Dr Katya De Giovanni

Dr Katya De Giovanni

Dr Katya De Giovanni


Senior Lecturer

Faculty for Social Wellbeing
Room 240, Old Humanities Building
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2685
Dr De Giovanni graduated with an honours degree in psychology at the University of Malta in 1997 attaining the shield for best dissertation. She then followed a PGCE in Primary Education specializing in inclusion in 1998 following which she commenced her career at Fra Diego Bonanno Girls’ Secondary School, Marsa. In 2000, she joined the Programme for Teaching and Learning in Diversity at the University of Malta and trained as a Let Me Learn Trainer and Consultant both in Malta and at Rowan University, USA.
Dr De Giovanni is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and Scientist having read for an MSc in Occupational Psychology between 2001 and 2003. She also holds an Associate Fellowship from the British Psychological Society as well as a PhD focusing on school to work transitions from the University of Nottingham. Dr De Giovanni also served as consultant for the European Commission and for the Council of Europe involving VET and Quality Assurance in Educational Settings in Malta having held the posts of Lecturer, Deputy Director and Director at MCAST between 2002 and 2012.
Dr De Giovanni is currently a member on the Board for the Treatment of Sex Offenders, member on the Malta Psychology Profession Board, member on the Multidisciplinary Board, Technical Member on the Senior Appointments Advisory Committee for the Office of the Prime Minister and also Chairperson of the Board of the Authority for Social Care Standards. Dr De Giovanni also currently holds a visiting professorship position in Organisational Psychology at the University of Padova. She is also heavily involved in the work of the University of Malta Cottonera Resource Centre where she served as Director in 2017/2018.
  • Transitions from Compulsory to Further Education and/or Work
  • Change Management and Leadership
  • Aviation Psychology
  • Life-Career Development
  • Work-Family Balance
  • Childcare

De Giovanni, K. 2016, "Childhood" in Sociology of the Maltese Islands, ed. M. Briguglio and M. Brown, Agenda Publishers, Malta.

DeGiovanni, K. 2016, "Preparing our Students to Leap: Learning from the experiences of Maltese female adolescents in their transition to Further Education.", 6th Ethnography and Qualitative Research Conference .

Abela, A., Farrugia, R., Vella, A. & DeGiovanni, K. 2015, "Familialistic countries need a family-inclusive service when caring for the mentally ill; the case of Malta. 

 ", Families, Relationships and Societies., vol. July.

Cauchi, C. & DeGiovanni, K. 2015, "The Influence of Personality Traits on the Wellbeing of University Students: A Quantitative Study. 
 ", Malta Journal of Health Sciences., vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 55.

Spiteri, D. & DeGiovanni, K. 2011, "The Life-Course Transitions of Young Women in a Maltese Context", The International Journal of Emotional Education, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 70.

DeGiovanni, K. & Spiteri, D. (2010) 2010, "The Transition from Secondary School to Vocational Education and Training" in Innovative Apprenticeships: Promoting Successful School-to-Work Transitions., eds. F. Rauner, E. Smith, U. Hauschildt & H. Zelloth, 2nd Edition edn, INAP and LIT Publishing, Berlin.

DeGiovanni, K. 2007, "Il sistema di istruzione e formazione professionale iniziale a Malta (IVET): una panoramica. ", Rassegna CNOSS, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 21.

Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
Member of the Malta Chamber of Psychologists
Member of the European Association for Aviation Psychology