Sophia Protopapa


BA, History, Deree, The American College of Greece; MA, Mediterranean Studies, King’s College London; MA, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of New Haven; MSc, Psychology/ Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Hellenic American University; Doctorate, Social Sciences, University of Leicester.

Dr Sophia Protopapa joined the Department of Psychology at the American College of Greece in September 2021. She is currently teaching Coaching and Career Counseling at the graduate program MS in Organizational Psychology. Dr Protopapa has served as academic faculty in British and American Universities for more than 20 years teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She is a career counselor and corporate trainer and speaker and since 2009 she has participated as a researcher and trainer in EU co-funded projects.

Her research interests include career counseling and employability skills, talents & strengths, public speaking anxiety, assertive communication, transformational leadership, behavioral change, counseling skills for non-counselors, growth mindset and well-being at work.

She has authored and co-authored the books, Leadership for Children: A guide for parents and teachers on how to develop children’s characteristics and competences, with Dimitris Bourantas, Psychogios Publications, 2019; Eudaimonia as a way of life: A Conversation with Aristotle inspired by the Nicomachean Ethics, Self-publication, English, 2016; A Guide for Mentors, for the mentoring program of the University of Ioannina, with Efthalia Geronymaki, University of Ioannina Publications, 2015; Emotional prosperity, Emotional Bankruptcy: An Inside- Out Approach, with Christine McGuire, Plethora Publications, 2015.

Dr Protopapa is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) by the National Board of Certified Counselors. Currently, she is authoring a book on career counseling and development for adolescents.