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Dr Athanasios Hassoulas

Dr Athanasios Hassoulas

Senior Lecturer, MSc Psychiatry Programme Director

School of Medicine

+44 (0)29 2251 0911
905, Neuadd Meirionnydd, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4YS


I am the Director of the MSc in Psychiatry programme at Cardiff University. I am also a Senior Lecturer in Psychological Medicine, teaching the subject on the MBBCh and intercalated BSc programmes in the School of Medicine. I currently also lead the Centre for Medical Education's (C4ME) Digital Education Group.

I am interested in exploring innovative teaching practices that incorporate the student voice in shaping the curriculum. I have presented my work in this area with colleagues and students at regional and international conferences, as well as having received numerous teaching awards for the introduction of interactive teaching methods.

Apart from Medical Education, my research in the area of psychological medicine specifically focuses on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).









MSc Psychiatry

  • Module Lead - MET461 (Anxiety Disorders and Depression); MET462 (Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder); MET463 (Behavioural Disorders and Dementia)
  • Teaching - MET461 - Anxiety Disorders; Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

MBBCh programme

  • Teaching - 
    • Year 1 - Stress & Disease; Health Psychology; Physiology & Neuropsychology of Pain; Memory and Cognition; Cognitive Ageing; Neuropsychological Assessment; Addictions; Onset, progression, & treatment of OCD
    • Year 2 - Adolescent Neurocognitive Development; Psychophysiological and Psychosocial aspect to Cancer
    • Year 4 - Anxiety Disorders (Psychiatry, Clinical Neurosciences and Ophthalmology)
  • Projects - 
    • Year 1 - Onset, progression, & treatment of OCD (Student Selected Component)
    • Year 3 - Psychology, Psychiatry & Neuroscience (Student Selected Component)

Intercalated BSc in Psychological Medicine

  • Teaching - Cognitive and Behavioural processes - Applications in psychology and psychiatry

MSc Wound Healing

  • Teaching - Psychological Factors in Wound Healing

Selected publications:

Hassoulas, A., Umla-Runge, K., Adams, O., Scurlock-Green, M., Zahir, A., Hassoulas, A., & Panayiotou, E. 2021. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on symptom subtypes of obsessive-compulsive disorder: A cross-sectional study. BJPsych Open, 7(S1), S253-S254. doi:10.1192/bjo.2021.679
Hassoulas, A., Panayiotou, E., Mukhopadhyay, S., Baskaran, R., & Zhang, N. 2021. Supporting mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic: Implementation of an e-guide. BJPsych Open, 7(S1), S192-S192. doi:10.1192/bjo.2021.517

Hassoulas, A, Forty, E., Hoskins, M., Walters, J., & Riley, S. 2017. A case-basedmedical curriculum for the 21st century: the use of innovative ap-proaches in designing and developing a case on mental health. Medical Teacher, 39(5), 505–11. DOI: 10.1080/0142159X.2017.1296564

Hassoulas, A., et al. 2017. Rule-following and instructional control in obsessive-compulsive behaviour. European Journal of Behavior Analysis, 18(2), 276 -290

Hassoulas, A., McHugh, L., & Reed, P. 2014. Avoidance and behavioural flexibility in obsessive compulsive disorder. Journal of Anxiety Disorders28(2), 148 - 153

Selected conferences presentations:

Loizides, al. 2019. MyCompanion: A digital social companion for assisted living. Presented at: INTERACT 2019, Paphos, Cyprus, 2–6 Sep 2019 Presented at Lamas, D. et al. eds.Human-Computer Interaction: INTERACT 2019, Part IV, Vol. 11749. Lecture Notes in Computer Science Cham, Switzerland: Springer Verlag pp. 649-653. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-29390-1_55

Hassoulas, A., et al. 2018. Student participation in undergraduate medical curriculum planning and delivery. Presented at: Wales Deanery Sharing Training Excellence in Medical Education (STEME) Conference. Cardiff, UK. 03/09/2018

Hassoulas A., Taylor, A. & Heathcote, S. (2017). Student engagement and perception of e-resources developed to support and enhance learning in pain medicine and management. Presented at: International Association for Medical Education (AMEE) Conference. Helsinki, Finland. 29/08/2017

Nikopoulos, C.K., Hassoulas, A., Dounavi, K., & Neofotistou, P. (2014). Is the "C" in CBT redundant? (Symposium). Presented at: The 7th Conference of the European Association for Behaviour Analysis, Stockholm, Sweden. 13/09/2014
Hassoulas, A., McHugh, L., & Reed, P. 2013. Η τήρηση κανόνων στην ιδεοψυχαναγκαστική διαταραχή (OCD: Instruction control or behaviour shaped by schedule contingencies?). Presented at: the 1st Conference of the Greek Society of Behavior Analysis (ΕΚΑΣ), Athens, Greece. 05/10/2013
Hassoulas, A., McHugh, L., & Reed, P. 2010. Rule-Governed Behaviour in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Presented at: The 5th Conference of the European Association of Behavior Analysis (EABA), Crete, Greece. 23/09/2010
Hassoulas, A., McHugh, L., & Reed, P. 2009. Avoidance and Flexibility in OCD. Presented at: The 35th Annual Convention of the International Association of Behavior Analysis (IABA), Phoenix, USA. 23/05/2009
Hassoulas, A., McHugh, L., & Reed, P. 2008. Sidman Avoidance and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Presented at: The 4th Annual Conference of the European Association of Behavior Analysis (EABA), Madrid, Spain. 11/09/2008


MSc Psychiatry: Dissertation supervision -

  • Obsessive-compulsive and related disorders
  • Pathological anxiety and mood disorders
  • Dementia and Pathological Ageing
  • Neuropsychological assessment and management

Intercalated BSc in Medical Education: Dissertation supervision - 

  • Innovative teaching practices
  • Digital Education
  • Student engagement

MBBCh: Project supervision - 

  • Student Selected Component:
    • OCD: Onset, progression & treatment
    • Mood and anxiety disorders
    • Psychology, Psychiatry & Neuroscience

Past projects

MSc Psychiatry: Dissertation supervision -

  • Choyi, M. 2020. Is aripiprazole an effective adjunct in treatment-resistant OCD: A systematic review
  • Nwosu, U. & O'Mahony, S. 2020. Non-pharmacological interventions in the management of behavioural disturbances in patients with dementia: A systematic review
  • Rwafa, D. 2020. An investigation into cannabis use and second-generation antipsychotic efficacy in first-episode psychosis: A systematic review
  • El-Awaisi, A & Umla-Runge, K. 2020. 2019. Investigating mental health beliefs and attitudes in Muslim students at a Welsh university
  • Pouli, A. 2019. Association of major depressive disorder with inflammation through biomarkers C-reactive protein and interleukin-6 in adults 18-65 years of age. A systematic review
  • Bajaber, M & Umla-Runge, K. 2020. 2019. The effect of adjuvant memantine in obsessive-compulsive disorder: A systematic review
  • Uriarte, R. & Edney, S. 2019. Investigating the use of ketamine in the emergency department for the management of violence, aggression and agitation: A systematic review

Intercalated BSc in Medical Education: Dissertation supervision - 

  • Beresford, T. & Newton, Z. 2020. From Student-Centred to Student-Led: Promoting Student Participation in Curriculum
  • Kendrick, C. 2018. Student engagement with and perception of e-learning: Reinforcement of learning or cognitive overload

MBBCh: Project supervision 

  • Ellis, B & Umla-Runge, K. 2020. Depressive and anxiety traits in medical students at Cardiff University: prevalence rates and efficacy of student support services
  • King, E. & Umla-Runge, K. 2020. Exploring the Effectivity and Efficiency of the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Checklist for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-Fifth Edition (PCL-5) in the Assessment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Western Context: A systematic review
  • Binti Mohamed Shazman Merican, N. & Umla-Runge, K. 2020. Effects of Instant Messaging on Perceived Levels of Stress in Doctors
  • Davies, E. & Umla-Runge, K. 2020. A cross sectional study investigating lay perspectives on the aetiology of depression
  • Almazeedi, A. 2019. A Cross-Sectional Study on Suicidal Ideation in Medical Students at Cardiff University
  • Onset, progression, & treatment of OCD (Student Selected Component)