Maria P. P. Root, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, educator, and public speaker based in Seattle, Washington. Her areas of work include multiracial families, multiracial identity, cultural competence, trauma, work place harassment, and disordered eating. She is an international authority on mixed heritage identity, credited with publishing the first contemporary work on mixed-race people. She has presented lectures and training in various countries, both in and outside of academia.
She has edited two award-winning books on multiracial people and produced the Bill of Rights for Racially Mixed People. The U.S. Census referred to these two texts in the deliberations that resulted in a “check one or more races” format to the race question for the 2000 census.
Dr. Root is a former President of the Washington State Psychological Association. Currently she has her own private practice. She also sits on the advisory council of The Association of MultiEthnic Americans and the board of directors of The Mavin Foundation.