Maria holds a PhD and a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology from Glasgow Caledonian University. She is Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She has a mixed methods research experience, emphasising on qualitative research and the use of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis in applied health research. She has an extensive track record in EU-funded projects, under the following programmes: FP6, FP7, Erasmus+, Prevention of and Fight against crime, Fundamental rights and citizenship and EuropeAid. Her work experience focuses on research, practice, teaching and training, and has collaborated with a number of institutions and organisations in the private and public sector and policy makers in EU countries. She has been extensively involved in the development of social and health care interventions and community-based services for vulnerable groups of people. Areas of interest include psychosocial factors, music interventions and chronic disease, social and health related interventions and services and social innovation.