ADAPTA FOUNDATION was created in 2007 with the following aims included in its statutes:
1. The improvement of the quality of life of individuals with autism and/or learning difficulties, supporting the creation of technological tools aimed at the education, communication and/or selfdetermination of people with this condition, the management of centres or services where these people are looked after, and the training of the professionals who work with them.
2. To promote scientific research about the qualities, potential and effective benefits of these technologies in the life of individuals with autism and/or learning difficulties.
3. Cooperation with developing countries in relation to the first two aims.
Patricia has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (University of Valencia, 2008), a Master’s in Methodology and Statistics for Behavioural and Health Sciences (National Distance Learning University, the Complutense University of Madrid and the Autonomous University of Madrid, 2016), a Master’s in Education specialising in Educational Psychology (International University of La Rioja, 2019) and a PhD in Developmental Psychology (University of Valencia, 2017).
Patricia obtained a pre-doctoral scholarship (University of Valencia, 2012-2016) to do a thesis at ADAPTA Lab (University Research Institute on Robotics and Information and Communication Technologies), where she investigated the effectiveness of the use of technologies such as tablet applications and augmented reality software to improve social and adaptive skills in children and adults with autism and intellectual disability.
Between 2016 and 2017 she worked at the Research Structure for Reading (Faculty of Psychology, University of Valencia) designing and implementing research studies using eye-tracking systems to evaluate reading comprehension skills in children with autism and storytelling skills in children with Down Syndrome.
Currently, she collaborates with ADAPTA Foundation conducting systematic reviews, evaluating Evidence-Based Practices and designing single-subject experimental designs to be conducted in real-world settings in the field of autism and technologies.
At the IVRAP project, her main contribution is to develop a Massive Open Online Course on Virtual Reality and Autism in collaboration with the University of the West of England, Bristol.