Maria Papadakaki

  • Dr Maria Papadakaki is an Associate Professor at the Department of Social Work, Faculty of Health Sciences, Hellenic Mediterranean University.
  • She obtained a first degree in Social Work, holds an MPH and a PhD from the Faculty of Medicine.
  • She is the President of Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Section of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) since 2020 and Advisory Board member of the European Forum for Primary Care (EFPC) since 2021.
  • She is currently leading one of the few therapeutic/counseling programs in Greece for perpetrators of family violence as part of penal mediation law, in collaboration with the Public Prosecutor’s office and the Police.
  • She also offers a counseling program for juvenile offenders since 2019, at monthly basis, in collaboration with the Prosecutor’s office for minors in Heraklion.
  • She is dedicated to the prevention of intentional and unintentional injuries; active in basic and experimental research on GBV, family and child protection matters; pioneer in community family-centered interventions and family counseling; designed and validated scientific tools and material for use by academic, research and civil organizations on GBV; carried out training for primary care providers on GBV; systematically involved in health policy research regarding primary health care, psychosocial care and family violence; long involvement in EU-funded projects relevant to GBV, aggressive behaviour and the psychosocial health of vulnerable groups (e.g. “Y-SAV”, “COMMUN-AID”, “WOM-POWER”).