Dr.Maria-Irini Avgoulas is currently employed at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia and holds the role of Associate Lecturer/Deputy Course Advisor - BHSc: Public Health and Rehabilitation Majors in the School of Psychology and Public Health. Maria-Irini is also part of The Food for Life, Health and Performance Research Group and the Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation (RFA) at La Trobe University. An affiliate member of the Emerging Research Group on Language and Wellbeing at Deakin University. Dr Avgoulas is a Academic Member of ATINER - Athens Institute for Education and Research in Athens, Greece and a member of Polydromo Group, which is based in the Faculty of Education of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Maria-Irini's previous clinical experience includes several years of working in health (acute hospital settings and in-patient psychiatry). She was also employed for a number of years with Centrelink, an Australian Government statutory agency. Maria-Irini’s areas of research expertise are, culture and health; cultural psychology; psychology of religion and transcultural psychology. In 2011 Maria-Irini undertook a study examining the cultural understanding of health and adjustment to cardiovascular disease among the Greek elderly of Melbourne, Australia. This study was part of a PhD research project that Maria-Irini undertook at Deakin University examining health beliefs and practices in three generations of Greek Australian women in Melbourne. Maria-Irini Avgoulas' current research includes investigating Greek Dancing - as an aspect of cultural identity and wellbeing.