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RESEARCH STRATEGY AND PRIORITIES 

2008 marked a more visible and significant focus of the scientific research activity carried out by the teaching staff at the faculty and department level by frequent references to the benchmarks of the European higher education framework and area, on the requirements/standards associated to the fields of employment specific to the faculty graduates, in a competitive environment, centered on the long lasting revaluation of the research results, specific to the knowledge-based economy. The faculty research strategy was intended to be a modern, efficient and effective one, prepared both on the short term (annually) and on the medium (4 years) and long term (the period between 2008-2016).

For the issuing of the final draft of the Research Strategy 2008-2012 of the Faculty of Psychology the values and support benchmarks provided by the management of Titu Maiorescu University of Bucharest have been complied with. The following fields/study areas are of special interest at the faculty level:

  • the academic value of Titu Maiorescu University of Bucharest, the faculty mission, vision and Strategic Operating Plan;
  • the formal and informal directions of reform in education and instruction, as applied to the fields in which the faculty graduates are employed, as indicated in the National Development Strategies for the next period;
  • the priorities of the European areas of research in social and human sciences, as well as the main financing pillars;
  • the experience of the faculty teaching staff, allowing for the reconstruction of modern and effective pedagogy in higher education, based on the strategic and quality management and on the requirements of the future society built on knowledge and competitiveness;
  • the involvement of the entire teaching staff, and also of the students in the final years and of the master students in medium and long term research programmes, as well as in the future research networks (labs, mixed teams, excellence centers), with a significant impact on the academic performance and, at the same time, on the educational and social reality.
  • the professional research interests of the teaching staff members were correlated both with the development of their personal projects, specialty areas, as well as with updating the topics of newly introduced lectures or of those redesigned after the enforcement of the Bologna Statement;
  • the increasingly visible position of research and researchers on the international scene;
  • the creation of more relevant, more offensive and more persuasive premises in publicity terms for the positive remodeling of the faculty image and impact in the academic environment, in comparison with other similar Romanian institutions;
  • the progressive transfer, still not very efficient, of the research results from theory to practice, in particular in order to increase the actual institutional capacity (for instance, the organization and operation of excellence centers, resource centers etc) with focus on the operational area of the research activity, by means of interdisciplinary teams, with a view to creating a series of institutional research networks in the field, at the national and/or international level);
  • investments in the professional development of the young teaching staff members in order to refine their research potential (research traineeships, scholarships for master studies), to enlarge the cooperation offer on the research market, to develop the capacity of the human resources to absorb, to generate, to apply and to disseminate the results of the psychopedagogical research etc.  

  

PRIORITIES 

The main evidence demonstrating the strategic shift of research is represented by a significant increase of the weight of programmes/projects developed at the national level, based on competition, which are extremely relevant for the long lasting revaluation of the research results and for the reform of the fields correlated with the faculty profile (education, quality of higher education, integrated education, equal opportunities, protection of child rights). Thus, in 2009, the teaching staff of the two departments plan to participate to the contests organized at the national level and as part of the European Union programmes, including in the Excellence Research Programme – CEEX. 

 

PROJECT PROPOSALS 2008-2011 

  1. Application of educational software in social-human sciences, reader Tănase Viorel, PhD– person in charge; prof. Paraschiv Titi, PhD; reader Odette Dimitriu, PhD; lecturer Petru Craiovan, PhD; lecturer Corina Bogdan, Managing Director, Cătălin Aramă ; coordinator/partner: the Faculty of Psychology, Titu Maiorescu University / Data Soft Galati.
  2. Contributions of the Romanian diaspora to the international psycho-social research, Scientific session with international participation, reader Tănase Viorel, PhD– person in charge; reader Odette Dimitriu, PhD; lecturer Petru Craiovan, PhD; lecturer Corina Bogdan; coordinator/partner: the Faculty of Psychology, Titu Maiorescu University.
  3. The labor-family interface in the global society, lecturer Petru Craiovan, PhD– person in charge; reader Tănase Viorel, PhD; reader Mihai Puiu, PhD; reader Odette Dimitriu, PhD; lecturer Corina Bogdan, student Bogdan Mănoiu; coordinator/partner: the Faculty of Psychology, Titu Maiorescu University. 
  4. Identification of a behavioral model of educational leadership and management of Romanian youths. A comparative study between England-Cyprus-Romania, reader Mihai Puiu – person in charge; prof.Yannakis Simona; reader Georgeta Mihai; coordinator/partner: the Faculty of Psychology, Titu Maiorescu University.
  5. Development of recruitment strategies and occupational training in energetics, reader Tănase Viorel, PhD  – person in charge; lecturer Petru Craiovan, PhD; reader Odette Dimitriu, PhD; lecturer Corina Bogdan/ Managing Director– prof. Paraschiv Titi, PhD; coordinator/partner: the Faculty of Psychology, Titu Maiorescu University / Electrica Serv S.A.
  6. A quantitative and qualitative study on psychotherapy in Romania, reader Odette Dimitriu, PhD– person in charge; prof. Irina Holdevici, PhD; prof. Mirela Manea, PhD; lecturer Valentina Neacşu; coordinator/partner: the Faculty of Psychology, Titu Maiorescu University.
  7. Development of Logical Reasoning Tests, prof. Petre Bieltz, PhD– person in charge; junior lect. Marius Dobre, PhD; coordinator/partner : CSM România/ LSAC – New Jersey, USA/Titu Maiorescu University.
  8. A continuous professional training course for physicians in the field of applied medical research and evidence-based medicine, reader Margareta Dincă, PhD – person in charge; junior lect. Ioana Panc, PhD candidate; junior lect. Teofil Panc, PhD candidate; coordinator/partner: the Faculty of Psychology, Titu Maiorescu University.
  9. Development of interdisciplinary academic research in order to increase the competitiveness of Romanian universities at the international level, prof. Mirela Manea, PhD – person in charge; coordinator/partner: “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy/ Titu Maiorescu University.

 

ACHIEVEMENTS

SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS 

The publications include, in various forms (such as books, articles, specialized studies etc), the results of the fundamental and applied research performed individually and collectively. These publications represents a premise for the efficient development of the entire education process at the department level, but also for the training and professional improvement of the specialists in the field.

 

BOOKS 

  1. Surdu, Al. (2007),Filosofia pentadică I, Problema Transcendenţei, the Romanian Academy Publishing House, Bucharest;
  2. Surdu, Al. (2008)Teoria formelorlogico-clasice, the Technical Publishing House, Bucharest;
  3. Surdu, Al. (2008)Cercetări logico-filosofice, the Technical Publishing House, Bucharest;
  4. Paraschiv, T.; Tănase, V. (2007)Statistică socială, Canphys Publishing House, Râmnicu-Vâlcea;
  5. Paraschiv, T.; Tănase, V. (2008)Teoria sistemelor informaţionale, the Romanian Academy Publishing House, Bucharest; 
  6. Aniţei, M. (2007), Psihologie experimentală, Polirom Publishing House, Iaşi;  
  7. Aniţei, M. (2007)Istoria psihologiei, Psihomedia Publishing House, Sibiu;
  8. Holdevici, I. (2007),Strategiile psihoterapiei cognitiv- comportamentale, Dual Tech Publishing House, Bucharest, 2007;
  9. Holdevici, Irina.; Neacşu, Valentina. (2008)Sisteme de psihoterapie şi consiliere psihologică, Kullusys Publishing House, Bucharest;
  10. Cristea, D. (2009), Tratat de psihologie socială, vol. 1 and vol. 2, ProTransilvania Publishing House, Bucharest;
  11. Manea, Mirela; Patrichi, B.; Manea, T. (2007), Psihiatrie, “Carol Davila” University Publishing House, Bucharest;
  12. Manea, Mirela (2008), Psihiatrie şi psihopatologie pentru psihologi, Titu Maiorescu Publishing House, Bucharest;
  13. Puiu, M. (2008), Smart Management, 2nd edition, Titu Maiorescu Publishing House, Bucharest;
  14. Dimitriu, Odette (2009), Comunicare Terapeutică, Titu Maiorescu Publishing House, Bucharest;
  15. Dincă, Margareta, Iliescu, D. (2007), Learning Style Questionnaire, Test Central/Odiseea Publishing House, Cluj;
  16. Dincă, Margareta; Iliescu, D.; Panc, I. (2008), Testul Torrance de gîndire creativă, Test Central/ Odiseea Publishing House, Cluj;
  17. Dincă, Margareta (2007), Comunicarea în spital  in “Managementul spitalicesc pentru directorii de angajări şi asistenţii şefi”, Hpress Publishing House, Bucharest;
  18. Craiovan, P. (2007), Psihosociologia comunicării organizaţionale, Titu Maiorescu Publishing House, Bucharest;
  19. Craiovan, P. (2008), Psihologia muncii şi a resurselor umane, Renaissance Publishing House, Bucharest; 
  20. Bogdan, Corina (2008), Elemente de psihodiagnoză, Harvia Publishing House, Tulcea;
  21. Anghel, Elena;  Cucu-Ciuhan, G.; Ciucurel M.;  Vitalia, I., Raban-Motounu N.;  Ionescu C.; Vasile A.; Stan, A. (2008)„Intervenţie experienţială în abordarea tulburărilor disruptive la copil – diagnostic şi psihoterapie”, University of Pitesti Publishing House;
  22. Crăciun, Eftihiţa (2008), Psihoneurologie, Renaissance Publishing House, Bucharest.

 

 

SCIENTIFIC PAPER SESSION WITH INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPATION – May 2008           

A remarkable achievement of the Faculty of Psychology is the organization of the Scientific paper session with international participation in May 2008. The session had a strong impact on the Romanian psychologists as it enjoyed the participation of 300 people.

The large number of topics, as well as their diversity, reflects the interest of the participants in the latest concepts, theories and methodologies used in contemporary psychology. The organizers grouped the papers under three sections: 

1. Social psychology, organizational psychology and human resources  psychology;                                                                                   

2. Personality psychology, educational psychology and psychodiagnosis;                                                                                                          

3. Psychotherapies and psychoanalysis. 

The authors of the papers come from all levels of scientific life, from academicians and university professors to master students and bachelor studies. Thus, over 140 authors and 60 studies were selected.

Our objective was that this session should offer the psychologists working in all theoretical and applied fields, an opportunity to communicate and be aware of the latest trends in the field, both in Romania and in Europe. Our mission was that all studies presented in this session should be of real use.

The session enjoyed a remarkable international participation distinguished by the value, prestige and visibility of its guests:     

  • Jorn von WIETERSHEIM, UNIVERSITÄTSKLINIK PSYCHOSOMATISCHE MEDIZIN UND PSYCHOTHERAPIE, Ulm, Germany
  • Andreea Teodora BALAN, SHEFFIELD UNIVERSITY, United Kingdom
  • Ana B. VIVAS, SHEFFIELD UNIVERSITY, United Kingdom
  • Angerer DIETER, UNIVERSITÄT BONN, Germany
  • Eusebiu CATANĂ, LEUVEN UNIVERSITY, Belgium
  • Constantin Antonio CENTEA, UNIVERSITATEA DI ROMA, Italy
  • Carmen JIPA, UNIVERSITATEA DI ROMA, Italy


The session was presided by Academician Alexandru SURDU and the SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE of the session included the following members:

  • Prof. Dumitru GHEORGHIU, PhD
  • Prof. Irina HOLDEVICI, PhD
  • Prof. Dumitru CRISTEA, PhD
  • Prof. Vasile Dem ZAMFIRESCU, PhD
  • Prof. Titi PARASCHIV, PhD
  • Reader Viorel Iulian TĂNASE, PhD
  • Lect. Mihai Petru CRAIOVAN, PhD

 

The ORGANIZATION COMMITTEE of the scientific paper session consisted of the following members:

  • Reader Viorel Iulian TĂNASE, PhD
  • Prof. Titi PARASCHIV, PhD
  • Lect. Mihai Petru CRAIOVAN, PhD
  • Lect. Corina BOGDAN, PhD candidate
  • Lect. Elena ANGHEL, PhD

 

Prof. Iosif R. URS, PhD, the rector of „Titu Maiorescu” University stated the following in his paper entitled „Scientific research, a priority of Titu Maiorescu University”: “Scientific research at the Faculty of Psychology of Titu Maiorescu University is of utmost importance. In the almost two decades since the establishment of our University, our faculty came to be known as an elite faculty, which has had a great contribution to the good name of Titu Maiorescu University in the context of the Romanian higher education institutions. The quality of the study programmes, the elite teaching staff, the prestigious scientific research activity, the publications, the national and international conferences are just a few of the elements that make up the identity of our faculty and recommend it as one of the top institutions in the field in Romania, with a good image in the European academic education area. The intellectual potential of this institution, both at the level of the teaching staff and of its students represents a guarantee that the Faculty of Psychology will continue to develop in the spirit of the European requirements on quality education and scientific research. This is a good development for Titu Maiorescu University and for its European integration.”