Prof. Josianne Scerri

Prof. Josianne Scerri

Prof. Josianne Scerri


Associate Professor

Room 51
Block A, Level 1
Mater Dei Hospital
  +356 2340 1175
Professor Josianne Scerri completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Malta, graduating with First class honours. She continued her postgraduate studies obtaining a Master's in Education, and then read for her Doctorate at the School of Psychology, University of Nottingham. Her Doctoral research was a prospective study examining the illness perceptions and emotional adjustment of patients with chronic illnesses and their carers.

At present Josianne is Head, Department of Mental Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malta. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at Kingston University and St George's University of London. Josianne is also an Associate member of the Person-centred Practice Research International Community of Practice and a member of the European Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Research in Continuing Professional Development. She presently is also a member of the University Research and Ethics committee and an Associate Editor of the Malta Journal of Health Sciences. As a keynote speaker at both local and international conferences, she has addressed issues relating to the experiences of patients and carers, as well as means of empowerment with health professionals, patients, carers and the academic community.

In addition to her regular lecturing load and the conducting of her own research, she supervises students undertaking dissertations from undergraduate to doctoral level.
  • lived experiences of patients and carers
  • adjustment in chronically ill patients and carers
  • adherence issues
  • patient and carer empowerment
  • interventions with chronically ill patients and carers
  • linguistic components in patient and carer narratives
  • Person-centred care

BANKS, D., SCERRI, J. and DAVIDSON, J., 2021. Fundamentals of Person-Centred Healthcare Practice. In: B. MCCORMACK, T. MCCANCE, C. BULLEY, D. BROWN, A. MCMILLAN and S. MARTIN, eds, Wiley, .

SCERRI, J., SAMMUT, A., CILIA VINCENTI, S., GRECH, P., GALEA, M., SCERRI, C., CALLEJA BITAR, D. and DIMECH SANT, S., 2021. Reaching out for Help: Calls to A Mental Health Helpline Prior to and during the COVID-19 Pandemic. . International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18, pp. 4505-

SCERRI, J., CHURCHILL, J., BANKS, D. and SULTANA, J., 2021. Advocating a person-centered care approach to drug safety. Expert Opinion on Drug Safety, 20(3), pp. 255-258.

GRECH, P., SCERRI, J., CILIA VINCENTI, S., SAMMUT, A., GALEA, M., CALLEJA BITAR, D. and DIMECH SANT, S., 2020. Service Users’ Perception of the Therapeutic Milieu in a Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, , pp. 1-8.

BIANCO, J.P., SCIRIHA, A., LUNGARO-MIFSUD, S., AGIUS, T., SCERRI, J. and MONTEFORT, S., 2019. Pulmonary rehabilitation for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: effects of a high versus low intensity programme. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 12, pp. 1-13.

SCERRI, J., SALIBA, T., SALIBA, G., SCERRI, C.A. and CAMILLERI, L., 2019. Illness perceptions, depression and anxiety in informal carers of persons with depression: a cross-sectional survey. Quality of Life Research, 28(2), pp. 451-460.

SCIRIHA, A., LUNGARO-MIFSUD, S., FSADNI, P., SCERRI, J. and MONTEFORT, S., 2019. Pulmonary Rehabilitation in patients with Interstitial Lung Disease: The effects of a 12-week programme. Respiratory Medicine, 146, pp. 49-56.

CHIRCOP, D. and SCERRI, J., 2018. The use of Metaphors in the narratives of patients with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. . Journal of Advanced Nursing, 74, pp. 2622-2629.

CHIRCOP, D. and SCERRI, J., 2018. The lived experience of patients with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma undergoing chemotherapy. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 35, pp. 117-121.

FERGUSON, E., DORNER, L., FRANCE, C.R., FRANCE, J.L., MASSER, B., LAM, M., MARTA, E., ALFIERI, S., MERZ, E. and ADAMS, B., 2018. Blood donor behaviour, motivations and the need for a systematic cross‐cultural perspective: the example of moral outrage and health‐and non‐health‐based philanthropy across seven countries. ISBT Science Series, 13(4), pp. 375-383.

GRECH, A., DEPARES, J. and SCERRI, J., 2018. Being on the Frontline: Nurses' Experiences Providing End-of-Life Care to Adults With Hematologic Malignancies. Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing, 20(3),.

CAMILLERI, I., WARD, M. and SCERRI, J., 2017. Existing But Not Living: Experiences of Long-Term Caregivers of Individuals With Unipolar Depression. Journal of psychosocial nursing and mental health services, 55(12), pp. 16-21.

CHIRCOP, D. and SCERRI, J., 2017. Being diagnosed with cancer: The experiences of patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 26(23-24), pp. 4899-4904.

CHIRCOP, D. and SCERRI, J., 2017. Coping with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma: a qualitative study of patient perceptions and supportive care needs whilst undergoing chemotherapy. Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer, 25(8), pp. 2429-2435.

DEBONO, C., BORG XUEREB, R., SCERRI, J. and CAMILLERI, L., 2017. Intimate partner violence: psychological and verbal abuse during pregnancy. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 26(15-16), pp. 2426-2438.

SAMMUT, J., XUEREB, R.B. and SCERRI, J., 2017. The Experience of Living With an Ileoanal Pouch: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Gastroenterology nursing : the official journal of the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, 40(5), pp. 401-409.

SAMMUT, J., XUEREB, R.B. and SCERRI, J., 2017. Patient information needs before and after ileo-anal pouch surgery. Gastrointestinal Nursing, 15(6), pp. 26-33.

SCIBERRAS, A. and SCERRI, J., 2017. Facilitators and barriers to treatment with haemodialysis among persons in mid-adulthood: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 31(4), pp. 695-701.

SCIRIHA, A., LUNGARO-MIFSUD, S., SCERRI, J., MAGRO, R., CAMILLERI, L. and MONTEFORT, S., 2017. Health status of COPD patients undergoing pulmonary rehabilitation: A comparative responsiveness of the CAT and SGRQ. Chronic respiratory disease, 14(4), pp. 352-359.

SCIRIHA, A., LUNGARO-MIFSUD, S., BONELLO, A., AGIUS, T., SCERRI, J., ELLUL, B., FENECH, A., CAMILLERI, L. and MONTEFORT, S., 2017. Systemic inflammation in COPD is not influenced by pulmonary rehabilitation. European Journal of Physiotherapy, 19(4), pp. 194-200.

SAMMUT, J., SCERRI, J. and XUEREB, R.B., 2015. The lived experience of adults with ulcerative colitis. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 24(17-18), pp. 2659-2667.

SCIRIHA, A., LUNGARO-MIFSUD, S., SCERRI, J., BILOCCA, D., FSADNI, C., FSADNI, P., GERADA, E., GOUDER, C., CAMILLERI, L. and MONTEFORT, S., 2015. Pulmonary rehabilitation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Outcomes in a 12 week programme. European Journal of Physiotherapy, 17(4), pp. 215-223.

FENECH, M. and SCERRI, J., 2014. The impact of providing care to relatives with a severe mental illness : the caregivers’ experience. Malta Journal of Health Sciences.


SCERRI, J. and CASSAR, R., 2013. Qualitative study on the placement of Huntington disease patients in a psychiatric hospital: perceptions of Maltese nurses. Nursing & health sciences, 15(4), pp. 444-448.

SCERRI, J., FERGUSON, E. and SCERRI, C.A., 2007.  
Health perceptions and adherence to diet. Journal of the Malta College of Pharmacy Practice, 13, 33-6.

  • FEH1008 - Psychology, Food Issues and Perceptions
  • HSC2001 - Critical Thinking in Ethical Applications for Bioscientists
  • HSC5111 - Research Methods for Health Care Professionals
  • HSC5123 - Critical/Creative Thinking in Ethical Applications to Health Care
  • IHC3005 - Research Methods in Health Care
  • MNH1003 - Research Methods for Mental Health Studies
  • MNH1004 - Fundamentals of Neuroscience in Mental Health Care
  • NUR1303 - The Nervous System for Mental Health Care
  • NUR1312 - Foundations in Integrated Science for Mental Health Nurses
  • NUR3198 - Individualised Nursing Care 2
  • NUR5116 - Professional Issues in Mental Health Care
  • NUR5118 - Advanced Therapeutic Interaction in Mental Health Care
  • OCT3102 - Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Disability
Research Work
-International study involving academics from the UK (University of Nottingham), Hungary, USA
(Ohio University), Australia (Queensland & Melbourne University), Italy (Catholic University
Milan), Holland (Sanquin), Mexico (Circula vida), Canada (McGill) and University of Malta
(represented by myself). The Lead Researcher is Professor Eamonn Ferguson from the University
of Nottingham. The study is a cross-cultural comparison involving the examination of framing
payments as gifts or earnings and the impact on the perceptions of individuals about the
transaction. This will be done using 4 hypothetical charity games scenarios and the
completion of 3 questionnaires. Data analysis involving Tobit and Negative Binomial models
has now commenced.

-International study with the lead researcher being Prof. Mary Chambers (Kingston University
& St George’s), the University of Malta (represented by Dr Alexei Sammut and myself) and
other partners. This study will involve the validation and Implementation of the Therapeutic
Engagement Questionnaire (TEQ tool) with staff and service users. We are currently working on
obtaining ethics approval to commence the validation process.

-Awarded RIDT funding to conduct a physical and psychosocial intervention with persons
diagnosed with cancer.

Invited Contributor to Conference proceedings Publication
-Scerri, C.A., & Scerri, J. (2007) The evolving role of patients support organizations- AOECS
experience, International Coeliac Disease Meeting Proceedings Maribor, p 119-123.

-External Reviewer for the Report ‘Europeans of retirement age: chronic diseases and economic
activity’ prepared by The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment
(RIVM) in 2012 in response to a call by the European Commission (DG SANCO, Directorate
General Health and Consumers). Specific contract – No SC 2011 62 51, implementing Framework
Contract No EAHC/2010/Health/01 (Lot 1). The report and list of reviewers can be viewed on:
• Associate Editor of the Malta Journal of Health Sciences
• Reviewer for the British Journal of Health Psychology, Journal of Mental Health and
Malta Journal of Health Sciences