia experience increased levels of psychological distress. This study investigated the impact of caring for patients with chronic schizophrenia on the mental health status of the caregivers and described the relationship between various socio-demographic and clinical characteristics and caregiving psychological...
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The aim of this study was to investigate the role of vasomotor and mood symptoms on insomnia in postmenopausal women. One hundred sixty-three postmenopausal women, not receiving hormone therapy, attending a menopause clinic at the University of Athens, Greece, were included in this cross-sectional study. Climacteric symptoms were assessed by Greene...
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Despite the fact that irritability is frequently the main presenting complaint of perimenopausal and postmenopausal women, studies specifically researching irritability in this population are scant. One hundred sixty three (163) peri- and postmenopausal women non-HT users, attending a menopause clinic, were included in this cross-sectional study. T...

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Dear RG community, is there an official/technical term to describe variation in prevalence rates depending on the number of diagnostic criteria that a person fulfills? For example, how could one describe a situation in which prevalence of a given disorder if endorsing 5 diagnostic criteria is much lower compared to endorsing 4? Thank you.

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Projects (5)
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International collaboration among researchers interested in the psychological well-being of women and infants. Our goal is to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic of pregnant women and new mothers.
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RESEARCH INNOVATION AND SUSTAINABLE PAN-EUROPEAN NETWORK IN PERIPARTUM DEPRESSION DISORDER
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This research project aims to elucidate on the psychological factors associated with perceived stress in the context of COVID-19 pandemic.