At the Matia Gerontological Institute, we work with professionals from all areas related to gerontology, collaborating in the development of our unique management model, which is the distinguishing feature of the Matia Foundation..

A team of professionals with proven experience and the aim of providing the best medical and human care for both patients and families.

Together we are Matia.

Elena del Barrio
Co-director - Researcher

Degree in Sociology (UCM, 1998-2002) and Master in Social Gerontology (UAM, 2003-2004). Postgraduate fellow at UAM (2004-2005). Predoctoral fellow at the CSIC (2005-2008). In 2008 she worked as Technician in the “Elderly Portal” (IMSERSO-CSIC). From June 2008, she has been working at...

Erkuden Aldaz
Co-director - Researcher

She has a degree in Social Work from the Public University of Navarra (2004) and a licentiate in Psychology from the University of the Basque Country (2009). She earned a Master’s in “Psychology: Individual, group, organisation and culture" from the University of the Basque Country (...

Mayte Sancho
Expert in gerontological planning

Licentiate in Psychology from the Complutense University of Madrid in 1975, Master's in Social Gerontology from the Autonomous University of Madrid in 1991. She has a long career including working at the IMSERO Body of Social Security Management, as the OECD Expert on Social...


Degree in Psychology from the University of the Basque Country in 2013, Official Master's Degree in Psychogerontology from the University of Barcelona in 2015 and other specialization courses in Emotional Intelligence (2015) and Systemic Therapy (2017). She has worked in different...

Ainara Tomasena

Ainara Tomasena earned a degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Zaragoza in 2002. In 2003 she earned her Masters in Social Gerontology. She has worked as an occupational therapist in gerontology centres, Osakidetza and the Department of Education of the Basque...

Fotografía de Pura Diaz-Veiga
Knowledge Dissemination Advisor

Pura Diaz Veiga earned a licentiate in Psychology from the Autonomous University of Madrid in 1979. In 1985, she earned the Degree and in 2004, the Diploma of Advanced Studies. She has participated in several Research projects related to gerontology and disability. She has taught...

Fotografía de Heitor Lantarón
Head of Architectural Design and researcher at Matia Institute

Specialist in Aging, Ph.D. Architect from the Technical School of Architecture of Madrid (ETSAM) of the Polytechnic University (UPM), with a Ph.D. Thesis on Housing Models for the Elderly. He is currently Head of Architectural Design at Matia Institute and is located between San...


PhD in Health Psychology from th Autonomous University of Madrid, with the doctoral thesis "Evaluation and conceptualization of cognitive functioning in advanced Alzheimer's disease", Master in Gerontology from the University of the Basque Country, Master in Clinical Neuropsychology...

Miren Iturburu

Miren Iturburu Yarza: Licentiate in Chemistry from the University of the Basque Country in 1989. Career as a specialist and researcher for the development and innovation of printing inks in private industry (Hunolt, S.A.). In 2007, she shifted her career towards the field of ageing....

Head of Community Cooperation

Diploma in Social Work from the University of the Basque Country in 1997 and Degree in Social Work from the UNED in 2017 Specialisation in gerontology and psychogeriatrics (Matia Fundazioa 2001). University specialist in direction and management of gerontological and socio-health...

Sara Marsillas

PhD in Psychology from Santiago de Compostela University in 2016 and a Master's degree in Organizational Psychology, Forensic Law and Social Intervention in 2012. In 2015, granted by the Barrié Foundation for a stay in the Belgian Ageing Studies research group at the Vrije...

Álvaro García

Doctorate in Psychology from the Autonomous University of Madrid (2013), Master's in Behaviour Therapy from the Therapeutic Institute in Madrid in 2006, he has worked as a researcher at the Autonomous University of Madrid and as a collaborator on projects with the King Juan Carlos...

Penélope Castejón

Degree in Sociology from the Complutense University of Madrid (2004), Specialist in Applied Social Research and Data Analysis from the CIS (2006) and Expert in Management and Planning of Gerontological Resources from the Complutense University of Madrid (2005). Professionally...


Nerea Galdona has her doctorate in Psychology from the University of the Basque Country (2011). Licentiate in Psychology, Master's in Psychosocial Intervention in Psychosocial Gerontology (2002) and Master's in Social Technology from the University of the Basque Country (2006). His...

Administrative assistant

Mertxe Sánchez earned a degree as a Specialist in Business and Tourist Activities from the School of Tourism of San Sebastián (University of Deusto) in 1991. In 1996, she earned the degree of Secretariat of Business from Nazaret Zentroa. Throughout her career, she has worked in...


Researcher at Matia Institute. Psychologist (Universidad País Vasco, 1999). Specialist in Management and Direction of Social and Health Resources (UCM ,2000). Specialist in Psychosocial Intervention in Gerontology (Matia Fundazioa, 2003). Master in General Health Psychology (at...


Laura Fernández is a Sociocultural Anthropologist and works as a social researcher at the Institute. Professionally linked to the world of functional diversity since 2002, she has developed her activity mainly within the Third Sector, managing projects related to the areas of...


Graduated in Psychology from the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU) in 2016, Interuniversity Master in Psychogerontology from the University of Salamanca (USAL) in 2017. She has worked as a psychologist and psychosocial intervention monitor in gerontological centers. She is...


International PhD in sociology, specialized in collaborative systems, IAP and Lean methodologies, sociology of emotions and feminist gerontology. Co-author of the book "Arquitecturas del cuidado: hacia un envejecimiento activista" and author of the thesis "Estrategias colectivas de...


Degree in Psychology from the University of the Basque Country (2008). She has been working for the Matia Foundation for 12 years as a psychologist and instructor, as well as implementing ACP in different residential centers. Currently she is also involved in training projects.....

Researcher and Professor at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid

D. in Sociology and associate professor of the Department of Sociology V of the UCM. Specialized in qualitative research and ethnographic documentary. Author and co-author of several publications and documentary videos, his lines of work revolve around issues related to care,...