Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over,
it became a butterfly.


Dr. Yiota Demetriou
Dr. Demetriou's passion, exuberance, love of life and contagious sense of humour are what made her a truly unique individual who left a lasting impression on anyone whose path she crossed.

She was nicknamed the Dancing Queen because of her- free -spirited, fun-loving nature and for standing out on any dance floor in any crowd!

The Foundation's main aim is to carry out Dr. Yiota's vision of contribution and service .


Yiota was born on the 24th March 1978 in Leicester, England and was the first child of Greek Cypriot parents. Her family moved to Cyprus in 1987 where she attended primary school at the St Mary's in Limassol and continued her secondary education at the American Academy (Private) Limassol, graduating in 1996.

After graduation, Dr. Demetriou completed a Media course at Intercollege in Cyprus, before successfully completing her bachelor's degree in English Literature and Media in Brighton at Sussex University. However, not feeling fully content with her career path, she decided to re-align herself with her deeper calling which was inspired by her love for children. This decision propelled Dr. Demetriou to set her sights higher and aim for a doctorate degree in Clinical Child Psychology at Pace University in New York.

Eleven years later her colourful academic journey was finally coming to fruition. After working on her PhD dissertation for two years, while simultaneously juggling a full-time job at Brookdale Medical Hospital in Brooklyn, she was able to finally complete it, on the 15th of November 2008. She was due to submit her work the following day and was only a breath away from officially becoming a doctor at the time of her unexpected, tragic death.

Sadly, in the early hours of November 16th she crossed paths with a reckless, drunk driver, who sped through a red traffic light, crashing his vehicle into the taxi which had been driving her home. Subsequently, Yiota's life was tragically, untimely and unfairly taken.
In an emotional presentation, her dissertation findings were defended by her classmates, after which she was pronounced 'Doctor (Psy.D) Yiota Demetriou' by her professors on the 5th December 2008.


Dec, 2008
PHD in Child Psychology – Pace University, New York
Apr, 2008
EMDRIA Approved Basic EMDR Training
May, 2007
Graduate At Pace University
Jul, 2006
June 30 2006 - Intern in Psychology
Jan, 2006
Master of Science in Education – Pace University, New York
Oct, 2003
Certificate in Child Abuse
Jul, 2003
Practical Front Line and Support for Healing intensive training program

Dec, 2001
New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Projects Hotline Training

Jul, 2000
BA English Literature and Media (Sussex University, UK)
Jun, 2000
Cambridge/RSA Certificate in English Language Training to Adults

Jun, 1996
Graduate of American Academy Limassol (Private) Limassol