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Dr Maria Ali

Associate Lecturer

[email protected]

+357 24694000


Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy (Middlesex University, 2022)

Masters in Integrative Clinical Psychotherapy (Middlesex University, 2014)

Masters in Health Sciences, Sexual Health (University of Sydney, 2009)

Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Studies (University of Derby, 2009) 

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (University of Malta, 2007)


Trauma, Attachment Issues, Addictions, Reflective Functioning, Sexual Disorders, Personality Disorders, Psychometric Assessments, Court Assessments

Employment Track

Counselling Psychologist: Foundation for Social Welfare Services, Malta, 2016-2022

Researcher: President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society, Malta, 2015-2018

Researcher: Ministry of Public Health, 2015-2016

Trainer: Ministry of Family and Social Welfare, 2015-2015.

Counsellor: Dorset NHS University, UK, 2012-2015

Assistant Psychologist: Ministry of Health, Malta, 2009-2012

Human Resources Coordinator: Le Meridien, Malta, 2007-2008

Memberships (Academic/Professional)

  • British Psychological Society: Chartered Psychologist
  • UK Council for Psychotherapists

Research Interests

  • Body Dysmorphia
  • Addiction
  • Reflective Functioning
  • Trauma and Secondary Trauma
  • Gender Violence
  • Health Behaviours

Roles and Responsibilities (including past roles and responsibilities)

Teaching and Course Leadership 

Teaching the following modules at UCLan, Cyprus:

  • Health Psychology
  • Understanding Behaviour
  • Health Promotion
  • Forensic Risk Assessment
  • Organizational Psychology
  • Methods and Practice of Psychological Inquiry
  • Psychological Research Methods
  • Advanced Methods in Psychology

Supervising various research projects at UCLan, Cyprus, and the University of Malta, Malta.

Selective Publications 

  • Ali, M. and Farrugia, J. (2013). Why do students opt not to sit for SEC exams? Malta Review of Educational Research, 7, 1.


  • Access to Food. President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society, Malta. July 2018.
  • What works in Mentalization-Based Treatment: Systematic Case studies in Personality Disorder and Addiction. Presented at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, June 2013.
  • Combatting Dating and Sexual Violence. A means to Gender Equality. Presented at the 7th European Conference on Gender Equality, Bergen, Norway, 2012.