Maria Tereza Maldonado, M. A. is a Brazilian psychologist who lives in Rio de Janeiro, and is specialized in couples and family therapy.
She has been faculty in the Department of Psychology - Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro, and coordinated psychology teams working together with other health professionals in general and private hospitals; she volunteers in social projects of two NGOs dedicated to the empowerment of low-income communities; she also works as a consultant and lecturer all over Brazil, including consultation for schools to reinforce antibullying strategies. She has 40 books published and 56 papers published in professional journals. Besides Portuguese, her native language, she speaks English, Spanish and French.
Some of her books focus on the different stages of the life cycle, from pregnancy to old age, in several family organizations (single, married, divorced, widowed, remarried, adoptive parents). In every stage of the life cycle, her concern is to enrich communication resources to promote harmonious relationships in everyday life. Some of her books offer practical suggestions to open new pathways in family, social and professional relationships. Others were written to teenagers and are recommended by a number of Brazilian schools: by means of attractive stories they encourage the active participation of youngsters in volunteer work and environmental preservation projects.
In a broader context of her work as a psychotherapist, consultant and lecturer, Ms. Maldonado works in violence prevention through peace building in its three dimensions (inner peace, peace with others and peace with the environment, which includes active participation in social projects, programs of sustainable development, environmental education). She is mostly concerned in contributing to the formation of a new generation of non-violent human beings, involved in "solidarity networks" in the search of building a better world with more social justice.