Constantina Panourgia

Dr Constantina Panourgia

  • Principal Academic in Psychology
  • Poole House P120, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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I graduated from the University of Crete (Greece) with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology in 2001. For two years I worked as a psychologist and then I obtained a MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (2004) from King’s College (University of London). I went on to work as a mental health worker in primary schools and research assistant before studying for a PhD in Psychology (completed in 2013) at the Institute of Education (University of London).

Since 2009, I have been teaching in Higher Education Institutions (Institute of Education, University of Chichester). Before moving to Bournemouth University (January 2014), I worked for one and a half years as a postdoctoral research fellow (University of Portsmouth) on an EEF (Education Endowment Fund) project examining the effect of Implicit Theories of Intelligence in children’s academic achievement.


My previous research mainly focused on the effects of socioeconomic disadvantage and adverse life events on children’s and adolescent’s psychological adjustment. I am interested in identifying protective factors underlying the relationship between risk and resilience and uncovering the processes through which children and adolescents acquire the capacity for resilience. The goal of my research is to provide researchers, schools and practitioners with a helpful tool to identify at-risk children and youth and to implement the most suitable preventions and interventions that aim to promote positive outcomes and development.

My most recent research investigated how vicarious traumatisation and perceived stress affected psychology practitioners who performed their duties during and after the lockdown period and the factors that enhanced their resilient features. Other recent projects has focused on teachers' wellbeing, gambling-related harms among children and young people, and internet addiction among families.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person's work contributes towards the following SDGs:

Good health and well-being

"Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages"

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Quality education

"Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all"

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Reduced inequalities

"Reduce inequality within and among countries"

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Partnership for the Goals

"Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development"

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Profile of Teaching UG

  • Developmental Psychology (Level 5, teaching team)
  • Educational Psychology and Special Educational Needs (Level 6, Unit Leader)
  • Final Year Project Supervision


  • Interventions, practices and systems to support children and young people at risk of harm: A scoping review. (GambleAware, 31 May 2023). Completed
  • Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Award (University of Perugia, Italy) (Erasmus, 14 May 2023). Completed
  • Resilience among counsellors working in trauma informed settings (BU QR-fund, 18 Feb 2023). Completed
  • Exploring use of internet among parents and adolescents: A cross-cultural study (BU QR-fund, 01 Jan 2023). In Progress
  • Understanding resilience in mental health workers during the COVID-19 pandemic (follow-up) (BU QR-fund, 01 Nov 2021). Completed
  • Exploring social media influencing: role in and input to the Digital Resilience Framework and Digital Citizenship agenda (Bournemouth University Research Impact Funding, 11 Sep 2020). Completed
  • Teachers’ perceptions of the impact of technology on children and young people’s development (BU QR-fund, 01 May 2020). Completed
  • Understanding resilience in mental health psychology practitioners during the COVID-19 pandemic (BU QR-fund, 01 May 2020). Completed
  • The impacts of technology on children and young people (BU QR-fund, 30 Apr 2019). Completed

External Responsibilities

  • Canterbury Christ Church University, External Examiner (2023-2026)
  • University of Essex, External Examiner (2021-2025)
  • Richmond University, The American University in London, External Examiner (2019-2022)
  • UCL, Institute of Education, External Scrutineer (2017)
  • UEL, External adviser (2015-)

Internal Responsibilities

  • Programme Leader, BSc in Psychology with Forensic Investigation
  • Year 3 Tutor (2019-2022), BSc in Psychology
  • Member, Athena SWAN
  • Year 2 Tutor (2014-2016), BSc in Psychology

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Workshop for teachers (15 Jul 2019)
  • Response to an inquiry for evidence (01 Jul 2019)
  • Young researchers wanted! Hurry up and sign up! (26 Jun 2016)
  • Symposium
  • Careers' week talk

Conference Presentations

  • BPS Conference 2021: Positive Adaptations: Psychological Strengths, Risk and resilience in mental health psychology practitioners during the COVID-19 pandemic., 01 Jul 2021, virtual
  • International Reseach Day, Understanding resilience in psychology practitioners during the Covid-19 pandemic., 22 Jan 2021, Lyon, France
  • International Research Day, Teachers’ perceptions of the impact of technology on children and young people’s emotions and behaviours, 22 Jan 2021, Lyon, France
  • International Research Week, Life Adversity & Psychological Resilience in Children and Young people, 14 Jan 2020, Lyon, France
  • International Research Week, Poverty in Childhood and its Effects on Development, 14 Jan 2020, Lyon, France


  • European Association for Developmental Psychology, Member (2019-),
  • The Higher Education Academy, Fellow (2019-),
  • British Educational Research Association, Member,
  • Society for Educational Studies, Member,
  • The British Psychological Society, Member,