Konstantina Sykara, BA, MA

Atlantic Fellow at GBHI
UCSF Memory and Aging Center


Home Country: Greece
Field of Employment: Clinical Psychologist
Key Areas: neuropsychology, cognitive behavioral therapy, sleep, dementia, brain health, developmental disorders

The effective promotion of healthy brain aging requires a holistic approach of collaborating experts that breaks boundaries across disciplines. It is essential that each one of us becomes a force of change within their expertise towards achieving social equity in brain health.

Konstantina Sykara is a clinical psychologist who has dedicated her career in ameliorating the quality of life of vulnerable populations with neuropsychiatric disorders. Sykara has obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Athens in Greece.  She went on to complete her Master’s Degree at King’s College London in Social Science and Public Policy focusing on Child Studies. Upon returning to her native Greece, she joined the Neurological Institute of Athens and the Athens Medical Center as a staff psychologist where she evaluates and treats patients with neurodegeneration and neuropsychiatric disorders as well as their caregivers.  In addition, she has obtained graduate training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at the University of Athens. Building on her expertise in caring for children with developmental disorders, Sykara focuses on the accurate characterization and diagnosis of adults with cognitive and behavioral impairment, and provides psychotherapy to patients and family members. Sykara is passionate in contributing towards a more equitable society through her clinical work, as well as educational and research activities.  Her scientific focus is on the implementation of non-pharmacological interventions that can improve the quality of life of patients with cognitive disorders and their caregivers, with a special emphasis on psychological interventions that improve sleep.  As an Atlantic Fellow at the Global Brain Health Institute, she will pursue research in evaluating whether cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTi) is an effective treatment intervention in patients with mild cognitive impairment and their caregivers. 

Bio: Konstantina Sykara obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and post-graduate training in Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy from the University of Athens, Greece. Sykara also holds a Master's degree from King's College London, UK in Child Studies.  She works as a staff psychologist of the Neurological Institute of Athens and Athens Medical Center in Athens, Greece.  Her work focuses on neuropsychological assessment of patients with neurodegeneration. In parallel, she is evaluating and treating patients with neuropsychiatric disorders and their caregivers. Her research interest lies in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy interventions for sleep disorders in older adults with cognitive impairment and their caregivers.