Mauricio received his B.A. in Psychology in 2011 at the Universidad Intercontinental, his M.A. in Measurement, Evaluation and Research Methodology (MERM) in 2015 at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and his PhD in MERM in 2020 at UBC. His research interests include validity evidence, item and response formats, online and electronic surveys, scaling of scores, data modeling, and innovative statistical methods. Mauricio is also interested in researching disparities among gender, sexual and racial minorities, sexual behavior, substance use, and mental health such as self-esteem, depression and anxiety. His current research focuses on the assessment of longitudinal effects of risk and protective factors in physical and mental health among youth.