Prof. Carmel Cefai

Prof. Carmel Cefai

Prof. Carmel Cefai

 B.Ed.(Hons),M.Sc.(Stir.),M.Ed.(Wales),Ph.D.(.Lond.),Dip.Ed.G.&C.,C.Psychol,F.B.Ps.S.

Professor

Room 216
Old Humanities Building (OH)
University of Malta
Msida
  +356 2340 2345
Carmel Cefai PhD (Lond), FBPS, studied education at the University of Malta, health psychology at the University of Stirling (UK) and educational psychology at the University of Wales (UK). His PhD at the Institute of Education, University of London, focused on schools as contexts for the promotion of resilience. He is founding Director at the Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health, and Professor (and former Head) at the Department of Psychology, Faculty for Social Wellbeing at the University of Malta. He is Honorary Chair of the European Network for Social and Emotional Competence (ENSEC), joint founding editor of the International Journal of Emotional Education, and a member of the coordinating team of the European Commission Network of Experts on Social Aspects of Education and Training (NESET).
His research interests are focused on how to create healthy spaces which promote the resilience, wellbeing and psychological wellbeing of children and young people and mental health promotion in schools. He has led various local, national, European and international research projects in social and emotional learning, mental health in schools, and resilience and wellbeing in children and young people. These include ten EU funded projects (three as coordinator) and various national projects. He works in close collaboration with other partners in the area in various universities and agencies across the world. He has more than 100 publications, including peer reviewed journal papers, books, research reports and book chapters. One of these, RESCUR Surfing the Waves, A Resilience Curriculum for Early Years and Primary Schools (2015)has been translated in more than ten languages.
His recent publications may be found at www.um.edu.mt/cres/ourresearch/ourpublications/selectedstaffpublications
  • Resilience in education
  • Social and emotional learning
  • Mental health in schools
  • Mental health and wellbeing in children and adolescents
  • Latest publications: www.um.edu.mt/cres/ourresearch/ourpublications/selectedstaffpublications

CEFAI, C. and ASKELL-WILLIAMS, H., 2016 forthcoming. Initial teacher educaation in mental health promotion: the perspectives of Australian University teachers.   
  Netherlands: Sense Publishers. In: C. CEFAI and P. COOPER, eds, Promoting Mental Health in School. Cross cultural narratives and perspectives. Neterlands: Sense Publishers, .

CEFAI, C. and ASKELL-WILLIAMS, H., 2016 forthcoming. School staff’ perspectives on mental health promotion in Australian schools.
. In: C. CEFAI and P. COOPER, eds, Promoting Mental Health in School. Cross cultural narratives and perspectives. Netherlands: Sense Publishers, .

CEFAI, C. and COOPER, P., eds, 2016, forthcoming. Promoting Mental Health in Schools.Cross cultural narratives and perspectives.
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Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

CEFAI, C., DOWNES, P. and CAVIONI, V., 2016. Breaking the Cycle: A phenomenologicalapproach to broadening access to post secondary and tertiary education. European Journal of Psychology of Education, 31, pp. 255-274.

CEFAI, C. and GALEA, N., 2016. Children’s World: The subjective wellbeing of Maltese children. . Third Monograph of the Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health edn. Malta: Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health, University of Malta.

CEFAI, C. and LAGANA, L., eds, 2016,forthcoming. Psychology and the Arts. Perceptions and Perspectives.
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Malta: University of Malta Press.

DOWNES, P. and CEFAI, C., 2016. How To Tackle Bullying And Prevent School Violence In Europe. Strategies for inclusive and safe schools. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.

LAM, S., JIMERSON, S., SHIN, H., CEFAI, C. and ET AL., 2016. Cultural universality andspecificity of student engagement in school: The results of an international study from 12 countries. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 86, pp. 137-153.

SLEE, P., SKRZYPIEC, G., CEFAI, C. and FABRI, F., 2016 in press. Coping with Bullying, and Promoting Well-being and Positive Peer Relations. 
. In: P. STURMEY, ed, The Wiley Handbook of Violence and Aggression. NJ, USA: John Wiley & Sons Publishers, .

SLEE, P., SKRZYPIEC, G., CEFAI, C. and FABRI, F., 2016. Well-being and Positive Relations in Maltese Co-Ed Middle school settings. Final Report. Submitted to Ministry for Education and Employment, Malta. .

CEFAI, C., 2015. Social and Emotional Education in Malta.
 
              
. In: FUNDACION BOTIN, ed, Social and Emotional Education. An International Analysis. Fundacion Botin Report 2015. Santander, Spain: Fundacion Botin, pp. 59-102.

CEFAI, C. and CAMILLERI, L., 2015. A Healthy Start: Promoting mental health and             wellbeing in the early primary school years. Emotional and Behaviour Difficulties, 20(2), pp. 133-152.

CEFAI, C. and CAVIONI, V., 2015. Beyond PISA: Schools as contexts for the promotion of children's mental health and wellbeing. Contemporary School Psychology, 19(4), pp. 233-242.

CEFAI, C. and CAVIONI, V., 2015. Mental health promotion in school: an integrated, school-based, whole school approach.
. In: B. KIRCKALDY, ed, Promoting Psychological Wellbeing in Children and Families. London, UK; New York, USA; Sydney, Australia: Palgrave Macmillan., pp. 52-67.

CEFAI, C., CAVIONI, V., BARTOLO. P., SIMOES, C., RIDICKI MILJEVIC, R., BOUILLET, D. and ET AL., 2015. Social inclusion and social justice: a resilience curriculum for early years and elementary schools in Europe. Journal for Multicultural Education, 9(3), pp. 122-139.

CEFAI, C., MILJEVIĆ-RIĐIČKI, R., BOUILLET, D., PAVIN IVANEC, T., MATSOPOULOS, A., GAVOGIANNAKI, M., ZANETTI, M. and ET AL., 2015d. RESCUR Surfing The Waves. A Resilience Curriculum for Early Years and Primary Schools. Early Primary Years. . Malta: Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health, University of Malta.

ASKELL-WILLIAMS, H. and CEFAI, C., 2014. Australian and Maltese teachers' perspectives about their capabilities for mental health promotion in school settings.
            
. Teaching and Teacher Education, 40, pp. 1-12.

CEFAI, C. and CAVIONI, V., 2014. Social and Emotional Education in Primary School: Integrating Theory and Research into Practice.
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New York, USA: Springer Publications.

CEFAI, C., FERRARIO, E., CAVIONI, V., CARTER, A. and GRECH, T., 2014. Circle Time forSocial and Emotional Learning in Primary School.
 . Journal of Pastoral Care in Education, 32(2), pp. 116-130.

CEFAI, C., CLOUDER, C., ANTOGNAZZA, D., BOLAND, N., CAVIONI, V., HEYS, B., MADRAZO, C. and SOLBORG, C., 2014. From Pisa to Santander: A Statement on Children's Growth and Wellbeing.
 . International Journal of Emotional Education, 6(2), pp. 86-89.

CLARK, M. and CEFAI, C., 2014. School Careers and Delinquent Involvement: A retrospective investigation into the schooling experiences of habitual offenders.
 . Malta Review of Educational Research, 8(1), pp. 33-64.

LAM, S., JIMERSON, S., WONG, B., KIKAS, E., SHIN, H., VEIGA, F., HATZICHRISTOU, C., POLYCHRONI, F., CEFAI, C. and ET AL., 2014. Understanding and Measuring Student Engagement in School: The Results of an International Study from 12 Countries.
 . School Psychology Quarterly, 29(2), pp. 213-232.

ASKELL-WILLIAMS, H., CEFAI, C. and FABRI, F., 2013. Maltese students’ perspectives about their experiences at school and their mental health.
. Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, Special Issue Psycho-Educational Assessment, pp. 1-19.

ASKELL-WILLIAMS, H., CEFAI, C., SKRZYPIEC, G.K. and WYRA, M.D., 2013. Educational community stakeholders’ perspectives about school teachers’ responsibilitiesand capabilities for mental health promotion in Maltese schools.
. Malta Review of Educational Research, 7(1), pp. 27-51.

COOPER, P. and CEFAI, C., 2013. Understanding and Supporting Students with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties: A Practical Guide for Staff in Schools. First Monograph of theCentre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health, University of Malta edn. Malta: Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health, University of Malta.

CEFAI, C., 2012. Building Resilience in Children with Social, Emotional and Behaviour Difficulties
. In: T. COLE, H. DANIELS and J. VISSER, eds, The Routledge International Companion to Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties. London, UK: Routledge, .

CEFAI, C., COOPER, P. and VELLA, R., 2012. A whole school approach to positive behaviour in a girls secondary school.
. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 17(7), pp. 700-713.

LAM, S., JIMERSON, S., KIKAS, E., CEFAI C., VEIGA, F.H., NELSON, B., HATZICHRISTOU, C. and ET AL, 2012. Are Girls and Boys Equally Engaged in School around the World? The Results of an International Study across 12 Countries.
 . School Psychology International, 50, pp. 77-94.

CAMILLERI, L., CEFAI, C. and COOPER, P., 2011. Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties in Maltese Schools: A Multilevel Model.
 . Journal of Research in Educational Sciences, 1(3), pp. 3-15.

CEFAI, C., 2011. A framework for the promotion of social and emotional wellbeing in primary schools. International perspectives on mental health and wellbeing in education. Schute, R. edn. Adelaide, Australia: Shannon Research Press., pp. 17-28.

CEFAI, C. and CAMILLERI, L., 2011. Building Resilience in School Children. Risk and promotive factors amongst Maltese primary school children. Malta: Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health, University of Malta.

CEFAI, C. and COOPER, P., 2011. Nurture Groups in Maltese schools: Promotinginclusive education.
. British Journal of Special Education, 38(2), pp. 65-72.

CEFAI, C., 2010. The inclusive education of students with social, emotional and behaviour difficulies.
 . In: A. AZZOPARDI, ed, Making Sense of Inclusive Education.. Germany: VDM Verlag Dr Muller Publications., pp. 117-125.

CEFAI, C. and COOPER, P., 2010. Nurture Groups in Primary School. The Maltese Experience.. Germany: VDM Verlag Dr Muller Publications.

CEFAI, C. and COOPER, P., 2010. Students without voices: the unheard accounts of students with social, emotional and behaviour difficulties.
. European Journal of Special Needs Education, 25(2), pp. 183-198.

CEFAI, C., 2009. Frem elevens livsduelighed. 
. Danish edition, Lisbeth Hermann edn. Copenhagen, Denmark: Dansk Psykologisk Forlag.

CEFAI, C. and CAMILLERI, L., 2009. Healthy Students Healthy Lives. The Health of Maltese University Students. Malta: Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health, University of Malta.

CEFAI, C. and COOPER, P., 2009. Emotional Education: Connecting with students’thoughts and emotions.
. In: C. CEFAI and P. COOPER, eds, Promoting Emotional Education. Engaging Children and Young People with social, emotional and behaviour difficulties. London, UK.: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, pp. 15-24.

CEFAI, C. and COOPER, P., eds, 2009. Promoting Emotional Education. Engaging Children and Young People with social, emotional and behaviour difficulties. London, UK.: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

COOPER, P. and CEFAI, C., 2009. Contemporary values and social context: implicationsfor the emotional well-being of children.
              
. Journal of Emotional and Behaviour Difficulties, 14(2), pp. 91-100.

CEFAI, C., 2008. Promoting Resilience in the Classroom. A Guide to Developing Pupils’ Emotional and Cognitive Skills. London, UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

CEFAI, C., COOPER, P. and CAMILLERI, L., 2008. Engagement Time: A national study of students of students with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties in Maltese schools. Malta: Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health, University of Malta.

CEFAI, C., 2007. Resilience for all: a study of classrooms as protective contexts.
             
. Journal of Emotional and Behaviour Difficulties, 12(2), pp. 119-134.

CEFAI, C. and COOPER, P., 2006. Social, emotional and behaviour difficulties in Malta: An Educational Perspective.
             
. Journal of Maltese Education Research, 4(1), pp. 18-36.

CEFAI, C., 2004. Pupil Resilience in the Classroom: A Teachers’ Framework
. Journal of Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, (3), pp. 149-170.

  • PSY3160 - Respecting Diversity
  • PSY3605 - Practicum
  • PSY3631 - Symposia in Psychology
  • RSE2003 - Resilience, Positive Psychology and Wellbeing
  • RSE5001 - A Whole School Approach to Social and Emotional Learning
  • RSH3003 - Promoting Positive Behaviour in the Early Years
  • SWB1001 - Foundations of Social Wellbeing
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