María Fernández teaches at Universidad de Burgos.
She is the main researcher in the group TFS-Terapia, Familia y Salud –a group associated to Polibienestar– at the same university.
She has got a PhD in Education Sciences at Universidad de Salamanca and a Degree in Teaching at Universidad de León. She has long experience as a family counsellor and is an expert in systemic interventions (qualified by Federación Española de Asociaciones de Terapia Familiar, FEATF).
Her research is focused on family counselling and attention to diversity at school. She has published several papers on this topic and taken part in some research projects, having a research record of a six-year period.
She was a visiting researcher at Rowan University (New Jersey, USA), Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) and Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal).
She was a family counsellor at the paediatric care in Hospital “Pío del Río Hortega” in Valladolid and coordinated self-help groups for some institions like the Spanish Ministry of Defense.
She is currently researching on the needs of pupils suffering from Huntington’s disease and the role teachers can play.