Carmel Cefai

Director of the Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health, University of Malta, Malta

Carmel Cefai is director of the Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health and former head of the department of psychology at the University of Malta. He is Joint Honorary Chair of the European Network for Social and Emotional Competence and joint founding editor of the International Journal of Emotional Education. His research interests are focused on how to create healthy spaces which promote the resilience, wellbeing and psychological wellbeing of children and young people, particularly those facing challenges in their development. He has led various European research projects in mental health in schools, risk and resilience in children and young people, children's wellbeing, and the development of a resilience curriculum for early years and primary schools in Europe. Recent publications include Surfing the Waves, A Resilience Curriculum for Early Years and Primary Schools (2015) published in seven languages; Mental Health Promotion in Schools: Cross Cultural Narratives and Perspectives (2017); and Strengthening Social and Emotional Education in the Curriculum across the EU (2018). He is a member of the European Commission Network of Experts on Social Aspects of Education and Training (NESET II) and a member of coordinating team of NESET II.


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