Prof. Angela Abela

Prof. Angela Abela

Prof. Angela Abela

 B.A.,M.Sc.T.(Paris Nord),M.Psych.(Sorbonne),Ph.D.(Lond.)


Room 243
Old Humanities Building (OH)
University of Malta
  +356 2340 3601
Angela Abela is a professor at the Department of Family Studies, a clinical psychologist,a UKCP registered family therapist and a supervisor. She holds a PhD from the Tavistock Clinic and the University of London and a Masters degree in Clinical psychology from the Université de La Sorbonne Paris V. She played a pioneering role in the setting up of a Centre for Family Studies at the University of Malta which later became the Department of Family Studies. She was course proposer for both the Master in Family Studies as well as the Master in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice. Currently Angela chairs the National Centre for Family Research within the President's Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society.

Formerly teaching within the Department of Psychology, she was the first Director of Studies for the Master in Clinical, Counselling and Educational Psychology. She held the post of President of the Maltese Psychological Association for two consecutive tenures, and played a leading role in the setting up of the psychology profession in Malta. She also spearheaded the setting up of the Maltese Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice which is affiliated to the NFTO forum of the European Family Therapy Association. She is a former chairperson of the National Family Commission.

She supervises professionals working in public social agencies in the area of children and families and serves as a consultant in the area of children and families for government and the Standing Committees on Social Affairs and on Family Affairs in Parliament. On an international level, she has worked extensively as an expert of the Council of Europe in the area of children and families. She has published widely in the field of family studies and supervision and is an associate editor on Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry published by Sage. She is also an International Advisory Editor of Contemporary Family Therapy: An International Journal, a peer-reviewed journal published by Springer Science.
  • Families Living in Poverty with a Special Emphasis on Children
  • Parenting
  • Supervision
  • Marital Conflict and Violence in Families
  • Family and Couple Therapy
  • Children in out-of-home Care
  • Child and Family Psychology

Abela, A., & Walker, J. (ed) 2014, Contemporary issues in family studies: Global perspectives on partnerships, parenting and support in a changing world, Wiley Blackwell, Chichester, England.

Abela, A. 2013, "Divorce in Malta." in Cultural Sociology of Divorce: An Encyclopedia., ed. R.E. Emery, Sage, Thousand Oaks California.

Abela, A., Abdilla, N., Abela, C., Camilleri, J., Mercieca, D. & Mercieca, G. 2012, Children in out-of-home care in Malta: Key findings from a series of three studies commissioned by the Office of the Commissioner for Children, Office of the Commissioner for Children, Malta.

Abela, A., & Sammut Scerri, C. 2010, "Multiple relationships in supervision practice
" in Processes in systemic supervision, ed. C. Burck & G. Daniel, Karnac, London, pp. 289.

Abela, A. 2009, "The changing landscape of Maltese families" in Social transitions in Maltese society, ed. J. Cutajar & G. Cassar, Miller Publications, Malta.

Abela, A. 2009, "Relationship education for families in transition between different cultural value systems: A Maltese perspective" in What works in relationship education? Lessons from academics and service deliverers in the United States and Europe, ed. H. Benson & S. Callan, Doha International Institute for Family Studies and Development, Doha.

Abela, A. 2009, "Travailler en collaboration avec les enfants et les familles en risque d'exclusion sociale" in Familles et professionnels de l'action sociale, ed. C. Paisant, Chronique Sociale, Lyon.

Abela, A., & Tabone, C. 2008, "Processes of poverty and social exclusion" in Handbook of family poverty, ed. R. Crane & T. Heaton, Sage, New York.

Abela, A., & Berlioz, G. 2007, "Support for parenting children at risk of social exclusion
" in Parenting in contemporary Europe: A positive approach, ed. M. Daly, Editions du Conseil de l'Europe, Strasbourg.

Abela, A., Frosh, S., & Dowling, E. 2005, "Uncovering beliefs embedded in the culture and its implications for practice: The case of Maltese married couples", Journal of Family Therapy, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 3-23.

  • FSD5101 - Introduction to Family Therapy and Systemic Practice and Other Psychological Models
  • FSD5112 - Current Theoretical Debates in Family and Couple Therapy and Systemic Consultation

2006- present International Secretary of the Maltese Association of Family therapy and Systemic Practice
2000 - present Member of the European Federation of Family Therapy
1999 - present Member of the Societe Francaise de Psychologie (SPF)
1997 - present Member of the Association for Family Therapy (U.K.)
1996 - present Member of The British Psychological Society (BPS)
1990 – present Founder member of the Maltese Psychological Association