Dimitrios Kokaridas is an assistant professor, teaching at the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science (DPESS), University of Thessaly, Greece. He is responsible for teaching and co-ordinating all undergraduate courses of adapted physical education since 2002 and the postgraduate course of "Psychology of Adapted Physical Activity" of the "European Master of Sport and Exercise Psychology" (EMSEP). He received his Bachelor degree at the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science (DPESS) of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1992), and the M.Ed. (1994) και Ph.D. degree (1997) in Special Education at the Victoria University of Manchester, UK. Dimitrios Kokaridas has extensive research activity in the field of exercise for people with disabilities with publications in refereed academic journals, congresses and conference proceedings. Furthermore, he is the author of four books and one chapter within book concerning adapted physical activity. His experience in the mental health field relates to clinical practice and research concerning individuals with psychiatric disorders since 2003.
Dimitrios Kokaridas is particularly interested in exercise for people with psychiatric disorders and other chronic conditions, therapeutic swimming and hydrotherapy, sport psychology of adapted physical activity and promoting inclusion of students with disabilities in typical classes.