Martha Givaudan

Mentor Scientific Advisory Network
Executive Vice President, IMIFAP A.C., Mexico

Dr. Givaudan received her doctoral degree in Research and Evaluation of Health Prevention Programs from Tilburg University in The Netherlands. She earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Psychology from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She is a specialist in clinical psychology in the area of child development. Dr. Givaudan began her career at the National Institute of Perinatology researching neonatal behavior. Currently, she is a member of the National System of Researchers and executive vice president of the Mexican Institute for Family and Population Research (IMIFAP), where she has worked since 1989.

Dr. Givaudan serves as the principal investigator and project director for a series of projects on diagnostic research, implementation and evaluation of programs on life skills, health education, prevention and sustainable human development. She has coordinated the application of national opinion surveys with respect to health and education in schools which have been used as the basis for public policy.

Based on research findings, she has authored or co-authored over 50 educational materials including school textbooks for children and training manuals in life skills and health education. She has developed the life skills and health education program Yo quiero, yo puedo (My life, my voice) for preschool and secondary school levels in addition to didactic materials for teachers and parents. She is author of the Civics and Ethics Training textbook used within the Mexican national public school system for the promotion of health, substance abuse prevention and citizenship training as well as videos and an interactive computer program on AIDS prevention. Dr. Givaudan has also authored and co-authored more than 30 articles that have been published in academic journals and chapters in specialized books.

Dr. Givaudan is a member of the National System of Researchers and part of the Executive Board to the International Association of Applied Psychology. She has also served as vice president of the Inter-American Psychology Association. She currently acts as coordinator for the World Youth Network under the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Mexico and Central America and is a member of the Mentor Foundation's Scientific Advisory Network dedicated to substance abuse prevention at the international level. She received the American Association of Psychology (APA) Non-US Outstanding International Psychologist Award of 2007 and Special Recognition from the Division of Peace Psychology of the APA in 2008. Currently, she is the executive vicepresident of IMIFAP, a Mexican NGO.