Alexandros Kapatais

Thesis title: Applying Positive Psychology to Enhance Student Wellbeing and Engagement


I have completed  a Psychology BSc at the University of Nottingham, before continuing to study a two-year MSc in Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice at University College London and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. As part of the MSc I was on placement within a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service for looked after children. Following the MSc, I worked as a research assistant at the University of Nicosia, and was a private tutor  teaching research methods and statistics to undergraduate and postgraduate students. 

Responsibilities & affiliations

I am working within the Curriculum Transformation Project for the development of the Lead Well Framework, an initiative aimed to embed wellbeing in the curriculum. I am contributing to the design and delivery of workshops to promote undergraduate student's wellbeing and engagement.




Research summary

My research interests centre around the application of Positive Psychology to enhance university student wellbeing and engagement.

Current research interests

I am currently studying university students' experience of the peak performance state, known as flow, with the aim of understanding and promoting the flow state within higher education, as a way to enhance student wellbeing, engagement and performance.

Past research interests

I have previously worked in projects examining self-harmful and suicidal behaviours, disordered eating and mindfulness.

Jernslett, M., Anastassiou-Hadjicharalambous, X., Lioupi, C., Syros, I., Kapatais, A., Karamanoli, V., ... & Lotzin, A. (2022). Disentangling the associations between past childhood adversity and psychopathology during the COVID-19 pandemic: the mediating roles of specific pandemic stressors and coping strategies. Child abuse & neglect, 105673.


Kapatais, A., Williams, A. J., & Townsend, E. (2022). The mediating role of emotion regulation on self-harm among gender identity and sexual orientation minority (LGBTQ+) individuals. Archives of suicide research, 1-14.


Koushiou, M., Kapatais, A., Iasonidou, E., Adonis, M., Ferreira, N. (2021). The moderating role of body image inflexibility in the relation between weight concerns and symptoms of eating disorders in Cypriot University students. Mediterranean Journal of Clinical Psychology, 9(2).


Kapatais, A., Thackeray, L., & Lecchi, T. (2019, September) Facilitators and Barriers of the therapeutic alliance in videoconferencing therapy. Poster presented at the Separation and Unity Conference of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Krakow, Poland.