Dr Clarissa Sammut Scerri is a warranted Counselling psychologist, a registered Family therapist, and a Systemic supervisor. She is the Head of Department within the Department of Family Studies at the University of Malta. She is also the MPsy coordinator for the training of Counselling Psychologists. Her research area of interest include: â€¢ the impact of domestic violence on children and other family members; â€¢ the study of parenting in adversity and â€¢ adoption and fostering issues.
Her PhD research entitled â€œLiving with contradictions of love and abuse: a grounded theory of women's understanding of their experiences of domestic violenceâ€ sought to illuminate and further the understanding of the complexity of living in a family where there is violence. She has presented her research at various local and international conferences. One of her papers: â€œEthical dilemmas of a clinician/researcher interviewing women about their childhood experiences of witnessing domestic violenceâ€, has been shortlisted for the Corinna Seith Award by the WAVE Network, Women Against Violence.
Dr Sammut Scerri has served on a number of national boards including a member on the Advisory Board for Children and Young Persons under a care order, the Fostering Appeals Board and the Adoption Appeals Board. She is currently the University representative on the Malta Psychology Profession Board. She is also the Vice President of the Maltese Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice.
The study of attachment and trauma-related issues in families