Teaching and Visiting Staff

University of Malta - Project Coordinator

Prof Carmel Cefai, PhD

Director of the Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health, and Professor at the Department of Psychology, University of Malta. He has led various national, European and international projects in resilience and social and emotional education in schools, He is a member of the coordinating team of the European Commission Network of the Social Dimension in Education (NESET) and leading author of numerous books, journal papers, reports and book chapters on resilience, mental health in school, and social and emotional learning.

University of Malta

Prof Paul Bartolo, PhD

Professor at the Department of Psychology, where he is coordinator of the Master training programme of psychologists. Coordinated national and European projects in inclusive education and was one of authors of the report Inclusive Early Childhood Education by the EU SEN Agency. He has successfully coordinated a 3-year EU Project on Responding to Student Diversity.

University of Crete, Greece

Prof Anastassios, Matsopoulos, PhD

Associate Professor of School Psychology and a bilingual permanently certified school psychologist in the US, Greece and Cyprus. He has considerable teaching, clinical and research experience in the US and Europe in the areas of mental health, resilience and prevention programmes in schools. He has been involved in various EU and international projects in resilience education, well-being, teacher consultation, parent education and family resilience. Dr. Matsopoulos has numerous publications in resilience and socio-emotional health, he is the Acting President of the Hellenic Association of School Psychology (HASP) and currently he is faculty at the University of Crete in Greece.

University of Crete, Greece

Prof Sofia Triliva, PHD

Sofia Triliva is a Professor at the University of Crete, Department of Psychology. Her research and publications have focused on the development and application of programming that bolsters the social and emotional competencies of youth and their communities. Along with esteemed colleagues, she has created, evaluated, and published both the empirical validation as well as the intervention protocols of seven handbooks of prevention and mental health promotion. They have been applied widely in schools, prevention centers, and
communities in Greece and Cyprus.

University of Lisbon, Portugal

Prof Celeste Simoes, PhD

Associate Professor in special education and rehabilitation at the Faculty of Human Kinetics. She lectures in Special Education, Human Development, Health Psychology and Health Education, and Research Methods. Lead Portuguese researcher on the Comenius LLP (RESCUR, 2013-2015) and the Erasmus + (ENRETE, 2016-2018). Former chair of the European Network for Social and Emotional Competences.

University of Lisbon, Portugal

Prof Paola Lebre, PhD

Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Human Kinetics, Lisbon University. Coordinator of the Erasmus Mobility for Psychomotor Rehabilitation students and International Summer School on Psychomotor Rehabilitation. Deputy coordinator of the Master in Resilience in Education in Portugal.

University of Lisbon, Portugal


Assistant Professor at the Institute of Education, University of Lisbon, Portugal, for the research
and teaching fields of Curriculum and Teacher Education. She holds a Ph.D. in Didactics,
specialising in Teacher Education. Areas of interest include linguistic and cultural diversity in
education, particularly multilingual and intercultural practices schools, and teacher professional

University of Lisbon, Portugal


Assistant Professor at the Institute of Education, University of Lisbon, Portugal, for the research and teaching fields of Psychology and Teacher Education. She has a degree in Educational Psychology and a PhD in Education. Areas of interest include students learning, social and emotional competences and teacher’s education.

Stefan cel Mare University, Romania

Prof Aurora Adina Colomeischi, PhD

Professor at Faculty of Educational Sciences with 20 years’ experience as a teacher, counsellor, teacher educator and researcher. Her teaching areas include emotional education, psycho-pedagogical counselling, giftedness education, and teacher education. She coordinates a Master program for teachers in counselling and emotional education.

University of Dalhousie, Canada

Prof Michael Ungar, PhD

Founding Director of the Resilience Research Centre and Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience. Consults and trains with the World Bank, UNESCO, and the Red Cross. Author of 15 books translated into 5 languages, numerous manuals for parents, educators, and employers and more than 180 papers and book chapters.

University of Pretoria, South Africa

Prof Linda Theron, PhD

Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology. Her clinical and research interest is in child and adolescent resilience, with a focus on how situational and cultural contexts nuance the multisystemic resources for the resilience of young people from disadvantaged communities. Has authored 100+ peer-reviewed publications in the area.

Orebro University, Sweden

Prof Sevgi Bayram – Ozdemir, PhD

Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology. Research and teaching focus on understanding the roles of family and school in the development of inter-ethnic relationships among youth, and identifying risk and protective factors within family, peer, and school settings for youth from marginalised backgrounds. Member of the executive council of the European Association for Developmental Psychology

University of Sao Paolo, Brazil

Prof Marilene Proença Rebello De Souza, Phd

Director of the Institute of Psychology. Conducting postgraduate in the Graduate Program in School Psychology and Human Development. Coordinates the Interinstitutional Lab for Studies and Research in School Psychology and leader of the CNPq Research Group Psychology and Schooling.

University of Sao Paolo, Brazil


Professor at the Institute of Psychology at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, coordinating postgraduate programmes in School and Human Development Psychology and Education and Clinical Psychology. Researching social and emotional learning and resilience in education. Coordinator of the Laboratory for Research and Prevention in Education and Health (LaPPES)

European School Psychology Training Centre

Dr. Olanda Momcilovic, PhD

Co-director and registered trainer of teachers and schools in crisis management and trauma in schools at the European School Psychology Training Centre. Specialised in supporting refugees deal with trauma, grief and building up resilience, and children with behaviour and learning disability. Chair of the International Crisis Response Network.

European School Psychology Training Centre

Dr. Jan-Erik Schmidt, Phd

Registered trainer of teachers and schools in crisis prevention and intervention, and teacher health and wellbeing at the European School Psychology Training Centre, and coordinator of the local crisis-intervention-at the International School Psychology Association ISPA.

Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, Switzerland

Prof Wassilis Kassis, Phd

Professor at Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz FHNW and leading researcher on resilience, with a particular focus on longitudinal approaches to resilience processes and resilience outcomes of adolescent students. Researching academic, personal, emotional, and social resilience in young people from adverse environments.

University of Rijeka, Croatia


Darko Roviš, Phd, is Head of the Department of the Mental Health Promotion and Protection at the Teaching Institute for Public Health of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, and Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Medicine and Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, and the Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health Studies, University of Rijeka, Croatia