Professor of Clinical Psychology, Faculty of Nursing, School of Health Sciences, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Danai Papadatou is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Nursing Dept. of the School of Health Sciences, at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She obtained a Bachelor and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Geneva, Switzerland (1973-1978) and a Master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, USA (1978-1983). She subsequently worked in pediatric oncology at the Children’s Hospital “A & P Kyriakou”, before pursuing an academic career.
Her clinical experience, research interests, and publications focus on issues related to childhood and family bereavement, community trauma, pediatric palliative care, and the psychological effects of caring for dying and bereaved people upon professionals who support them. Over the past years she has been the scientific coordinator of several projects on the training and clinical supervision of field workers who support unaccompanied refugee and migrant children and has published along with colleagues, guidelines for good practice.
She is the co-founder and president of “Merimna”, a Greek non-governmental association for the care of children and families facing illness and death, which operates two childhood and family bereavement counseling services, one pediatric palliative home care service, and offers specialized training on issues related to Merimna’s expertise. She is also an active member of European and international organizations specializing in palliative and bereavement care, and has received several awards for her teaching, research, publications and community service for children, families and communities experiencing significant life losses.