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Professor Renos Papadopoulos DipClinEdPsych (Belgrade), PhD (Cape Town)

Position in departmentDirector, MA/PhD Refugee Care; Director, Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees
Staff positionProfessor and Director of the Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees (CTAR)
Telephone01206 873558

A member of the Human Rights Centre, and of the Transitional Justice Network at the University of Essex.  In addition, he is Honorary Clinical Psychologist and Systemic Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic, Training and Supervising Jungian Psychoanalyst and Systemic Family Psychotherapist practising in London (member of the Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists). As consultant to the United Nations and other organisations, he has been working with refugees, tortured persons and other survivors of political violence and disasters in many countries. He is the founder and director of the ‘MA / PhD in Refugee Care’ that is offered jointly by the University of Essex and the Tavistock Clinic. He lectures, consults and offers specialist trainings internationally and his writings have appeared in fourteen languages.

Research interests

  • Involuntary dislocation (forced migration), trauma and refugees
  • Working with survivors of violence and disasters
  • Psychosocial humanitarian interventions
  • Psychosocial perspectives on Human Rights
  • The interface between Analytical Psychology and systems, family therapy, and culture
  • Epistemology of therapeutic endeavours
  • Academic and professional interface with Eastern Orthodox Christianity.
PublicationsLink to publications for Renos Papadopoulos
Additional information

I am currently supervising the following PhD students:

- David Alexander: Approaching Moral Injury in contemporary warfare: connecting Eastern Christian spiritual healing with modern therapeutic interventions.

- Dena Alinejad: Fostered unaccompanied minors in the United Kingdom: a psychosocial investigation

- Jay Barlow: The traumatised self in exile: the challenges of narcissistic wounding on longing and belonging when the consulting room becomes a refuge.

- Panayiotis Chaldaios: Nostalgic Disorientation in refugees and substance users: an investigation in an urban Greek setting

- Elisabetta Iberni: Attachment theory and analytical psychology.  An exploration in a cross-cultural perspective:  the case of post-conflict Kosovo.

- Elizabeth Johnston: Exploring the psychosocial wellbeing of LGBT refugees.

- Margaret Sesay:  Psychosocial dimensions of the experiences of Sierra Leonean refugee women living in the UK. 

- Gloria Geretto: Healing through Nature: horticulture as a therapeutic experience for refugees. Exploring the psychosocial role of nature-based therapy in healing trauma.

- Ding Liang: Age and gender factors in Adversity-Activated Development in refugees. 

- Federica Micoli: Psychosocial approaches to the Human Rights of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in South Africa

- Metasebia Tadesse:  Constructing Identities among Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Adolescents in exile. 

- Mustafa Qossoqsi: Transgenerational effects of Nakba: a psychosocial investigation

- Gulenbaht Senturk: The Impact of Involuntary Dislocation on Couple Relationships: A Psychosocial Investigation of Attachment

- Robin Tu: Suicide Surviving: A Jungian Exploration using Narrative Approach

- David Vincent: The working theories of group-analytic psychotherapists.

- Giulia Zucca: The Complexity of the Refugee Experience. Towards an Embodied Narration

'Adversity Activated Development'

This is a brief interview Professor Renos Papadopoulos gave to the local TV station whilst he was lecturing in Santa Fe (New Mexico, USA) in September 2006. It was a live interview as part of their news bulletin on the 9th September. He was invited to give the '9/11 Memorial Lecture' and he also offered workshops for professionals. The yellow flag on his left is the flag of the State of New Mexico; he was at the studio of the State Capitol Building (in Santa Fe) and the interviewer was in the main studios in Albuquerque (New Mexico).

Windows Media/Audio File of the interview

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