South-East European Research Centre – SEERC

The South-East European Research Centre (SEERC) is a research centre of CITY College, University of York Europe Campus, established as a non-profit, legal entity in Thessaloniki, Greece in 2004.

It is conducting multidisciplinary research in the fields of Enterprise, Innovation & Development, Information & Communication Technologies, and Society & Human Development. SEERC’s mission is to support the stable and smooth development of South-East Europe by conducting pure and applied research throughout and for the region.

SEERC initiates activities that lead to funded research projects tackling issues of importance at a regional, European and international level, with a particular focus on South East Europe. Since its establishment in 2003, SEERC has received funding for a significant number of research projects by various funding agencies and funding programmes.

These include programmes of the European Commission (FP7, eContentplus, FP6, DAPHNE III, Youth in Action, Leonardo da Vinci, eTen), programmes from the UK Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, programmes of the Greek General Secretariat for Research and Technology (EUREKA Eurostars, PENED), and the International Labour Organization (ILO) of the United Nations.

Project Staff

Professor Ana B. Vivas

Professor Ana B. Vivas

Ana B. Vivas is a Professor in Neuropsychology at the Psychology department of CITY College, University of York Europe Campus, and its research center, SEERC.

She has more than 20 years of research experience, and strong focus on understanding healthy and pathological ageing; particularly on developing and testing the effectiveness of non-pharmacological digital interventions to enhance and maintain everyday functionality in older adults with and without cognitive impairment, and to improve overall the well-being of these populations.

She has substantial experience in European funded research projects, and was country lead for the SILVER project (European Commission), which aimed at creating digital tools to facilitate intergenerational learning, and was scientific coordinator for the implementation of a large-scale RCTs to test the effectiveness of a digital non-pharmacological intervention in older adult and people with Alzheimer’s disease.

She has supervised to completion 10 doctoral thesis, and currently supervises 3 doctoral students. Finally, she is on regular basis an expert evaluator and vice-chair for the European Commission.

Professor Lina Gega

Professor Lina Gega

Lina is Professor of Mental Health at Hull York Medical School and the Inaugural Director of the Institute of Mental Health Research at the University of York. She holds honorary positions as Nurse Consultant with her local National Health Service (NHS) and Professorial Fellow with the South East European Research Centre (SEERC) in Thessaloniki Greece.

Qualified first as a nurse and then as a psychological therapist, she completed her PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry King’s College London. Lina has secured over £8 million in funding from UK Research Councils to conduct clinical trials, translational studies and evidence syntheses in mental health. Her current research focuses on children and adolescents, especially creating and evaluating ‘lean’ psychological interventions, such as behavioural activation for depression and one-session treatment for phobias, that can be delivered at scale within schools, health services and charities.

Georgia Papaioannou

Ms Georgia Papaioannou

Junior Research Officer

Georgia Papaioannou is a Lecturer in Neuropsychology at the Psychology Department of CITY College, University of York Europe Campus and a self-employed Clinical Neuropsychologist with strong background in clinical research and practice.

She is a PhD candidate in Health Sciences from University of York and holds a MA in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Sheffield and a BSc in Applied Psychology from University of Derby. Georgia has contributed to various research projects conducted by esteemed educational institutions such as CITY College and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

She has also collaborated with reputable research centers such as South-East European Research Center (SEERC) and non-governmental organizations like 50Plus Hellas. She has gained valuable experience working alongside prominent health institutions, including Anagennisi Rehabilitation Center, Papageorgiou General Hospital, AHEPA General University Hospital, Alzheimer Association Day Care Unit ‘Agios Ioannis’ and the Greek Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Her research interests lie in the areas related to aging, cognitive functioning, healthcare and social well-being, with a particular focus on understanding the needs of older adults and developing practical solutions to improve their quality of life.