Maria is a Senior Lead of Research & Development at BHER, and oversees project management and delivery, stakeholder engagement, partnership support, and knowledge mobilization for BHER’s portfolio of work on Equitable Learner Pathways.
She joins from the Conference Board of Canada, where she led the Council on Inclusive Work Environments and applied her background in behavioural sciences and research methods to address Canada's evolving skills, education, and workplace inclusion needs.
Maria previously worked as a behavioural scientist for the Impact and Innovation Unit in the Privy Council Office and the Behavioural Insights Group in the BC Public Service. In these positions she used the knowledge and tools from psychology and behavioural sciences to address policy and business challenges, and barriers to service access and program development. She’s also worked in science policy at the Council of Canadian Academies and as a Mitacs Science Policy Fellow.
Maria holds a PhD in cognitive neuroscience from the University of Guelph, and an MSc and HBA from McMaster University where she focused on human psychology and philosophy.