María graduated in Philosophy at the Autonomous University of Madrid. She gained a MA in Gender Studies from the Complutense University of Madrid. In 2008, she was awarded a EAP Reciprocity Fellowship to carry out postgraduate studies in Postcolonial Feminism at the Gender Studies Department at the University of California, at Los Angeles. In 2011, she obtained an Ernst Mach Fellowship to study Science and Technology Studies at the STS Department at the University of Vienna. María’s PhD thesis investigated how people with eating disorders use social media to communicate their illness and seek and provide support to recover. Her doctoral research was funded by the University of Leicester’s Department of Sociology. After her graduation, she worked at the University of Leicester’s Diabetes Research Centre in a mixed methods evaluation of the initiative, The Daily Mile, running in schools across the UK to prevent childhood obesity. In May 2021, María joined the YQSR group as a Research Fellow on the Patient and Family Involvement in Serious Incident Investigations (PFI-SIII) project. This study aims at co-designing processes and guidelines to meaningfully involve patients and their families in the investigation of serious incidents in acute and mental health care, and at national level.
María is interested in patient involvement in patient safety. Her interests also comprise the study of eating disorders recovery, the use of social media to communicate illness and social justice approaches to childhood obesity. She is especially keen on the application of digital ethnography and digital methods for health improvement and the study of patients’ experiences.