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Mª Vicenta Mestre Escrivà

Mª Vicenta Mestre, known as Mavi Mestre, was born in Oliva and is a professor of Basic Psychology at the University of Valencia. A graduate in Philosophy and Education Sciences specialising in Psychology and Education Sciences, she was awarded the national prize for the best scholarship holders and graduated with the highest honours. She also received the highest honours for her PhD in Psychology.

She is a specialist in the areas of adolescents at risk and family, which she teaches in undergraduate and Master’s degrees at the University of Valencia and at other Spanish and international universities. Her teaching activity has been recognised with six 5-year bonuses.

Her scientific activity is focused on social inclusion and the quality of life of young people and adolescents.

As director of a research group, she has been the main researcher of competitive projects, among which include the PROMETEO project with the University of Missouri, the CONICET from Buenos Aires and, currently, the PROMETEO project on ‘Social-emotional and personal competencies to prevent maladaptive behaviour’. She is the author of over 160 articles in national and international journals, 23 books and 49 book chapters. She has supervised 16 doctoral theses. She is a member of the International Association of Applied Psychology, the Interamerican Society of Psychology, the Board of Directors of the Spanish Society of Anxiety and Stress, and the Spanish Society for the History of Psychology. Her research has been recognised with six 6-year bonuses.

Committed to transforming the University, she has been the department secretary, Dean of the Psychology Faculty, Vice-principal for Studies and Vice-principal for Teaching Staff, Academic Planning and Sustainability of the University of Valencia. On 6 March 2018 she was elected Principal of the University of Valencia, appointed by Decree 41/2018, of 6 April, by the Valencia Regional Government (DOGV of 10 April 2018).

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