Research Groups and Focus Areas

Research Groups in COMPRES


A research working group in COMPRES is a group of experts working together to achieve specified goals towards research. The groups are domain specific and focus on discussion or activity around a specific subject area. The term can sometimes refer to an interdisciplinary collaboration of researchers working on new activities.

The lifespan of a working group can last anywhere between a few months and several years. Such groups have the tendency to develop a “quasi-permanent existence” when the assigned task is accomplished; hence the need to disband (or phase out) the working group when it has achieved its goal(s).

A working group’s performance is made up of the individual results of all its individual members. A team’s performance is made up of both individual results and collective results. Currently the working group members do not take responsibility for results other than their own. On the other hand, teams require both individual and mutual accountability. There is more information sharing, more group discussions and debates on discourse within the specific field of interest.

A working group may also call themselves a cluster of knowledge or pockets of knowledge.

The main idea is to stimulate cooperation, discourse and alignment towards research focusses, preventing overlapping and promote productivity and mentorship.

Children, Youth and Family Centred Research Sub-Programme

Research Groups

  • Child protection
  • Child and family therapeutic interventions
  • Child and adolescent psychotherapy
  • Family relationships
  • Youth at risk
  • Best interest of the child and child participation
  • Gender mainstreaming
  • Intergenerational work
  • Special needs families

Sustainable Psychosocial Health and Wellness Sub-Programme

Research Groups

  • Performance psychology
  • Environmental/conservation psychology
  • Evidence-based assessment and interventions
  • Sustainable livelihoods in vulnerable communities
  • Healthy ageing
  • Engaged scholarship
  • Psychometric and Eco-metric research

Psychosocial Aspects of Non-communicable Diseases Research Sub-Programme

Research Groups

  • Non-invasive approach in lifestyle diseases, non-communicable diseases and burden of diseases
  • Social aspects, management of disability and inter-professional care
  • Burn-out and work-life balance

Psychosocial Pathology, Adversity and Challenges in Communities Sub-Programme

Research Groups

  • Trauma and trauma-related research
  • Self-regulation and coping
  • Forensic practice (FORSE)
  • Victim empowerment
  • Violence
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders (NEURODO)

In-house Mentoring Programme for Young Researchers or Late Entrants in Academia

  • Research supervision
  • Article writing and publication
  • Research methodology
  • Project management
  • Ethics and research integrity
  • Funding and grants
  • Research trajectories and personal development
  • Time management
  • Data management and record keeping
  • Transdisciplinary research
  • Community engagement
  • SOTL