Dr Marjorie Bonello

Dr Marjorie Bonello

Dr Marjorie Bonello



Room 11
Mater Dei Hospital
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Dr Marjorie Bonello is the Head of Department of Occupational Therapy within the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Malta. She is a registered Occupational Therapist. She obtained her M.Sc. in Occupational Therapy (Education in Practice) from the University of East London (1996) and in 2016 she was awarded her doctorate in Interprofessional Education (IPE) from the University of Brighton. Her main interests focus on interprofessional education theory, policy and practice, education in practice across the health professions, small state research and qualitative methodologies. She is also interested in the potential impact of national culture on innovation in health professional education especially in European small states and other nations.

Dr Bonello has been a part-time lecturer at the University of Malta since 1995 and became a resident academic in 2010. In addition to her headship duties, she is involved in various lecturing and supervisory commitments both within and outside her department. She also collaborates on a number of research initiatives and projects with other faculties. Dr Bonello is a member of the Faculty of Health Sciences Board and on the Faculty Research Ethics Committee. She also chairs the Board of Studies and the Board of Examiners for the Occupational Therapy programmes.

Prior to academia, Dr Bonello worked as an Occupational Therapist in a range of settings for a number of years during which she was instrumental in developing Occupational Therapy services for upper extremity rehabilitation. Dr Bonello has also worked in health policy within the Ministry of Health (1998-2010) and was responsible for various initiatives such as service audits, operational reviews, coordination of national policies, EU programme management, gender mainstreaming in health and dementia services development in Malta. During the tenure of this role, Dr Bonello sat on several National boards and committees and represented Malta at a number of international symposia.

Dr Bonello is registered with the Council for Professions Complementary to Medicine and her area of practice is upper extremity rehabilitation.
  • Interprofessional education theory, policy and practice
  • Promoting quality in clinical education
  • Qualitative methodologies
  • Impact of national culture on innovation in health professional education
  • Small states
  • Occupational Science

BONELLO, M., 2020. Sustainability in health professional education: A qualitative inquiry into interprofessional education , HANNES ET AL., ed. In: ECDQI 2020 Proceedings 2020, European Network Qualitative Inquiry, pp. 9.

BONELLO, M. & MORRIS, J., 2020. Institutionalizing interprofessional education in small states: perspectives from faculty and key stakeholders in Malta. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 34, pp. 36-43.

BONELLO, M., 2019. Developing Interprofessional Education in Malta: An exploratory case study. Malta Review of Educational Research, 12(2), pp. 154-171.

BONELLO, M. and MEEHAN, B., 2019. Transparency and Coherence in a Doctoral Study Case Analysis: Reflecting on the Use of NVivo within a “Framework” Approach. The Qualitative Report, 24(3), pp. 483-499.

BONELLO, M., MORRIS, J., and MUSCAT, N.A., 2018. The role of national culture in shaping health workforce collaboration: Lessons learned from a case study on attitudes to interprofessional education in Malta. Health Policy. Health Policy, 122(10), pp. 1063-1069.

BONELLO, M., WRIGHT, J., MORRIS, J., & SADLO, G., 2018. Bourdieu and interprofessional education: what’s the relevance? Studies in Continuing Education, 40(1), pp. 1-16.

  • HSC1003 - An Introduction to Research Methods in the Health Sciences
  • HSC3002 - Research Methods in the Health Sciences
  • HSC4061 - Clinical Education in Practice (Mentorship)
  • HSC5111 - Research Methods for Health Care Professionals
  • NUR5116 - Professional Issues in Mental Health Care
  • OCT1013 - Block Clinical Placement
  • OCT1014 - Practicum and Seminar
  • OCT2010 - Block Clinical Placement
  • OCT2014 - Practicum and Seminar 1
  • OCT2015 - Practicum and Seminar 2
  • OCT3014 - Block Clinical Placement
  • OCT3015 - Practicum and Seminar 1
  • OCT3016 - Practicum and Seminar 2
  • OCT3029 - Principles of Biomechanical Intervention in Upper Extremity Rehabilitation
  • OCT4010 - Block Clinical Placement
  • OCT4026 - Framing Practice through an Occupation-based Perspective
  • SOC5005 - Health Medicine and Society: An Introduction to Medical Sociology
State Registered Occupational Therapist
Member on the Board of the Faculty of Health Sciences
Member on the Faculty Research Ethics Committee (FREC)
Member of the Malta Association of Public Health Medicine
Chair on the Board of Studies and Board of Examiners (O.T. Department)

Peer reviewed articles for publishing in:
British Medical Journal Open (BMJ Open)
International Journal of Practice-Based Learning in Health and Social Care