Elias Besevegis is Professor of Developmental Psychology, Chair of the Department of Psychology, and Director of the Center for Family Studies at the University of Athens, in Athens Greece. He was awarded the Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, Rutgers University, in 1983.
His areas of research are in psychosocial development of school-age children and adolescents, parental descriptions of children’s personality, and coping behavior in children and adolescents. He is author of over 40 papers and chapters in journals and edited books in Greek and English, and has given papers and lectures in numerous international and national conferences.
He is presently Secretary General of the 26th International Congress of Applied Psychology, to be held in Athens in 2006. He was also Secretary General of the 4th European Congress of Psychology held in Athens, Greece in 1995, was a member of the Organizing Committee of the European Conference on Developmental Psychology, Rennes, France in 1997, and President of the European Conference on Developmental Psychology, held on the island of Spetses, Greece in 1999.
He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development and the Journal of the Hellenic Psychological Society “Psychology”.
He is a member of Erasmus/Socrates Staff and Student Exchange Programs with the Netherlands and Belgium, and a participant in international research programs with colleagues from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Poland, China and the U.S.A.
He is a member of the following societies and associations: member of the Executive Committee of the European Society for Developmental Psychology, International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development, Society for Research on Adolescence, European Society for Research on Adolescence, American Psychological Association, Hellenic Psychological Society, President of the Hellenic Society for Children’s Health, and IAAP.
Elias Besevegis is considered to be one of the outstanding developmental psychologists in Greece and a leader in the field of psychology. He has demonstrated his active interest in international psychology and I would like to propose him as a candidate for the EC.