Ilias Vlachos


B.A. with Distinction, ACG, Ptychion in German Language Literature, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens-NKUA, Medical Doctorate, interdisciplinary Ph.D. Highest Distinction on the Interactions between Anxiety, Depression, and Ulcerative Colitis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Dr Ilias I. Vlachos is a psychiatrist-psychotherapist based in Athens, Greece. He has completed a B.A. in Psychology with Distinction at ACG (1993), a Ptychion in German Language Literature at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens-NKUA (1993), as well as a Medical Doctorate at NKUA (1999). He received his interdisciplinary Ph.D. with the Highest Distinction on the Interactions between Anxiety, Depression, and Ulcerative Colitis at NKUA (2013). He, moreover, completed his training in group analysis (2005) and is a teaching group analyst at the Hellenic Organization of Psychotherapy and Education in Group Analysis (HOPE in GA), which is a member of the European Federation of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (EFPP).

He has served as an Academic Fellow at the 1st Department of Psychiatry, Emergency Psychiatry Section of NKUA with clinical, research, and academic duties (2015-2022). He has been an Instructor of the courses of Advanced Psychopathology and Group Counseling and Psychotherapy at the Master’s Degree Program of Psychotherapy at the American College of Greece since 2022. He has also served as Secretary of the Section Art and Psychiatry of the Hellenic Psychiatric Association (2012-present).

His scientific interests include depression, suicidality, emergency psychiatry, psychoneuroimmunology, psycho-oncology, and psychotherapy. He has published research and review papers in scientific journals of significant impact factors, such as Brain Sciences, Journal of Clinical Medicine, Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, BMC Gastroenterology, The Psychoanalytic Review, British Journal of Psychotherapy, Journal of Affective Disorders, Schizophrenia. He has also served as a peer reviewer in different medical journals. He has also participated in oral communications and posters at Greek and international psychiatric conferences.

In his leisure time, he is involved with the theatre and has received a prize for his play “Cherrytrees”(1998) from the Hellenic Association of Physicians/Authors. He also founded — along with other psychologists and psychiatrists — an amateur theatre group called “the Healers,” which has staged four plays since 2013.