“Marifer” María Fernanda Busqueta Mendoza, MA
Certified Child Life Specialist
Clinical and Health Psychologist
Adjunct and associate professor of Universidad Anahuac and Universidad La Salle
Diploma in Pediatric Psychooncology
Researcher in collaboration with Universidad Anahuac Center of Psychology Research
Head of the Pediatric Psychology and Child Life Department
María Fernanda Busqueta (“Marifer”) grew up in Mexico City. As a child, she always played and dreamed about helping others, particularly in health-related situations. Her passion for caring for others in combination with her interest in medicine led her to pursue an education focused on healthcare and psychology.
After receiving a bachelor´s degree in psychology at Universidad Anáhuac México-Norte in Mexico City in 2006, Miss Busqueta earned a master´s degree in clinical psychology and psychotherapy and completed a postgraduate course in brief psychotherapy in 2008.
Miss Busqueta began work as a pediatric psychologist establishing the first ever psychosocial support program at the pediatric unit of Hospital Español in Mexico City. The program was so successful that Miss Busqueta expanded services to create a formal psychology department.
In addition to her hospital based work, Miss Busqueta uses her skills as a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist to work with children and adults in her private practice. As a pioneer in the field, Miss Busqueta is also a student supervisor at her hospital, a local lecturer and a college professor at Universidad Anáhuac.
Upon learning of the Child Life profession, Miss Busqueta immediately began seeking a higher level of knowledge by studying its’ modalities and attending conferences in the U.S. In order to have a formal introduction to the profession, she completed a child life internship at Texas Children´s Hospital in Houston and upon completion of that internship become a Child Life Specialist.
Her hard work paid off and Miss Busqueta is now delighted to be able to provide additional support to her patients by blending psychology and child life practices into her professional practice. She enjoys working as a pediatric psychologist because it puts her in close contact with the needs of hospitalized children and their families. Her passion and love for her profession is her everyday satisfaction.