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Professor Aneta D. Tunariu

Head of School of Psychology

Psychology

Professor Aneta D. Tunariu is the Head of School of Psychology at the University of East London (UEL). Psychology at UEL is a large and diverse establishment committed to excellence in pedagogical practice and the provision of psychological programmes that are relevant and meaningful for students, future employers and life - communities of today. 

    Professor Aneta D. Tunariu is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and has been teaching, researching and applying psychological knowledge to addressing issues with real-world-relevance for almost 20 years. Awarded the BSc in Psychology (with 1st Class Honours) from London South Bank University in 1999, Aneta then secured a PhD scholarship from the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Her PhD thesis, awarded in 2003 from London South Bank University, considered aspects of relational wellbeing and employed post-modernist epistemologies to examine the interplay between language, culture and experience.

    Aneta is the Head of School of Psychology at the University of East London (UEL). Psychology at UEL is a large and diverse establishment committed to excellence in pedagogical practice and the provision of psychological programmes that are relevant and meaningful for students, future employers and life - communities of today. Aneta’s academic expertise, research, consultancy and applied practice in national and international settings are hinged on the Psychology of Relating and are closely informed by concepts from existential positive psychology, coaching psychology, social psychology, and psychotherapy. Her recent psychological interventions, underpinned by positive psychology coaching and informed by evidence – based social justice and restorative practice, focus on working with young people to acquire skills for flourishing and emotional agility, within the school context and within the community.

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    Affiliations

    • Member of the Editorial Board for the Internet Journal of Restorative Justice https://www.rj4all.info/ (2018 - present)
    • Associate Fellow status within the British Psychological Society (2017 - present)
    • Member of the World Psychiatric Association's Taskforce on Social Divisions & Extremist Violence. Queen Mary London and Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Barts (2015 - present)
    • Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (2014 - present)

    Overview

    Recently, Aneta developed a new resilience curriculum programme for young people — the iNEAR (Tunariu, 2015). The intervention is currently being piloted at a large school in England. The iNEAR framework can be usefully integrated to complement positive education curriculum activities (Tunariu, 2015), can be used as a framework for coaching for resilience & wellbeing (Tunariu, 2017) or as a culturally adapted intervention addressing positive engagement with dual heritage (Tunariu & El Guenuni, 2016).

    Informed by concepts and research from social psychology, existential positive psychology, coaching psychology and psychotherapy, the iNEAR is designed to: 
    1. enhance personal resilience, self-awareness and implicit appreciation of existential/philosophical aspects of the human condition;
    2. facilitate the formation of positive identities in ways that affords the positive role of other people and the wider community a pivotal place;
    3. scaffold the acquisition of skills for growth and flourishing within a philosophical backdrop of positive, community engaged, future-self-views.

    Aneta’s academic and research interests are informed by social psychology, existential positive psychology, coaching psychology, and counselling and psychotherapy. Including:

    • Social justice and wellbeing
    • The Psychology of Relationships
    • Existential Psychology & Existential Psychology
    • Counselling and Psychotherapy
    • Existential Positive Psychology Coaching
    • Culturally Sensitive Psychological Interventions
    • Psychological Interventions: design, implementation & evaluation

    Face Up : Emotional Resilience Programme for Gangs

    Research

    Tunariu, A.D., Tribe, R., Frings, D. J., & Albery, I. P. (2017). The iNEAR programme: an existential positive psychology intervention for resilience and emotional wellbeing. International Review of Psychiatry, 29(4), 362–372. https://doi.org/10.1080/09540261.2017.1343531

    Pluess, M., Boniwell, I., Hefferon, K., & Tunariu, A.D. (2017). Preliminary Evaluation of a School-Based Resilience-Promoting Intervention in a High-Risk Population: Application of an Exploratory Two-Cohort Treatment/Control Design. PLoS ONE 12(5):e0177191.

    Tribe, R. & Tunariu, A. D. (2017a). Preparing for and writing up your doctoral thesis. Counselling Psychology Review, 32(2), 57–66.

    Tribe, R. & Tunariu, A. D. (2017b). Turning your dissertation into a publishable journal article. The Psychology of Education Review, 41(2), 22–30.

    Tribe, R. & Tunariu, A. D. (2016). Preparing for a doctoral viva. Counselling Psychology Review, 13(1), 59–66.

    Moorley, C., Cahill, S., Tunariu, A.D., & Scott, O. (2014). Impact of stroke: a functional, psychological report of an inner-city multiracial population. Primary Health Care, 24(4), 26–34.

    Finn, M.D., Tunariu, A.D., & Kham, C. Lee (2012). A critical analysis of affirmative therapeutic engagements with consensual non-monogamy. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, Vol. 27 (3), 205 – 216.

    Colahan, M., Tunariu, A.D., & Dell, P. (2012). Understanding lived experience and the structure of its discursive context. Qualitative Methods in Psychology Bulletin, Vol. 13(1), 48-57.

    Satkunanayagam, K., Tunariu, A.D., & Tribe, R. (2010). The costs and rewards of caring: a qualitative exploration of mental health professionals’ experience of working with survivors of trauma in Sri Lanka. International Journal of Culture and Mental Health, Vol.3 (1), 43 – 51.

    Tribe, R. & Tunariu, A.D. (2009). Mind Your Language - Working with interpreters in Health Care Settings and Therapeutic Encounter, Sexual and Relationship Therapy, Vol. 24 (1), 74 – 84.

    Tunariu, A.D. & Reavey, P. (2007). Common patterns of sense making: Interpreting numeric and textual data on sexual boredom qualitatively. British Journal of Social Psychology, Vol. 46, 815–837.

    Tunariu, A.D. & Reavey, P. (2003). Men in love: living with sexual boredom. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, Vol. 18 (1), 63 – 94.
    Van Nieuwerburgh, C. & Tunariu. A.D. (2013). Responding to a new landscape: towards integrative practice. Coaching Today: The Journal of BACP Coaching, Vol. 8, 6 – 10.
    Boniwell, I. & Tunariu, A.D. (in press) (2nd edition). Positive Psychology: Theory, Research and Applications London: Open University Press/McGraw-Hill Education
    Tribe, R. & Tunariu, A.D. (2018). Psychological Interventions in the context of Cultural Psychiatry. In D. Bhugra and K. Bhui (Eds). Textbook of Cultural Psychiatry. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. http://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/medicine/mental-health-psychiatry-and-clinical-psychology/textbook-cultural-psychiatry-2nd-edition?format=PB#e3xXdxLfymrsXFe0.97

    Tribe, R. & Tunariu. A. D. (2017). Working with Interpreters. In C. Feltham. T. Hanley and L. Winter. The Sage Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy. London: Sage. https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/the-sage-handbook-of-counselling-and-psychotherapy/book248878

    Tunariu, A.D. (2017). Coaching for resilience within an Islamic context. A case study in C. van Nieuwerburgh and R. Al-Laho. Coaching in Islamic Culture. The Principles and Practice of Ershad. London: Karnac.

    Tunariu, A.D., Boniwell, I., & Ruffion, A. (2017). Towards sustainable prevention of youth radicalization. The Philosophical Dialogues Program - An existential positive psychology intervention for resilience, wellbeing and affirmative mindset. UNISMED Organisation, Nice, France.

    Tunariu, A.D. (2015). The iNEAR psychological intervention. A resilience curriculum programme for children and young people. Teacher and Student Guides. London, UK.

    Tunariu, A.D. (2012). Delivering a sustainable Restorative Justice programmes for young people in trouble with the law system. Train-the-trainer programme for Youth Workers commissioned by the Singapore Prison Services and its Mental Resilience Team, Singapore.

    Tunariu, A.D. Boniwell, I., Yusef, D., & Jones, J. (2011). Well London Initiative. DIY Happiness: Research evaluation report. Commissioned by the Big Lottery Fund and association with SLaM NHS Trust, Guy’s Hospital Health Promotion team. London, UK.

    Boniwell, I. & Tunariu, A.D. (2011) (Eds.). Newham Resilience Curriculum Initiative. SPARK Resilience project: Research evaluation report. Commissioned by Newham Council. Submitted to its (Newham Resilience Initiative) Stirring Group. London, UK.

    Boniwell, I. & Tunariu, A.D. (2010). Face Up: Emotional Resilience programme for young people. A Trainer’s Guide and materials. Commissioned by London Metropolitan Police in association with The Young Foundation. London, UK.

    Coltea, E.C. & Tunariu, A.D. (2018). Reaching out through listening: clients’ experience of ‘being listened to’ in psychotherapy. Paper presented at the BPS Division of Counselling Psychology Annual Conference: “Building bridges: Visibility, equality, inclusion, and diversity”, Newcastle, UK.

    Coltea, E.C. & Tunariu, A.D. (2018). Being listened to: no place to hide. Client experience of listening in psychotherapy. Paper presented at the 39th International Listening Association Annual Convention: “Listening beyond boundaries”, Dublin, Ireland.

    Tunariu, A.D. (2017). The power of Positive Mindset: resilience, wellbeing and students’ readiness to flourish. Keynote at the Thomas Deacon Education Trust (TDET) Senior Leadership Conference 2017: Unity of Purpose, Diversity of Practice, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire, UK.

    Tunariu, A.D. (2017). Positive Psychology in my practice. Keynote and conference workshop at the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): What it means for you Conference, Public Health Network Cymru, Cardiff, Wales.

    Tunariu, A.D. (2016). Ten years on: Applying research based lessons to one's own life. Keynote at the BPS London & Home Counties branch 10th Anniversary event. London School of Economics, London, UK.

    Tunariu, A.D. & Tribe, R. (2016). Recognising individual resources as a social assent in tacking ‘radicalization’: existentialism, resilience and social ethics. Paper presented as constitutive member of the World Psychiatric Association Taskforce on Social Divisions & Extremist Violence: gangs, cults, terrorists, and violent offending. 1st Conference, 25th - 26th October 2016 at Queen Mary University of London. London, UK

    Tunariu, A.D. (2016). Positive Psychology: Skills for Personal Development. Key Note Lecture. Event organised by Human Resources faculty of “Hassan 2nd Casablanca” University & Oulipo Coaching Centre. Casablanca, Morocco.

    Tunariu, A.D. (2016). Coaching for emotional wellbeing and resilience. Keynote lecture for Moroccan professionals are working with youth at risk of drug and alcohol addiction across public and private sectors sponsored schemes. The Raihan Charity, Larache, Morocco.

    Tunariu, A.D. & Ben Amghar, H. (2016). Skills for Positive Change: boosting self-efficacy. CPD workshop. Event organised by Human Resources faculty of “Hassan 2nd Casablanca” University & Oulipo Coaching Centre. Casablanca, Morocco.

    Tunariu, A.D. & Ben Amghar, H. (2016). Skills for Positive Change: strengths based approach. CPD workshop. Event organised by Human Resources faculty of “Hassan 2nd Casablanca” University & Oulipo Coaching Centre. Casablanca, Morocco.

    Tunariu, A.D. & Tribe, R. (2015). Psychological Interventions for a variety of contexts: Issues of design and implementation. Workshop delivered to the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) continued learning series of events and delivered to the Special Group in Coaching Psychology. London, UK.

    Tunariu, A.D., & Tribe, R. (2015). Recognising individual resources as a social asset in tackling radicalisation. The iNEAR psycho-social intervention programme: resilient communities, existential responsibility, and social ethics. Paper presented as part of the Symposium on “Global Mental Health: conflict, identity and compassion” at the 4th World Congress of Cultural Psychiatry organized by World Association of Cultural Psychiatry (WAPC) in Puerto Vallarta. Jalisco, Mexico.

    Tunariu, A. D. & Tribe, R. & (2015). Temporarily suspending the imperative for political positioning or diagnostic categorisation: recognising individual resources as a social asset in tackling radicalisation. Paper presented at the State of the Art Conference: Violent Radicalization and Terrorism, Wolfson Institute, Queen Mary University of London. London, UK.

    Tunariu, A.D. (2015). Positive Development: Interventions informed by Positive Psychology and Coaching practice. Keynote and workshop delivered to the Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing. Event organised by the Raihan Charity. Larache, Morocco.

    Tribe, R., & Tunariu, A.D. (2015). Civic engagement: Making a difference through improving communication across language and culture in community settings. Paper presented at the 12th PASCAL International Observatory Conference, Strand 3 — Connecting cities and universities at strategic frontiers. Catania, Sicily.

    Tribe, R., & Tunariu, A.D. (2015). Preparing for your doctoral viva. Workshop delivered at the British Psychological Society’s Division of Counselling Psychology Annual Conference. Harrogate, UK.

    Tunariu, A.D. (2012). The power of Positive Psychology. Lead yourself first. Keynote delivered at the Annual Wales Public Service Summer School: Managing Beyond the Frontier: A 21st Century Approach to Delivering World Class Public Services, University of Wales. Cardiff, UK.

    Tunariu, A.D. & Colahan, M. (2012). Deliberate about relating. Heroic Leap-of-Faith or Transactional Obligation? Paper presented at the Biannual Conference of the International Association for Relationship Research (IARR). Chicago, USA.

    Tunariu, A.D. (2011). Positive Relationships: Exploring human interactions in the work place. Keynote delivered at the Innerpositiveness Leadership Conference, HRnet Performance Consulting & School of Positive Psychology. Singapore.

    Tunariu, A.D. & Boniwell, I. (2011). Lead yourself first: Positive business leadership. Workshop delivered at the Innerpositiveness Leadership Conference, HRnet Performance Consulting & Singapore School of Positive Psychology, Singapore.

    Colahan, M. & Tunariu, A.D., (2010). Understanding relationship satisfaction: an interpretative phenomenological analysis of lay and professional narratives. Paper presented at the Biannual Conference of the International Association for Relationship Research (IARR). Herzliya, Israel.

    Publications

    The Psychology of Relating
    Integrated Psychological Interventions
    Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology
    Existentially informed Counselling & Psychotherapy
    Advanced Research Methods

    Aneta’s repertoires of talks, key notes and specialist workshops include:

    The psychology of Self and Others: the Domino Effect
    The psychology of Relating: the capacity to Care, the ability to Connect
    Positive relationships: arriving at Optimal Relating
    Stuck-ness, agency and life-hope: Resilient Future Perspectives
    A return to yourself: Strengths and Strengths in Override
    Relational Resilience: Flow and Compassion


    Interests

    Existential Philosophy

    Existential Psychotherapy

    Self and Others in the Coaching Practice

    Applied Positive Psychology 

    Psychological Interventions

    Qualitative Research Methods

    Core Counselling Skills

    Existential Positive Psychology & Coaching

    Psychology of Relating

    Teaching