Dr Andria Spyridou PhD

Andria Spyridou Dr. Nat. Sc., Cl.Psych M.Sc., Psych B.A. is a lecturer at the University of Cyprus, and researcher with a strong interest in psychological trauma and psychosocial factors of the maternal experiences and early childhood.
She holds a Doctorate of Natural Sciences from the University of Konstanz, Germany in clinical Psychology. She did her field research in health contexts and psychiatric services in Spain, Peru, Greece and Germany in collaboration with health care professionals in the area of obstetrics, midwifery and early childhood services. The focus was on women's traumatic experiences, intimate partner violence, sexual abuse in childhood and adulthood and emotional difficulties.
Currently she works as a coordinator of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Cluster for International Medical Corps (Greece). She is a full member of Vicitms' voice International  and has been working as Field Research Associate for the University of Konstanz in Syria, Afghanistan, Kosovo and other countries.

She is a Management Commitee Member representing Cypru: Building Intrapartum Research Through Health - an interdisciplinary whole system approach to understanding and contextualising physiological labour and birth (BIRTH), Nicosia

1. Biomedicine (epigenetics and the hygiene hypothesis); 2. Biomechanics (maternal and fetal movement); 3. Socio-cultural perspectives (social expectations and experiences, including marginalised and migrant populations); 4. Organizational perspectives (the effect of organizational contexts and cultures on variation in rates of childbirth interventions) 5. Neuro-psycho-social perspectives (how inter-personal actions and behaviours affect physiological processes).

Research Interests & Professional Development

  • Psychosocial factors' impact on Neuroendocrinological Human Activity.

  • Early childhood adverse experiences: the relation with the emotional, cognitive and behavioral outcomes throughout the lifespan.

  • Maternal experience during pregnancy and childbirth

  • Psychosocial assessment and predictive modelling for disease and disorders during pregnancy and childhood