About Me


Photo courtesy: Maria Mendakiewicz

My name is Maja. I am a Marie-Sklodowska Curie research fellow at University of Amsterdam (Psychopathology and Development group). 

My research focuses on emotion regulation in youth with special emphasis on mindfulness, self-compassion, and new technologies.

My both personal and professional background is very diverse and interdisciplinary. I obtained an MA in Ergonomic and Psychology Engineering from the University of Rennes (2009) in France, then I got my PhD in Clinical Psychology in University of Castellon in Spain (2014).

For the last years my research was mainly focused on new technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality, and serious games used for clinical and health interventions. A part of my research work I am also a certified mindfulness trainer. I am working with youth, parents, and educators. Recently,  Marie-Sklodowska Curie grant allowed me to combine my 3 main interests: clinical research, work with youth on mindfulness and self-compassion, and new technologies in one project- PEACEFUL MIND.

My research is mainly an experimental research in the lab or school context, with the goal to provide a real-world, evidence-based strategies as a “mini” interventions or validated components of  interventions.

In this way I hope to contribute in a creation of  individualized and efficient “toolbox” for our children and their parents, so they can go and experience the world that is waiting for them in a most enriching way.