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.

Scientific Director

PhD in Health Sciences. Diploma of Advanced Studies in Public Health. Master in Public Health and Health Management. Specialist in Hospital Management. Specialist in Quality Management in Health Services. She is currently the Scientific Director of Matia Instituto. Her main interest...

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...

Directora técnica, Pura Diaz-Veiga

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...


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...

Erkuden Aldaz

He 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 (...

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...

Elena del Barrio

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...

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....

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...