Scientific Director

Meet the Scientific Director

Dr. Chrisanna Mastorakis, Scientific Director

Chrisanna Mastorakis

Dr. Chrisanna Mastorakis (she, her) was born in New York and raised in Chania-Crete, Greece. She is bilingual and has been studying psychology and working in the mental health field since 2007. Dr. Mastorakis has been working as a psychotherapist in private practice for a few years now and, more recently, has assumed the role of a consultant for small businesses. Her research interests include culture and motivation in the workplace. She authors chapters in scientific textbooks and edits scientific journal articles. Currently, she teaches online psychology courses at universities worldwide and continues to conduct research relating to psychotherapy, counseling, and work-related concepts.

She completed her bachelor’s studies at the American College of Greece, Athens (BA in Psychology, Minor degree in Biology), and her graduate studies at the Hellenic American University (HAU), Athens in Clinical Psychology (MSc.) with Magna Cum Laude honors. Also, she obtained a doctorate (Ph.D.) in industrial/organizational psychology from Capella University. Her doctoral dissertation title is “A qualitative investigation of Greek employees working at American organizations in Greece,” published in ProQuest. From June 2018 until June 2021, she was awarded the position of Teacher Assistant.

Additionally, she has trained and specialized in Rational-Emotive & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (RECBT) psychotherapeutic approach from the Hellenic Institute for Rational-Emotive & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (HIRECBT) in Athens. HIRECBT is an official, affiliated training center of the Albert Ellis Institute in New York. Also, she is a member of the American Psychological Association since 2015.

She was a Scientific Associate of the Adolescent Health Unit (A.H.U.), second department of Pediatrics “P.&A.Kyriakou,” Children’s Hospital, and worked alongside a clinical psychology team. They offered holistic services to adolescents and their families, focusing on addictive behaviors like gaming, substance/alcohol abuse, and internet misuse. She conducted clinical sessions with adolescents applying the RECBT model, represented the Help Line “ME Ypostirizo” 80011 80015 (free of charge), and was an active member of the program “Schoolers”: The 1st Day Care Center for children with school refusal. Also, she coordinated psycho-educational parent groups for adolescent internet & technology use and adolescent groups to develop social and emotional skills.

Her clinical internship was completed at the HAU counseling center, assuming clinical cases, conducting psychometric assessments, and serving as a career counselor, where her master thesis was based on “A Study of Well-being Levels on University Students.” At the HIRECBT, she designed and co-led the “Psychology Internship Program for High School Students.”

Today, she is the Scientific Director of the Counseling & Psychotherapy Center “OriZo,” offering mental health services to adults, couples, parents & adolescents. The center was founded in 2015 in Athens, but since 2018 is located in Chania, Crete.