Maria Santiago-Valentín is a Learning Disabilities Consultant, Mindfulness Educator, Behavior Analysis Technician, and Ho’oponopono Certified. 23 years ago Maria worked on her masters’ thesis in literary translation about one of the co-Founders of la Créolité, Dr. Raphaël Confiant. She translated the first circle of Le Nègre et l'Amiral. She visited Martinique 3 times between 1996 and 1997 and found commonalities between Martinique and Puerto Rico about the process of racial integration, colorism, the economy in the 1940s, superstitions and magic, the illiterate and poor working class, the slums in PR and Martinique, and Christian traditions.
The difference was the use of Créole as a language of resistance, a phenomenon that did not happen in Puerto Rico. Her thesis was chosen for a 2019 Doctoral Project on Traductology at the Université de la Sorbonne -Paris 3 about Dr. Confiant, as a reference of the vocabulary, language, and sentence structures Maria used in her translation. https://www.worldcat.org/title/negro-y-el-almirante/oclc/41994179 From 2003 – 2007 Maria was one of the plaintiffs of the “Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding”. Maria presented her paper An Overview of the Neurological Base of Bipolar Disorder at the 2018 Global Mental Health Congress in Paris, France.
She is a doctoral candidate at Walden University. María’s eBook: Bipolar Disorder: Mindfulness, Medication, Digital Psychiatry, and Classroom Accommodations won 1st Place Special Needs/Disability Awareness at the 2019 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards. Maria collaborates with the Organization of Battered and Abused Individuals founded in Trinidad Tobago by Sherna Alexander Benjamin. She is an Honorary Member of the All Ladies League and the Woman Economic Forum. And an Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Psychiatry Research and Contributing Author at Thrive Global.