Biography I am Assistant Professor in Psychology of Physical Education and Sport at the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, University of Thessaly in Greece. I received my first degree at the University of Thessaly and my MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Wales, Bangor, supported by the Onassis Foundation. My Ph.D was supported by the “State Scholarships Foundation”. My research applies self-regulation strategies and motivation theories to understand and enhance performance but also change unhealthy behaviors such as smoking and drinking through exercise. I have co-authored more than 40 articles in international peer-reviewed journals, and 6 chapters in international handbooks of sport and exercise psychology, and serve as a referee in more than 20 journals of sport and exercise psychology. I am president of the Hellenic Society of Sport and Exercise Psychology (HSSEP) and member of the Managing Council of the International Society of Sport Psychology - (ISSP) was a member of the Managing Council responsible for the research department of the European Network of Young Specialists in Sport Psychology (ENYSSP) for 8 years. I am also member of the European Federation of Sport Psychology (FEPSAC) and American Psychological Society (APS). I am Editorial assistant of the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology (2008-till now), Co-Editor of the Bulletin Board (2011-2013), editorial board of the Journal of Sports Sciences, section editor of sport sciences of Cogent Psychology and Cogent Medicine. I am also editor of the Hellenic Journal of Sport Psychology. I have been a post-doc researcher in European (FP7), and National projects for 6 years and almost 3 years as Assistant professor at the university of Thessaly in Greece. I have been teaching at least 5 years to international students in the European Master of Sport and Exercise Psychology different modules but also supervising more than 15 international students for their thesis but also their applied practice. I have attended many international congresses as participant but also as assistant director of the 12th European Congress of Sport Psychology, FEPSAC in 2007, and many national congresses. In my free time I enjoy playing with my two sons George and Alexander.
"If you want to go fast, go alone ...if you want to go far, go together..."
Education 2012-2015. Post-Doctoral Researcher in Exercise and Health. EXERCISE, SMOKING, & ALCOHOL: INVESTIGATION OF MECHANISMS, & INTERVENTIONS FOR PREVENTION, CESSATION & AWARENESS. THALIS PROJECT. National Strategic Reference Framework).
2009-2013. Post-Doctoral Researcher in Sport and Exercise Psychology and Physical Activity.Promoting Adolescent health through an intervention aimed at improving the quality of their participation in Physical Activity (PAPA). Collaborative research grant funded by the EU Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme (Health).
2005-2008. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) Sport Psychology, University of Thessaly, Trikala, Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences & University of Thrace, Komotini, Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Greece
2002-2003. Master of Science (M.Sc.) Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology. University of Wales, Bangor, School of Sport Health and Exercise Sciences, Wales
1997-2001. Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Physical Education & Sport Science, University of Thessaly, Trikala,Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Greece
In press Latinjak. A. T., Masó, M., Comoutos, N. (in press).Goal-directed self-talk used during technical skill acquisition: The case of novice Ultimate Frisbee players. The Sport Psychologist. doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2017-0047 Gregersen, J. Hatzigeorgiadis, A., Galanis, E., Comoutos, N., & Papaioannou, A. (in press). Countering the Consequences of Ego Depletion: The Effects of Self-Talk on Selective Attention. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Galanis, E., Hatzigeorgiadis, A., Comoutos, A., Charachousi, F., & Sanchez, X (in press). From the lab to field: Effects of self-talk on task performance under distracting conditions. The Sport Psychologist. doi: 10.1123/tsp.2017-0017
Karpodini, Ch., Wyon, M., Comoutos, N., & Koutedakis, Y. (in press). The effects of leg length on selected ballet performance indicators. International Journal of Sports Medicine.
Karamitrou, A., Comoutos, N., Hatzigeorgiadis, A., & Theodorakis, Y. (in press). A Self-determination Approach to the Understanding of Athletes' Self-talk. Journal of Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology.
2017 Latinjak, A. T., Hatzigeorgiadis, A., & Zourbanos, N. (2017). Goal-directed and spontaneous self-talk in anger- and anxiety-eliciting sport-situations. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 29(2), 150-166, DOI: 10.1080/10413200.2016.1213330
Batrakoulis, A., Georgakouli, K., Papanikolaou, K., Zourbanos, N., Draganidis, D., Deli, C., Michalopoulou, M., Avloniti, A., Chatzinikolaou, A., Jamurtas, A., & Fatouros, I. (2017). An 8-month small-group circuit functional training program improves body composition and performance of overweight/obese women. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 49(5), Supplement.
Book chapters Hardy, J., &Zourbanos, N. (2016). Self-talk in sport. In R. Shinke, K. McGannon, & B. Smith. (Eds.).The Routledge International Handbook of Sport Psychology (pp. 449-459). Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge
Galanis, V., Hatzigeorgiadis, A., Zourbanos, N., & Theodorakis, Y., (2016). Why self-talk is effective? Perspectives on self-talk mechanisms in sport. In Raab, M., Wylleman, P., Seiler, R., Elbe, A-M, & Hatzigeorgiadis, A. (Eds.), Sport and Exercise Psychology Research: From Theory to Practice (pp. 181-200). Elsevier
New e-Book (In Greek) Θεοδωράκης, Γ., Χατζηγεωργιάδης, Α., Ζουρμπάνος, Ν. (2015). Ψυχολογική υποστήριξη στον αθλητισμό και την άσκηση για υγεία. Σύνδεσμος Ελληνικων Ακαδημαϊκων Βιβλιοθηκών, Εθνικό Μετσόβιο Πολυτεχνείο, Αθήνα.