Efharis Panagopoulou, PhD is an assistant professor of health psychology in the Medical School of Aristotle University in Greece. After completing her doctoral thesis in Leiden University, The Netherlands, she joined the Medical School in 2002 with a European fellowship aimed at attracting research leaders from abroad. To date, she has coordinated several projects in the field of stress, diagnostic mistakes, and clinical decision making. Dr. Panagopoulou is the Principal Investigator of the ORCAB project:“Organisational culture, professional burnout and quality of health care”. (7TH Research Framework, European Union). The project involves 10 partners from 9 European countries and the funding budget is 2.1 million Euros. Dr. Panagopoulou was the Head of the Scientific Committee for the EHPS conference in Crete (2011). From April -May 2012 she received a Fulbright scholarship to study the impact of information concealment on couples coping with cancer. She is currently the coordinator of the communication skills training program for medical doctors, and the Personal and Professional Development program for members of the medical school. Her current research is focused on the role of emotions on clinical decision making and medical errors.
Anthony Montgomery, is an Associate Professor of Work and Organizational Psychology at the University of Macedonia (Thessaloniki, Greece). Prior to this, he was a lecturer in Occupational Psychology at the Department of Applied Psychology in University College Cork (Ireland), and a Senior Lecturer in the Behavioural Sciences and Healthcare Management at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland-Medical University of Bahrain.
From 2009-2014, he was the co-principal investigator of an FP7 European Commission Grant concerning Organizational culture, professional burnout and quality of health care in hospitals (ORCAB). The research was awarded 2.4 million Euros and was conducted among nine European countries.
Since 1999, he has successfully combined the roles of organizational consultant and academic. He has published material in both the scientific and popular press. He is actively involved in disseminating his research findings with the public in terms of blogs, podcasts and magazines. Most recently, he was interviewed for a podcast concerning the inevitability of physician burnout.