Maria Vergara

Research Assistant, HIAS

Maria is a clinical psychologist committed to humanitarian work with vulnerable populations (people deprived of liberty and their family, people with psychiatric pathologies, and people facing social and gender violations). She has experience in research, field work and crisis intervention, and is passionate about social psychology. She is an adaptable, perceptive, responsible, and organized person with analytical and critical capacity.


Professional Expertise


Psychology, Social work, Social and behavioral sciences


Common mental health conditions, Displaced population health, migration/refugee issues, Gender-based violence and intimate partner violence, Non-communicable diseases, Severe mental health conditions, Security and safety issues/protection, Stress and coping

Methodological Areas

Human-centered design/design thinking/innovation techniques, Intervention development and testing, Large database analytics, Research evaluation methods, Social network analyses, Systematic review/metaanalyses, Theory of change/logic models

Strategies expertise

Advocacy, Decision supports, Health promotion, Partnership development, Task shifting/sharing

Intervention Expertise

Anti-stigma interventions, Mental health awareness/promotion, Family interventions, Psychosocial skills, Support groups, Problem solving therapy, Interpersonal therapy, Mindfulness/meditation

Partnership Expertise

Community-based organizations/coalitions, Hospitals/health systems, International NGOs, Schools and universities