Maria is a  Postdoctoral Fellow working with Ryerson University and Sonova. She completed her Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in psychology at the University of Toronto, where she conducted research in the area of social psychology, focusing primarily on research related to stigma. Currently, Maria is focusing on the social psychology of hearing loss and hearing rehabilitation. In particular, Maria plans to examine factors relevant for patient-client trust and its effects on hearing aid uptake. Maria is also investigating psychological predictors of changes in help-seeking behaviours in audiology.