Mariafé Panizo is a doctoral student in the Combined Integrated Clinical and School Psychology program at James Madison University, Virginia. She is writing a dissertation on the Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy (IRT)’s conceptualization and treatment of personality disorders, under the supervision of Dr. Ken Critchfield. During her doctoral training, Mariafé has practiced at several clinical sites, including Western State Hospital, where she is developing an IRT curriculum for group therapy with patients with severe mental disorders. In the future, she wishes to continue working with severely mentally ill adults and other vulnerable populations. Mariafé is originally from Perú, where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. In 2010, she moved to the USA to pursue a Master’s in Psychological Sciences at James Madison University.