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Theoklitos Karipidis

Theoklitos Karipidis

Assistant Professor

Psychological Sciences
Education and Behavioral Sciences

Contact Information

McKee Hall 62
Mailing Address
University of Northern Colorado
Psychological Sciences
Campus Box 94
Greeley, CO 80639


Professional/Academic Experience

Born and raised in Greece, Theoklitos Karipidis pursued graduate studies in the United States after transitioning out of a successful career in sports. He received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the APA-accredited program at Indiana University, with a minor in Sports and Performance Psychology. After his Ph.D., he held a clinical appointment as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is on track to becoming a licensed psychologist.

Dr. Karipidis has been teaching clinical psychology at the University of Northern Colorado as an Assistant Professor since 2023. During his first academic year, he designed and introduced the course Positive Psychology, which was approved as a permanent course in the Psychology curriculum.

Other Experience

Before starting his academic career, Dr. Karipidis was a multi-titled professional Volleyball Athlete for European clubs for over 20 years. During the same time, he was a member of the Greek national team, participating in all major European and World competitions and acquiring life experience at the international level.

He is a proud member of the CEBS Diversity & Equity Committee at UNCO, and his research focus on international populations was inspired by his “endless journey around the world,” as he frequently says.

Research/Areas of Interest

Dr. Karipidis’ research primarily focuses on international populations and, specifically, the study of international students in the United States. His Ph.D. dissertation focused on the transition and identity formation of Greek student-athletes in American universities during the time of COVID-19. He is currently supervising undergraduate and graduate students’ research projects.

He has been a research fellow at the IUPUI School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, in Indianapolis, conducting research and assisting in the development of the mental skills curriculum for residents and medical students.

Publications/Creative Works

Karipidis, T., & Steinfeldt, J. A. (2020). Potential benefits of Covid-19 transition for athletes: Unintended consequences. In Sport and the Pandemic (pp. 253-263). Routledge.

Anton, N. E., Lebares, C. C., Karipidis, T., & Stefanidis, D. (2021). Mastering stress: mental skills and emotional regulation for surgical performance and life. Journal of Surgical Research, 263, A1- A12.

Anton, N. E., Athanasiadis, D. I., Karipidis, T., Keen, A. Y., Karim, A., Cha, J., ... & Stefanidis, D. (2021). Surgeon stress negatively affects their non-technical skills in the operating room. The American Journal of Surgery, 222(6), 1154-1157.