Maria currently works as a Research Assistant, on a project focused on raising awareness for education in Williams syndrome (RASE WS) as well as a project that examines Transitions in neurodevelopmental disorders (TRANSCEND).

Maria graduated from the University of Kent with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology (2.1) in 2015. Whilst completing her undergraduate degree, Maria was an active member of sports societies, and was elected as President to a large sports society in her final year. After completing her undergraduate degree, Maria stayed on at the University of Kent and graduated with an MSc in Social and Applied Psychology (distinction) in November, 2016. As part of her BSc and MSc, Maria has completed two research projects about the consequences of Self-Objectification on women’s mental health and career aspirations. During her time at the University of Kent, Maria also volunteered at a charity for bereaved children who were processing death difficulty, Holding on Letting Go. This role involved helping children to complete various therapeutic tasks to help them cope with the death of a loved one. Maria currently volunteers at the Amy Winehouse Foundation as a research assistant for the Prevalence study, which aims to determine the current levels of substance misuse among young people.

Areas of special interest: Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Emotional and Behavioural problems, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Eating Problems