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Rev. Prof. Paul Galea
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Rev. Prof. Paul Galea

Rev. Prof. Paul Galea


Associate Professor
Pastoral Theology, Liturgy & Canon Law
Faculty of Theology
Room 201
Humanities A (Laws,Theology,Criminology)
University of Malta
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Following his Master’s degree in Pastoral Theology (1979), Paul Galea continued his studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy, from where he obtained the Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (1981) and a Licentiate in Psychology (1982) with a thesis: “Treating Husband and Wife: Analysis of Contemporary Approaches in Marital Therapy.” In 1992 he started a Ph.D. degree in Pastoral Counseling at Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. This was accompanied by a two year internship at the Towson State University Counseling Center in Baltimore, Maryland and one year as trainee at the Sexual Behavior Consultation Unit in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. USA. In 1996 he graduated with a dissertation: Development and Validation of the Commitment to Partnership Scale: Applying Psychological Constructs to Pastoral Issues in Marriage”. Since 1996 he has been Senior Lecturer in Pastoral Counseling, in the Faculty of Theology, University of Malta and a Lecturer in Psychology in the Department of Psychology. He has been Head of Department of Pastoral Theology since 2000, and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Theology. Member of the University Senate 2001-2011.

Research Interests & Publications

Research Interests

  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Research
  • Psychology of Religion

Selected Publications

Baldacchino, D.R, & Galea, P. 2012, "Student Nurses' Personality Traits and the Nursing Profession: Part 1", British Journal of Nursing, vol. 21, no. 7, pp. 419-425.

Baldacchino, D.R, & Galea, P. 2012, "Student Nurses' Personality Traits and the Nursing Profession: Part 2", British Journal of Nursing, vol. 21, no. 9, pp. 530-535.

Galea, P. 2012, "Cohabitation, Single Parenting, Extended-Family Parenting,and the Role of Kinship and Religion", International Journal of the Jurisprudence of the Family, vol. 2, pp. 163.

Galea, P. 2012, "Discriminating Personality Traits Related to Religious Experience by Means of the NEO PI-R Personality Inventory", Religious Experience: North and South. Gothoni, R. Ed, pp. 51.

Galea, P. 2012, "Narcisismo e Pedofilia nella Chiesa: esiste un nesso?
", L' Io, L'Altro, Dio, Religiosita` e Narcisismo
Atti del XII Convegno SIPR (Societa` Italiana di Psicologia della Religione)
, pp. 133 - 145.

Aletti, M. & Galea, P. 2011, Preti Pedofili? La questione degli abusi sessuali nella Chiesa, L'etica e i giorni edn, Cittadella Editrice, Assisi.

Galea, P., Magro, E. & Azzopardi, W. 2011, "Verleiten Fantasy-Bücher zum Okkulten? Die Herausforderung
von Harry Potter und Der Herr der Ringe
Eine empirisch-religionspsychologische Studie", Wege Zur Menschen, vol. 63, no. 1, Januar/Februar, pp. 36-51.

Galea, P. 2010, "Identifying personality features related to religious vocation", Archive for the Psychology of Religion, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 169-177.

Galea, P. 2009, "The religious attitudes and practices of Maltese University students: analysis and commentary" in Religious beliefs and attitudes of Maltese University Students, revisited, eds. J. Bartolo, A. Buhagiar, J.P. DeLucca, et al, University of Malta Chaplaincy, Malta, pp. 15-32.

Galea, P. 2007, "
Readiness for Commitment: Applying Psychological Constructs to Pastoral Issues in Marriage ", The Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling, vol. 61, no. 3, Fall, pp. 205-213.


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