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Asimina Lazaridou

Lecturer, Department of Psychology

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Office Hours

Office: Administration Building, Room 421-C
Office Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.; by appointment also


Ph.D., M.Sc. University of Macedonia, Greece (specialization William James College; Harvard), Surrey University, UK, Clinical Health Psychology concentration


Prior to joining Emmanuel College as a lecturer, I was a postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Surgery Department and a Clinical fellow at McLean Hospital, Belmont, Mass. As a graduate student, I worked closely with Professor Langer and her Mindfulness Lab at Harvard University.

Apart from my teaching role at Emmanuel, I am also a research scientist at Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women's Hospital working on clinical pain research.

What I Love About Emmanuel:

What I love about Emmanuel is the smaller size of the classes and the ability to get to know my students better. At Emmanuel College, students have incredible access to professors and can create individualized programs of study. I am able to tailor my courses to students' interests and create an interactive learning environment.

  • PSYCH2801 Research Methods and Statistics
  • PSYCH1501 General Psychology
  • PSYCH2209  Physiological Bases of Behavior

Peer-reviewed papers
1. Lazaridou, A., Martel, M.O, Cahalan, C., Cornelius M., Franceschelli, O., Campbell C., Haythornthwaite. J.A, Smith, M. Page, G.G., Riley, J., Edwards, R.R. (2017). The impact of anxiety and catastrophizing on interleukin-6 responses to acute painful stress. Journal of Pain Research (in press).
2. Lazaridou A., Buliteanu A.,Cornelius M., Franceschelli O., Edwards R., Jamison R. (2016) Influence of Catastrophizing on Pain Intensity, Disability, Side Effects, and Opioid Misuse among Pain Patients in Primary Care. Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research, 22 (1), 12081.
3. Levoy E., Lazaridou A., Brewer J., Fulwiler  C. (2016) An Exploratory Study of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Emotional Eating. Appetite, 109,124-130.
4. Edwards R., Dolman, A, Martel M., Finan P., Lazaridou A., Cornelius M., Wasan A. (2016). Variability in Conditioned Pain Modulation Predicts Response to NSAID Treatment in Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders,17 (1), 284.  
5. Lazaridou A., Kim J., Cahalan C., Loggia M., Franceschelli O., Chantal Berna, Schur P.,  Napadow V., Edwards R. (2016). Effects of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) on brain connectivity supporting catastrophizing in fibromyalgia. Clinical Journal of Pain, 33 (3), 215-221.
6. Lazaridou A., Pentaris P. (2016). Mindfulness and Spirituality: Therapeutic Perspectives. Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies, 15 (3), 235-244.
7. Lazaridou A, Edwards RR. Getting personal: The role of individual patient preferences and characteristics in shaping pain treatment outcomes (2016). Pain, 157 (1), 1-2.
8. Lazaridou A. Kalogianni C. (2013). The effect of mindfulness on sexual behavior. Journal of Sexual and Relationship therapy, 28 (1-2), 29-38.
9. Lazaridou A. Why Health psychology should be mindful of mindfulness? (2011). European Health Psychologist Bulletin, 13(2), 30-32.
10. Lazaridou A., Mintzopoulos D., Astrakas, Khanicheh A., Singhal A.,Moskowitz M., L., Bruce R., Tzika A. fMRI as a molecular imaging procedure for the functional reorganization of motor systems in chronic stroke. Molecular Medicine Reports, 8(3), 775-9.
11. Lazaridou A., Mintzopoulos D., Astrakas L., Khanicheh A., Singhal A Moskowitz M., Bruce R., Tzika A. Diffusion Tensor and Volumetric Magnetic Resonance Imaging using an MR Compatible Rehabilitation Hand Device suggests Training-Induced Neuroplasticity in Chronic Stroke. International Journal of Molecular Medicine, 32(5), 995-1000.
12. Lazaridou A., Philbrook P., Tzika A. (2013). Yoga and mindfulness as therapeutic interventions for stroke rehabilitation: A systematic review. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.   http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/357108.  

Book chapters
1. Lazaridou A., Edwards R. (2015). Relaxation Techniques and Biofeedback for Cancer Pain Management. Essential  of Interventional Cancer Pain Management. Springer.
2. Lazaridou A., Elbaridi N., Edwards R., Berde C. (2016). Pain Assessment. Essentials of Pain Medicine (4rth edition). Elsevier Inc.
3. Lazaridou A., Tzika A. (2014). Textbook of Neurophotonic and Brain Mapping. CRC Press (Taylor & Francis Group).
4. Lazaridou A. The power of Mindful Learning (2011). In V. Karavakou (Ed.), Lifelong learning: Interdisciplinary approaches (pp. 391-406). Thessaloniki, Greece: University of Macedonia Press.
5. Dorado K., McDonnel C., Lazaridou A. (2017). Sexuality and Chronic Pain. Nova Science Publishers (in press).
6. Lazaridou A., Zgierksa A. (2017). Principles of comprehensive approach to pain management in patients with addiction. Pain: A Review Guide. Springer (in press).

  • EHPS (European Health Psychology Association) visiting grant
  • ISCS (Internation Sympsium of Contemplative Sciences). Travel Award, Mind and Life Institute
  • APS (American Pain Society) Young Investigator Award

I am currently a lecturer at Emmanuel College and a research scientist in the Anesthesiology department at Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

The focus of my work has been on the effects of cognitions and emotions on physiological responses to painful stimuli. Current studies in our lab include an investigation of how pain affects the human immune system, and how psychosocial processes such as negative emotions (e.g catastrophizing) may magnify the physiological impact of pain. More recently, several of my ongoing projects evaluate the effects of behavioral interventions for chronic pain, depression (e.g., cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, yoga).