Prof. Mary Anne Lauri

Prof. Mary Anne Lauri

Prof. Mary Anne Lauri

 B.A. (Hons)(Melit.),M.Sc.(Lond.),Ph.D.(Lond.),C.Psychol.


Room 230
Old Humanities Building (OH)
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2350
Mary Anne Lauri graduated from the University of Malta after reading for a first degree in Psychology and proceeded to read an M.Sc. in Social Psychology at the London School of Economics (LSE). She obtained a Ph.D. from the University of London under the supervision of Professor George Gaskell at the LSE. She joined the University of Malta as Assistant Lecturer in 1992. She was promoted to Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and later to Associate Professor. Between 2006 and 2016 she was Pro-Rector responsible for Students and Institutional Affairs.

Her research interest is the study of theoretical and empirical applications of social psychology to everyday societal issues such as religion, health and the media. One of the main theoretical frameworks she uses is the theory of Social Representations.

She has been appointed to serve on several national committees and boards such as the Editorial Board of Public Broadcasting Services, The National Bioethics Committee, The National Commission for the Family,The Maltese Psychologists Profession Board, the Adoptions Board and the Board of Ethics for the President's Foundation. She was also president of the Maltese Psychological Association between 2004 and 2008.
  • Social Representations
  • Organ Donation
  • Media Literacy
  • Media Education
  • Children and Social Media

Lauri, M.A. 2015, "Social change, social marketing and social representations." in The Cambridge Handbook of Social Representations, eds. G. Sammut, E. Andreouli, G. Gaskell & J. Valsiner, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 397.

Silverblatt, A., Borg, J. & Lauri, M.A. 2014 (in progress), Media Literacy. Keys to Interpret Media Messages (Digital International eBook), .

Lauri, M.A. 2013, "Employability of Graduates from the University of Malta" in Higher Education and the Labour Market. Perspectives from Maltese Graduates and Employers., ed. National Team of Bologna Experts, pp. 22-26.

Lauri, M.A. (ed) 2013, Organ Donation: An Interdisciplinary Approach., Nova Science, USA.

Borg, J. & Lauri, M.A. 2012, "The psycho-cultural infrastructure of the Maltese mediascape from the perspectives of McLuhan, Ong and Innes." in MacLuhan's Philosophy of Media. Centeneray Conference., eds. Y. Van den Eede, J. Bauwens, M. Beyl, M. Van den Bossche & K. Verstrynge, Universa Press, Wetteren, Belgium, pp. 69-76.

Cordina, M., Lauri, M.A. & Lauri, J. 2012, "Career paths and personality in Pharmacy .", International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, vol. 34, no. 6, pp. 876-884.

Lauri, M.A. 2012, "Doctors' Attitudes Towards Opting-Out and the Implication of this Legislation for a Small Island State" in Organ Donation and Transplantation - Public Policy and Clinical Perspectives, ed. G. Randhawa, InTech, , pp. 69-86.

Lauri, M.A. 2011, "Triangulation of data analysis techniques.", Papers on Social Representations, vol. 20, pp. 34.1-34.15.

Lauri, M.A. 2009, Metaphors of organ donation, social representations of the body and the opt-out system.

Lauri, M.A. 2008, "Changing public opinion towards organ donation. A social psychological approach to social marketing." in Public Opinion Research Focus, eds. L.O. Pietrieff & R.V. Miller, 2008th edn, Nova Science Publication, New York, pp. 9-36.

Lauri, M.A. 2006, "Attitudes towards organ donation in Malta in the last decade.", Malta Medical Journal, vol. Vol.18, no. No.4, pp. 25-29.

  • DBS2201 - Campaigning for Rights on an Equal Basis with Others
  • PSY1315 - Understanding Research in Psychology
  • PSY1606 - Social Psychology
  • PSY1612 - Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSY3611 - Media Psychology
  • PSY5111 - Researching Addictive Behaviour
  • PSY5700 - Research Methods
  • PSY5702 - Qualitative Research
  • PSY5705 - Quantitative Research
* Chartered member of the British Psychological Society.
* associate fellow of the British Psychological Society
* Member of the American Psychological Association.
* Member of the Maltese Chamber of Psychologists
* Warrant to practise the profession of teacher in Malta.
* Warrant of psychologist from the British Psychological Society.
* Warrant of psychologist from the Maltese Board of Psychologists.