Dr Josephine Attard

Academic Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing and Midwifery, University of South Wales UK
Master of Science in Health Sciences (Midwifery), University of Malta
Post Qualification Diploma in Nursing/Midwifery, University of Malta


Dr Josephine Attard qualified as a nurse midwife in 1981. In 1991, she obtained a post-graduate certificate in education from the University of Malta followed by a Master of Science in Nursing/Midwifery Education in 1999 and a PhD from the University of South Wales in 2015. Her doctoral research focused on the design and evaluation of a competency framework, addressing the need for a rigorous and validated competency framework to guide the education and practice of nurses/midwives in spiritual care. Over the years she gained clinical experience in the areas of antenatal, intra-natal and postnatal care.

Currently, Dr Attard holds the position of Head of the Department of Midwifery within the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Malta. She also serves as a lecturer and clinical supervisor to aspiring midwives at both the Bachelor’s and Master’s levels. Furthermore, she co-coordinates the Master of Science in Midwifery course and the Erasmus+ Midwifery student exchange program.

Dr Attard is an active member of the EPICC strategic research network on spirituality and has represented the University of Malta in one of EPICC’s Erasmus+ projects. Dr Attard serves as a reviewer for research articles in The Journal of Religion & Health (JORH) and contributes as a book reviewer for Springer Nature. She also is one of the book editors of ‘Enhancing Nurses’ and Midwives’ Competence in Providing Spiritual Care’ published by Springer Nature.

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