Carmel Cefai

Carmel Cefai



University of Malta, Malta

Geographical scope of expertise

  • Australia
  • Malta
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • EU-28

Areas of expertise

  • Content of education and training curricula, development of key competences
  • Vulnerable groups in education and training
  • Disability/special needs, inclusive education
  • Education and migration
  • Early school leaving
  • Widening participation in higher education
  • Parental involvement and family support
  • Education and training of professional workforce
  • Cross-sectoral working

Levels of education

  • Pre-school education
  • Primary/basic/compulsory education
  • Secondary education (general)
  • Higher education

Selected publications

  • Cefai, C. & Cooper, P. (Editors) (in press, 2017) Mental health promotion in schools: Cross cultural narratives and perspectives. Netherlands: Sense Publications
    Downes, P. & Cefai, C. (2016) How to Tackle Bullying and Prevent School Violence in Europe: Strategies for Inclusive and Safe Schools  NESET II – AR2. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union
  • Cefai, C. & Galea, N. (2016) Children’s Worlds. The subjective wellbeing of Maltese children. Third Monograph of the Centre for Resilience & Socio-Emotional Health, University of Malta.
    Cefai, C., Downes, P. & Cavioni, V. (2016) Breaking the Cycle: A phenomenological approach to broadening access to post secondary and tertiary education. European Journal of Psychology of Education, 31, 255-274.
  • Cefai, C., Cavioni, V., Bartolo. P., Simoes, C., Ridicki Miljevic, R., Bouillet, D., et al. (2015) Social inclusion and social justice: a resilience curriculum for early years and elementary schools in Europe. Journal for Multicultural Education, 9(3) 122-139.
  • Cefai, C. & Cavioni, V. (2015) Beyond PISA: Schools as contexts for the promotion of children’s mental health and wellbeing. Contemporary School Psychology, 19 (4), 233-242.
  • Cefai, C. & Camilleri, L. (2015) A Healthy Start: Promoting mental health and wellbeing in the early primary school years. Emotional and Behaviour Difficulties, 20 (2),133-152. DOI: 10.1080/13632752.2014.915493
  • Cefai, C., Miljević-Riđički, R., Bouillet, D., Pavin Ivanec, T., Milanovic, M., Matsopoulos, A., Gavogiannaki, M., Zanetti, M.A., Cavioni, V., Bartolo, P., Galea, K., Simoes, C., Lebre, P., Caetano Santos, A., Kimber, B. & Eriksson, C. (2015a) RESCUR Surfing The Waves. A Resilience Curriculum for Early Years and Primary Schools. A Teachers Guide. Malta: Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health, University of Malta.
  • Lam, S., Jimerson, S., Shin, H., Cefai, C. et al. (2015) Cultural universality and specificity of student engagement in school: The results of an international study from 12 countries. British Journal of Educational Psychology. DOI:10.1111/bjep.12079
  • Cefai, C. & Cavioni, V. (2014) Social and Emotional Education in Primary School: Integrating Theory and Research into Practice. NY, USA: Springer Publications.
  • Cefai,C., Clouder,C., Antognazza,D., Boland, N., Cavioni,V., Heys,B., Madrazo,C. &  Solborg, C. (2014) From Pisa to Santander: A Statement on Children’s Growth and Wellbeing. International Journal of Emotional Education, 6(2),86-89.
  • Cefai, C., Ferrario, E., Cavioni, V., Carter, A. & Grech, T. (2014) Circle Time for Social and Emotional Learning in Primary School. Journal of Pastoral Care in Education, 32 (2), 116-130. DOI: 10.1080/02643944.2013.861506.
  • Askell-Williams, H., & Cefai, C. (2014) Australian and Maltese teachers’ perspectives about their capabilities for mental health promotion in school settings. Teaching and Teacher Education, 40, 1-12.
  • Askell-Williams, H., Cefai, C. & Fabri, F. (2013) Maltese students’ perspectives about their experiences at school and their mental health. Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, Special Issue Psycho-Educational Assessment, 1-19.
  • Cefai, C., Cooper, P. & Vella, R. (2012) A whole school approach to positive behaviour in a girls secondary school. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 17(7), 700-713.
  • Cefai, C. (2012) .Building Resilience in Children with SEBD. In T. Cole, H. Daniels & J. Visser, (editors) The Routledge International Companion to Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties. Routledge: London.
  • Lam, S., Jimerson, S., Kikas, E., Cefai C. et al (2012) Are Girls and Boys Equally Engaged in School around the World? The Results of an International Study across 12 Countries. School Psychology International, 50, 77–94.
  • Cefai, C. & Cooper, P. (2011) Nurture Groups in Maltese schools: Promoting inclusive education. British Journal of Special Education, 38(2), 65-72.
  • Cefai, C., Camilleri, L., Cooper, P. & Said, L. (2011) The structure and use of the teacher and parent Maltese Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire. International Journal of Emotional Education, 3(1), 4-19.
  • Cefai, C. & Camilleri, L. (2011) Building Resilience in School Children. Risk and promotive factors amongst Maltese primary school children. Malta: Euro-Centre for Educational Resilience & Socio-Emotional Health, University of Malta.
  • Cefai, C. (2011) A framework for the promotion of social and emotional wellbeing in primary schools. In R. Shute et al. (editors) International perspectives on mental health and wellbeing in education. Australia: Shannon Research Press.
  • Camilleri, L., Cefai, C. & Cooper, P. (2011) Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties in Maltese Schools: A Multilevel Model. Journal of Research in Educational Sciences, 11, 1(3), 3-15.
    Cefai, C. & Cooper, P. (2010) Students without voices: the unheard accounts of students with social, emotional and behaviour difficulties. European Journal of Special Needs Education, 25 (2), 183–198.
  • Cefai, C. & Cooper, P. (2010) Nurture Groups in Primary School. The Maltese Experience. VDM Verlag Dr Muller Publications.
  • Cefai, C. & Camilleri, L. (2009) Healthy Students Healthy Lives. The Health of Maltese University Students. Malta: European Centre for Educational Resilience & Socio-Emotional Health, University of Malta.
  • Cefai, C. & Cooper, P. eds (2009) Promoting Emotional Education. Engaging Children and Young People with social, emotional and behaviour difficulties. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
  • Cefai, C., Cooper, P. & Camilleri, L. (2009) Social, emotional and behavioural difficulties in Maltese schools. International Journal of Emotional Education, 1 (1), 8-49.
  • Cooper, P. & Cefai, C. (2009) Contemporary values and social context: implications for the emotional well-being of children. Journal of Emotional and Behaviour Difficulties, 14(2), 91-100.
  • Cefai, C. (2008) Promoting Resilience in the Classroom. A Guide to Developing Pupils’ Emotional and Cognitive Skills. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.