Maria V. Doria, PhD, MBA, MSc, CPsychol is a psychologist who works in both clinical practice and research in the area of children’s development and mental health, and family relationships. She is a licensed psychologist with a Ph.D. from the University of Cardiff (UK), and coordinated in the past research projects on mental health and care practices at ACF (France). She is also a honorary research fellow of the Medical School of the University of East Anglia (UK). She has previously worked for the British National Health Service and as a consultant for UN agencies. Dr. Doria was awarded the best practitioner-researcher prize of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association in 2012. She is leading the child development aspects of the AFRIBIOTA project.