Our Founding Director

Professor Dorothy Ebere Adimora

Professor Adimora is a distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology, Department of Educational Foundations, Faculty of Education, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Her career began in 2005 as a school teacher following the completion of her Bachelor’s degree. Subsequently, in 2009, after attaining her Master’s degree in Educational Psychology, she transitioned to academia and was appointed as an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She has advanced through the ranks to her current position as a full Professor at the same institution. In addition to her academic role, Ebere presently holds the prestigious position of Georg Forster Research Fellow-Experienced Researcher of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, at Margherita von Brentano Zentrum | MvBZ, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. Her present area of research centers on Gender-Based Violence among Female Students, Faculty, and Staff in Higher Education Institutions in Nigeria. Her dedication extends to teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, actively engaging in research endeavors, providing invaluable mentorship and social support programs to students and colleagues alike.

Her administrative experiences include serving as the Director of the University Advancement Centre, Vice Chancellor’s Office, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (2018-2019), and membership in various university committees. Acting Director, Curriculum Development and Instructional Materials Centre (CUDIMAC) 2015, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (2018), and Acting Head of the Department of Educational Foundations (2022). She has also contributed significantly as a Visiting Scholar/Researcher at Stellenbosch University, South Africa (2021); postdoctoral research fellow at the European Scientific Institute (ESI), University of La Laguna, Spain (2021-2022). Short-term Visiting Researcher at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, October 2022.

Ebere’s contributions to academia are not confined to teaching and administrative duties. She has demonstrated excellence in research, supervising numerous postgraduate (PhD & M.Ed) students, examining doctoral candidates, and authoring 55 journal articles in reputable international journals indexed by Thomson Reuters, Scopus, SCImago, or SNIP. Additionally, she actively participates in national and international conferences and workshops, serves as a reviewer and editorial board member for esteemed journals, and engages in postgraduate examination both internally and externally.

Ebere’s research interests span a wide spectrum, including gender and sexuality, students’ learning outcomes, assessment strategies, and psychological interventions for effective teaching and learning across different educational levels and learning styles. She has conducted extensive research in areas such as gender-based violence, motivation of teachers and students, management of work-related stress among educators, comprehension strategies for diverse learners, and mental health issues affecting children, among others. Her commitment to addressing societal challenges is evident in her efforts to manage gender-based violence and support individuals with HIV/AIDS, particularly in educational settings.

Ebere is a member of several professional bodies, including the American Psychological Association (APA), the Teacher’s Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), the Nigeria Council of Educational Psychologists (NCEP), and the Chartered Institute of Educational Practitioners (CIEP). Furthermore, she is the Founding/Chief Executive Director of the Moremi Psycho-Socio-Economic Foundation (MOPSEF)-mopsefnigeria.org, a nonprofit organization saddled with the responsibilities of women’s empowerment, advocacy against gender-based violence, promotion of human rights, facilitating access to education, protecting mental health, and fostering sustainable livelihoods for girls, women, children, and the underprivileged.

MOPSEF Board Member

Professor Elsie Chizua Umeano

Elsie Chizua Umeano  is a board member of MOPSEF. She is a Professor of Educational Psychology, a lecturer in the Department of Educational Foundations, University of Nigeria, Nsukka where she teaches nine (9) courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels in Educational Psychology. She has attended more than 50 conferences and has given commissioned papers in many of them.

She has successfully organized several workshops as well as both National and International Conferences. She has over 50 published articles in National and International Reputable Journals as well as a book in Educational Psychology. Her Professional Experience includes, among others: External Examiner for both undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as a Professorial Assessor at different Universities in Nigeria such as the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State; Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State and Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. She is not only a reviewer of many books and journals such as Journal of Nigerian Academy of Education and International Journal of Education but is on the editorial board of many reputable journals including The Educational Psychologist, a journal of the Nigeria Council of Educational Psychologists. In fact, she was Secretary General of the Nigeria Council of Educational Psychologists for 14 years – 2003-2017.

She is currently the Treasurer of the Council.  Her areas of Research Interest are as follows: Language and Communication Skills, Adolescent Development, Child Development, Interpersonal Relationships/Communication, Children and peers, Children and others, Adolescents and peers, Adolescents and adults, Husbands and wives. She is currently the Chairman, the Board of Directors, University of Nigeria Secondary School, Nsukka. She served as a Director, the Curriculum Development and Instructional Materials Centre, CUDIMAC, UNN for four years at a go -2008-2012 and became the first to introduce e-instructional materials in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She also served as the Associate Dean of Student Affairs, at UNN.

She has won awards such as: Vice Chancellor’s Postgraduate Prize as the Best PhD graduating student in the Faculty of Education, University of Nigeria in the 1995/96 Session and Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellent and Dedicated Service to the University, 2008.