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  • Gregory Mavrides, Ph.D.
    Dr. Gregory Mavrides

    Gregory Mavrides is a native New Yorker who attended SUNY at Stony Brook for his B.A. degree in psychology and Columbia University for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in clinical social work with an additional six years of post-graduate training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. He has over 30 years of combined experience as an academician, clinician, and healthcare administrator. Currently, Dr. Mavrides is a professor in psychology and sociology at ALHOSN University in Abu Dhabi, UAE where he serves as the chair of the Social Sciences Department.

    Prof. Mavrides worked in mainland China from 2003 to 2010 and began writing what would later become the Foreign Teachers Guide to Living and Working in China back in 2006 in response to what he saw as both a ubiquitous exploitation of foreign English teachers and the absence of any information written about teaching English in China other than from those who had a personal or financial interest in the industry, e.g., recruiters, all-in-one cultural exchange programs, and school owners. In addition to writing the Foreign Teachers Guide, he is the author of several professional articles, symposia presentations, and APA PsycCRITIQUES book reviews.

    Consult with Dr. Mavrides via Skype

    If you are currently struggling with the decision to move to China or encountering adjustment or relationship problems, I am now available for private consultation via Skype. All registered members of Middle Kingdom Life receive a 50 percent discount off my regular private consultation fees. For more information, send a consultation request to and we will set up a mutually-convenient day and time.

  • Contact Information
  • ALHOSN University
    Delma Street, P.O. Box 38772
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
    Office: +9712-407-0574

    Email: drgreg at middlekingdomlife dot com

    g.mavrides at alhosnu dot ae

Warm Thanks to All Our Readers and Unsung Consultants

In addition, we would like to thank each and everyone of our readers and friends who have very generously provided us with extremely helpful and useful feedback over the years. Several units and many revisions in this guide are the direct result of your comments and we deeply appreciate all the interest and encouragement you have expressed since the guide was first published online.

If you are a current foreign teacher in China or a Chinese national working with foreign experts in China, we warmly invite you to become a member of the MKL team. For specific information about how to contribute a city guide, take a look at our suggested outline in Join The MKL Team.


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Middle Kingdom Life is the premier award-winning educational website for foreign teachers and Western expats in China. It was founded by an American professor in psychology and sociology for the purpose of disseminating valid and reliable information about living and teaching in China. The site's mission is to protect and enhance the interests and social welfare of foreign teachers and Western expats in China.

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