We are delighted to feature Georgios Lampropoulos, PhD, Core Faculty member at MSP in the Faculty Spotlight! Dr. Lampropoulos joined the faculty to teach in the MA program in September 2018.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Kalamata, Greece, and also lived and studied in Crete, Greece for several years before coming to the US for my PhD. Before coming to Michigan and MSP, I lived and studied/worked in four US states and Canada.
What or who influenced you to study psychology?
I always had a great affinity for the subject growing up and felt it was a natural education and career choice for me; even as a teenager, I could not see myself studying or working in any other field. I was thrilled to be one of the first graduates of the first psychology department in Greece.
What appealed to you most about teaching here at MSP?
The humanistic/existential emphasis of the school, its history and solid foundation, the friendly and supportive community, and the exciting growth opportunities.
Please share a moment when you felt proud to be a teacher.
Some of my proudest moments over the years have been when my dissertation students graduated with their PhD/PsyD, and obtained good internships, postdocs, and jobs. Facilitating student presentations and publications are also quite rewarding teaching and mentoring experiences, some of which are stemming from class projects. Helping students develop their research ideas has always been gratifying and fun, as is helping them grow their clinical skills and their confidence working with clients.
What are your research interests?
I am interested in research on a variety of topics, including anything related to the theory, process, and outcome of psychotherapy and change. Specific topics within that include the use of homework in therapy, the therapeutic relationship, client views, and the integration of different psychotherapies. I am also interested in researching professional and training issues, as well as social justice topics.
What is your favorite non-academic book and why?
I am a fan and have read a lot of “classic” French, English, Russian, American, and Greek literature, which typically contains great existential and humanistic themes.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
Travelling is my passion; I enjoy traveling around the world for recreational and professional purposes, and to visit family.
What advice would you like to share with incoming or current students?
Some suggestions include to plan and individualize their educational experiences from the start to meet their career goals. Network with faculty and professionals within and outside the institution. Make time for self-care, enjoy the process, and be compassionate to yourself!