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 Child and 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 Master's 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 and the Master in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice.

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, 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 (MAFT-SP) which is affiliated with the European Family Therapy Association and is currently serving as its President. She is a former chairperson of the National Family Commission and currently is Deputy chairperson of the Committee for Positive Parenting and Strengthening of the Family.

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 for the Council of Europe in the area of children and families. She has published widely in the field of family studies and is a former associate editor of 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. In 2022, she received the European Family Therapy Association award in recognition of her excellence in the field of research in family therapy and systemic practice.
  • 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
  • FSC5501 - A Systemic and Family Understanding of Resilience
  • FSD1001 - Couple Relationships in a Changing Society
  • FSD5101 - Introduction to Family Therapy and Systemic Practice and Other Psychological Models
  • FSD5105 - Specialised Issues in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice
  • FSD5113 - Clinical Audit and Qualitative Research Methods for Family Therapists
  • FSD5330 - Theory of Systemic Supervision
  • FSD5331 - Supervision Practice
  • FSD5332 - Personal and Professional Development and Ethical Practice
  • IMS5024 - Religion and Society
  • PSY5608 - Research Methods
  • PSY5609 - Core Placement 1 Clinical Psychology - Children and Adolescents
  • PSY5659 - Development Psychopathology
  • SWB5005 - Systemic Approaches to Understanding Mental Wellbeing of Children

2020 to date President of the Maltese Association of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice

2006- 2019 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