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Olga Themeli

Senior Advisory Board Member
Olga Themeli graduated from the School of Law at the Αristotle University of Thessaloniki and obtained her MSc from the School of Law /The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, in Criminology. Furthermore, she studied Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology at the School of Philosophy - The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Finally, she received her Ph.D. degree from the School of Law /National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, in Criminology.
She worked as a researcher at the Faculty of Clinical Psychology of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and at the non governmental international organization Defence for Children International - Section The Netherlands. From 2003 until 2007 she was the senior investigator at the Department of Children’s Rights of the Greek Ombudsman. She was the President of the Board of “The Central Scientific Council for Treating Victimization and Juvenile Delinquency (KESATHEA)” of the Greek Ministry of Justice and a member of many Greek law making committees.
Today, she is Associate Professor in Criminological Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Crete.
Her research interests mainly focus on institutionalization, the effects of the involvement of children in the Criminal Justice System, testimonies and forensic interviewing of children victims of abuse, as well as violations of children's rights.