Dr Maria Papadakaki (BSW, MPH) is a assistant Professor at the Department of Social Work, Faculty of Health Sciences and Welfare, at the Hellenic Mediterranian University. She obtained a first degree in Social Work, holds an MPH and a PhD from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete. She has been teaching in two Master Degree Courses (MSc) offered by the Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete in “Public Health and Health Care Management” and “General Practice and Primary Health Care” since 2005. She has received training in Participatory Learning and Action Research (PLA) by experts of the Centre for Participatory Strategies (CPS) of Galway, Ireland. She has long teaching experience in continuing educational programmes targeting primary care providers and other health care professionals in Greece. She has been involved in the validation of tools for primary health care, she has designed and carried out training for primary care providers on issues of sexual health and aggressive behaviour and she has been systematically involved in health policy research regarding primary health care (see work indexed in PubMed). She has served as a member of the council of the Regional Council of Social Workers (SKLE) in Greece for many years. She has also served as a Member of the Ministerial Scientific Committee for the Greek Primary Care Reform organised by the Ministry of Health and Social Solidarity (Ministerial Decree 1δ/71967/31-07-2013). She is accustomed to working at an international level and has project management expertise due to her involvement in several research projects on an EU and national level (e.g. FP6 project “HAPPY AUDIT” (SP5A-CT-2007-044154); FP7 project “RESTORE” (FP7-RESTORE-257258), FP7 project “OTC SOCIOMED” (FP7-OTC SOCIOMED-223654); Health Programme “Y-SAV” – Executive Agency for Health and Consumers (EAHC) (DG SANCO – Youth Sexual Violence – 2009 12 22), CHAFEA – EUropean Refugees-HUman Movement and Advisory Network “EUR-HUMAN”, LDV project (LLP-LdV-TOI-2007-TR-008), DG MOVE programme “REHABIL-AID” (MOVE/C4/SUB/2011-294/SI2.628846/REHABIL-AID), DAPHNE III programme “COMMUN-AID” (JUST/2011-2012/DAP/AG/3272), “WOM-POWER” (JUST/2011-2012/DAP/AG/3008). She was nominated as the national representative in a COST action funded by the European commission (COST ACTION TU1101). She has co-authored a number of research papers in well-established peer-reviewed journals in Greece and abroad, primarily on primary health care, sexual health and intimate relationships and migrant health (see more in ISI/PubMed).