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Dr Salvo Di Martino

Lecturer in Psychology (Mental Health)

Faculty/Dept/School School of Social Sciences
(Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences)


I am a lecturer in psychology (mental health) at the University of Bradford. After I completed my undergraduate degree in Developmental and Relational Psychology, in 2011 I graduated in Dynamic, Clinical, and Community Psychology with highest honour at the University of Naples Federico II (Italy). In 2016, I completed my Ph.D. in Gender Studies at the University of Naples Federico II and as a visiting student at the University of East London. Having met the criteria proposed by the Confederation of EU Rectors' Conference (now EUA), I was awarded the additional title of Doctor Europaeus (European Ph.D.).

Before I joined the Division of Psychology at the University of Bradford, I worked for 3 years at Leeds Beckett University in the field of health promotion and community wellbeing. In 2021, I took part in a joint project between the Open University and the University of Brighton to explore mobile Health-based (mHealth) couple relationship quality.


As a researcher, I am committed to exploring and promoting happiness, well-being, and quality of life. To accomplish this goal, I use a critical and ecological approach, which allows me to understand how conditions of social justice and equality impact on the wellbeing of individuals, communities, and countries around the world. My work is also driven by an inter-disciplinary interest in critically integrating contributions from multiple academic fields including psychology, sociology, economics, and contemporary feminism to find novel solutions to old and new societal issues. My methodological approach makes use of mixed methods and I specialise in cutting-edge quantitative techniques such as Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) to validate wellbeing instruments. I also work with several qualitative methods and literature synthesis to investigate multiple aspects of individual and community wellbeing.
Research collaborators
NameProfessor Isaac Prilleltensky
CompanyUniversity of Miami
NameProfessor Ottar Ness
CompanyNorwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
NameProfessor Caterina Arcidiacono
CompanyThe University of Naples Federico II
NameProfessor Jacqui Gabb
CompanyThe Open University


Teaching interests

The principles that lie at the core of my teaching are informed by the ethics of care, liberation psychology, critical pedagogy, and critical psychology. My work on social justice is constantly focused on issues related to gender, ethnicity, social status, and any other form of disparity both within and beyond higher education. 

Professional activities

  • 01-JAN-08: The University of Naples Federico II - BSc
  • 01-JAN-11: The University of Naples Federico II - MSc
  • 01-JAN-16: The University of Naples Federico II - PhD
  • 16-JUN-16: Leeds Beckett University - Research Assistant
  • 01-JAN-21: The Open University - Research Analyst
  • 01-JAN-19: Higher Education Academy, Associate Fellow
  • 01-JAN-18: - 1st Prize for best early career research project
  • 01-JAN-15: - 1st Prize for best research activity
  • Italian
  • English
  • Editorial Board Member: 'Community Psychology in Global Perspective' journal


Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleHappiness as fairness: The relationship between national life satisfaction and social justice in EU countries. (2020)
AuthorsDi Martino S;Prilleltensky I;
JournalJournal of Community Psychology
TitleMeasuring Care and Justice Moral Orientation: Italian Adaptation and Revision of the MMO-2 Scale (2018)
AuthorsDi martino S; Di Napoli I; Esposito C; Arcidiacono C
JournalEthics and Behavior
TitleMeasuring subjective well-being from a multidimensional and temporal perspective: Italian adaptation of the I COPPE scale. (2018)
AuthorsDi Martino S;Di Napoli I;Esposito C;Prilleltensky I;Arcidiacono C;
JournalHealth and Quality of Life Outcomes
TitleDe-growth and critical community psychology: Contributions towards individual and social well-being (2016)
AuthorsNatale A; Di Martino S; Procentese F; Arcidiacono C
TitleParticipatory visual methods in the 'Psychology loves Porta Capuana' project (2016)
AuthorsArcidiacono C; Grimaldi D; Di Martino S; Procentese F
JournalAction Research
TitleFrom" Gomorrah Domain" to" Don Peppe Diana Lands". A Southern Italian Experience of Work-Based Liberation, Community Networking, and Well Being (2013)
AuthorsNatale A; Arcidiacono C; Di Martino S
JournalUniversitas Psychologica
Other Journal
TitleHomo Oeconomicus at the Café: A Field Experiment on 'Suspended Coffee' (2020)
AuthorsD'Isanto F; Di Martino S
TitleA critical analysis of happiness and well-being. Where we stand now, where we need to go (2016)
AuthorsArcidiacono C; Di Martino S
PublisherCommunity Psychology in Global Perspective
Book Chapters
TitleCommunity social psychology and positive psychology: Learning from the experience of Latin America (2018)
AuthorsMartínez R S & Di Martino S
JournalThe Routledge International Handbook of Critical Positive Psychology
PublisherRoutledge International Handbooks
TitleCommunity Psychology's Contributions to Happiness and Well-being: Including the Role of Context, Social Justice, and Values in our Understanding of the Good Life (2018)
AuthorsDi Martino S; Eiroa-Orosa FJ; Arcidiacono C
JournalThe Routledge International Handbook of Critical Positive Psychology
PublisherRoutledge International Handbooks
Published Reports
TitlePaired Evaluation: Preliminary Report from the Pilot Evaluation of the Paired App (2021)
AuthorsGabb J; Aicken C; Di Martino S; Witney T
PublisherThe Open University/The University of Brighton
TitleA systematic review of interventions to boost social relations through improvements in community infrastructure (places and spaces) (2018)
AuthorsBagnall A; South J; Di Martino S; Southby K; Pilkington G; Mitchell B; Pennington A; Corcoran R
PublisherWhat Works Well Centre for Wellbeing
TitleWhat works to boost social relations and community wellbeing? A scoping review of the evidenceAnne-Marie Bagnall (2017)
AuthorsBagnall A; South J; Di Martino S; Pilkington; Mitchell B; Newton R
PublisherWhat Works Well Centre for Wellbeing
TitleSystematic scoping review of reviews of the evidence for “what works to boost social relations” and its relationship to community wellbeing (2017)
AuthorsBagnall A; South J; Di Martino S; Mitchell B; Pilkington; Newton R
PublisherWhat Works Well Centre for Wellbeing
TitleWhat is Community Wellbeing? Conceptual Review (2017)
AuthorsAtkinson S; Bagnall A-M; Corcoran R; South J; Curtis S; Di Martino S; Pilkington G
PublisherWhat Works Well Centre for Wellbeing
TitleSystematic scoping review of indicators of community wellbeing in the UK (2017)
AuthorsBagnall A; South J; Mitchell B; Pilkington G; Newton R; Di Martino S
PublisherWhat Works Well Centre for Wellbeing
Other Publications
Other typeNewspaper Articles
TitleWould More Social Justice Make You Happier (2020)
AuthorsSuttie J; Di Martino S; Prilleltensky I
Title Author(s)
The Capabilities Approach and Community Psychology in the Pursuit of Well-being as Justice and Equity. The role of Non Profit Sector (2014)Arcidiacono C; Di Martino S; D'Isanto