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Mª Vicenta Mestre was born in Oliva (1956) and she’s a full professor of Basic Psychology in the Universitat de València. Graduate in Philosophy and Educational Sciences, major in Psychology and Educational Sciences. She received a national award for the best interns and the Extraordinary Award in Undergraduate Degree. PhD in Psychology, she also received the Extraordinary Award for her PhD thesis.

As the director of a research group, she’s been the lead researcher in 34 competitive projects, among which stands out two PROMETEO projects with the University of Missouri (USA) and the CONICET of Buenos Aires.

She also managed the network of excellence ISIC “Personal strengthening, social inclusion and quality of life, CVIFOR”. Its objective was to detect factors of protection and vulnerability and intervene in cases of childhood and adolescence at risk of poverty and/or social exclusion

Her last research projects have revolved around the “Violence and victimization in adolescence: the role of values” [National Plan R+D+i, PSI2016-78242-R] and the PROMETEO project on “Socio-emotional and personal competence as prevention of maladaptive behaviour”.

She is the author of more than 200 articles in national and international journals, 23 books and 50 book chapters. She has also directed 20 doctoral theses and her research career has been recognised with six six-year terms of research activity and one six-year term of transfer activity.

She is co-director of the Luis Amigó Chair between the Universitat de València and the Amigó Foundation for Psychosocial Intervention in children at risk.

Committed to the transformation of the university, in her career she has known the different levels of the academic career, as well as the main areas of university management having served, successively, as Secretary of the Department of Basic Psychology (1986-1989), Vice-Dean of Infrastructure of the Faculty of Psychology (2001-2002), (First) First Dean of the Faculty of Psychology (2002-2006), Vice-Principal of Studies (2006-2010), Vice-Principal of Academic Planning and Teaching Staff (2010-2015), and Vice-Principal for Academic Planning, Teaching and Sustainability (2015-2018).

In 2018, she was elected as the first female Principal of the Universitat de València (appointed by Decree 41/2018, of April 6, of the Government of the Valencian Community Council).

She’s the former Executive Secretary of the Sectorial Commission of the CRUE of Academic Affairs and of the Sectorial Commission of the CRUE of Sustainability. Since May 2019, she presides over the Sectorial of the Teaching Staff of the CRUE and since January 2021 she presides over the Conference of Principals of Public Universities of Valencia.

At the international level, she is a member of the Executive Committee of the Ibero-American University Postgraduate Association (AUIP).

Academic full member of the Academy of Psychology of Spain since 2018, same year she received José Luis Pinillos Award for the Excellence and Innovation in Psychology in the “Psychologist of the Year” category.

Likewise, she received numerous awards, such as the Distinction by the Valencian Government, the Federation of Progressive Women of the Valencian Community award, the Ferrer Pastor of the Commonwealth of Municipalities of La Safor award, the honorary award to the Cultural Trajectory of Foment AIC of Gandía and, in 2019.

She’s been included in the “Top 100 Female Leaders in Spain” in the category of Public Administration, Institutions. Her hometown, Oliva, has given her the recognition of Favourite Daughter, as an example of work and perseverance in the incorporation of women into professional activity.