Dr. Agorastos received his medical diploma (M.D.) from the University of Vienna in 2006 and subsequently joined the Department of Psychiatry in the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf as a psychiatric resident. Dr. Agorastos completed his clinical residency training and additional CBT psychotherapy training and received his board approval in Nov 2011. Concurrently, he also completed his doctorate in psychiatry with the doctoral thesis “Evaluation of Addiction Cervices in Cyprus, as part of a European Twinning Project in cooperation with the Center of Interdisciplinary Addiction Research (ZIS).
He then joined the PTSD research group of the Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health at the University of California, San Diego (USCD), La Jolla, USA, as a postdoctoral research fellow. Subsequently, Dr. Agorastos re-joined the Department of Psychiatry in the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf as attending psychiatrist and postdoctoral research fellow of the Biological Psychiatry Lab, while remaining an adjunct research associate at UCSD.
In 2015, Dr. Agorastos submitted his professorial thesis (Habilitation) focusing on heart rate variability in health and stress-related diseases and was appointed Associate Professor for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy in the University of Hamburg. He was then appointed Senior Physician and Head of the Psychiatric Outpatient Services Unit in the University Department of Psychiatry. Subsequently, he also received a Master’s Degree in Affective Neuroscience by the Universities of Maastricht and Florence.
Fields of clinical expertise include stress- and trauma-related disorders, anxiety disorders, OCD and depression, while his current research focus centers in stress neurobiology.
Dr. Agorastos has received a large number of sholarships, grants, awards and honors, is active member of several international professional societies and has published numerous scientific articles in high-rank scientific journals.
In 2017, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Senior Physican at the II. University Department of Psychiatry in the Psychiatric Hospital of Thessaloniki.
Since 2017, Dr. Agorastos also serves as licensed Psychiatrist-Psychotherapist in his private practise in Thessaloniki, Greece, as well as on a voluntary basis through Médecins du Monde.