Ms. Natalia Maravegias completed her BA in Psychology, in 2013, from The American College of Greece, and she holds a Master of Science in Health Psychology from The University of Nottingham, UK, in 2016. Currently, she is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society, MBPsS.
She is a certified fellow rational-emotive cognitive behavioral therapist, of the Affiliated Training Center of the Albert Ellis Institute. This will be her fourth year working at ACS Athens, at the Educational and Diagnostic Testing Center, and her second year as the Educational and Diagnostic Testing Center Coordinator. Prior to that, she has worked for two school years as a shadow teacher at ACS Athens. While completing her undergraduate degree she worked as a lab assistant, creating, and supervising psychological experiments for undergraduate students.
Ms. Maravegias has completed an in-depth training course in Educational and Psychological assessments, under the supervision of Dr. Michael Castleberry, Professor at the University of Washington, accredited by the State University of New York.
Ms. Maravegias was born in Athens, Greece and is an alumna of ACS Athens.
Dr. Adriana Janicic holds a Bachelors of Arts in Art and Psychology from Reading University, a Masters of Arts in Psychology in Education from Columbia University, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. She completed her doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services. Dr. Janicic has completed numerous trainings in providing psychotherapy, supervision, program development, and assessment. Dr. Janicic is also currently completing a Certificate in Somatic Experiencing, a specialized treatment for trauma.
Dr. Janicic has worked in psychiatric clinic, community mental health, hospital, university counseling, neuropsychological assessment, and humanitarian/NGO settings, gathering a range of experiences in clinical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment, as well as training of other mental health professionals. In the past, she has collaborated with elementary schools, parents, and university students, and faculty/staff to provide trainings and prevention and outreach programming, including anti-bullying campaigns, mindfulness in parenting anxious children, trauma responses, undocumented status, and multiple diversity and mental health awareness events.
Presently, Dr. Janicic holds a private practice in Athens, providing psychotherapy and professional consultation services. She is also a trauma-informed yoga instructor and provides a variety of mental health and psychosocial support services for female refugees and humanitarian aid workers. Originating from Montenegro, Dr. Janicic was raised in Greece, and completed her studies in the UK, New York, and California. Her interests include art, yoga, travel, music, and dance.
Ms. Perakis was raised in Newport, Rhode Island. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Elementary and Special Education from Salve Regina College and a Masters of Arts in Special Education from Lesley College. She is currently working on a post graduate degree on Improving Student Learning and Quality of Teaching in International Schools from Buffalo State SUNY University. Ms. Perakis holds several teaching certificates including certificates for teaching students with mild-moderate-severe learning differences and handicaps.
For the past ten years, she has co organized the ACS Athens Annual Learning Differences Conferences, a continuing effort to raise awareness on the subject of educating children with learning differences. Ms. Perakis has also served as a team member on the Committee of Institution-wide Accreditation of the Middle School Association of Colleges and School (MSA), and on the study and research group at John Hopkins University for bringing the CTY program to Greece.
Since 2010, Ms. Perakis has been selected to serve on The European Council of International Schools (ECIS) Special Education Needs (SEN) Committee. She is also the Vice President for the Professional Special Education Society in Greece, a founding member of the Hellenic Institute for Study and Research of Learning Disabilities and serving on the IB Special Education Needs (SEN) Committee, as well as, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Education committee for Learning Differences.
For the past five years she has served as a consultant to the ACS Athens Institute for several projects; including work for the Educational and Diagnostic Testing Center, Teaching the Shadow Teacher course, organizing events such as the Inclusion conference, the All class reunion, etc. Recently she has agreed to support and consult at the Development Office. A life long learner who considers ACS Athens her second home since 1981.