Maria del Pilar Grazioso, Ph.D.

Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
Directora Doctorado en Psicología Aplicada
18 Avenida 11-95 Zona 15. Vista Hermosa III, of. G203


Proyecto Aiglé Guatemala, Psicoterapeuta y Evaluadora
20 Avenida 3-21 zona 15 Vista Hermosa I casa D

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María del Pilar Grazioso is currently the director of the Doctoral Program in Applied Psychology at Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and co-coordinates Proyecto Aiglé Guatemala.   After graduating as an elementary teacher from Instituto de la Asunción in 1977 she initiated her teaching career working in elementary and secondary schools.   She pursued higher education at Universidad del Valle de Guatemala graduating as ¨licenciada en Psicología¨ a professional licensure degree that entitled her to practice Psychology in Guatemala.  Marrying a pediatrician  with whom she shared the dream of pursuing professional, research, and academic developments, she moved to Houston where she worked at the Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics, Texas Children´s Hospital at Baylor College of Medicine as psychological examiner and obtained a masters degree in Educational and Developmental Psychology at University of Houston.  

Upon her return to Guatemala, while raising three children, she began her private practice as school and developmental psychologist and later, began her career in higher education serving in different positions at Universidad del Valle de Guatemala such as dean of college of social sciences, dean of the university college, director of the department of psychology, the master’s program in counseling psychology and later the doctoral program in applied psychology.   She has taught, supervised clinical and community internships, advised and mentor in areas related to gender, violence prevention, multicultural and community psychology, supervision, clinical training, mental health, counseling, wellbeing, and ethics.

Her doctoral education included combining academic training in Arizona State University, University of California Santa Barbara, Universidad Maimónides, Argentina and Fundación Aiglé Argentina, obtaining her doctoral degree in Psychology from Universidad Nacional de San Luis, Argentina.  She received training in Couples and Family Psychotherapy from the Ackerman Institute for the Family and Fundación Aiglé Argentina and currently co-coordinates Proyecto Aiglé Guatemala offering different services in mental health and psychotherapy.

Her work has been recognized by awards presented by national and international psychological and counseling associations such as the American Counseling Association, Colegio de Psicólogos de Guatemala, the XXXII Interamerican Congress of Psychology, and Division 52 of the American Psychological Association.

She has served in different national and international leadership positions as coordinating congresses, scientific and ethical committees, and international research and intervention projects, both in rural and urban areas.

She has authored, reviewed, edited and co-edited articles, chapters, books and most recently served as associate editor of the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies.