16-year-old Dafne Almazán, psychologist. 16-year-old Dafne Almazán, psychologist.

At 16, psychologist is world’s youngest

Dafne Almazán is now off to law school, and aims to have a doctorate in two years

The youngest psychologist in the world has earned a master’s degree at age 16, and is now planning to earn a doctorate in a completely different discipline by the time she turns 18.


Dafne Almazán Anaya received her degree in psychology two years ago from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Studies (ITESM). This week, she concluded her postgraduate studies, earning a master’s degree from the same school in education and teaching mechanisms.

The teenager’s thesis focused on the teaching of mathematics to gifted children at the elementary school level.

Almazán is now planning to enroll in law school and plans on finishing — with a doctorate — in two years.

Her family is used to gifted children and their achievements. Her older siblings, Andrew and Delany, became psychologists at 16 and 17.

Dafne Almazán was recognized as gifted at four years old, but showed signs that she was learning to read and write on her own at two.

“There still exists social pressure that says at three years old a child should only play, but [that was when] we started to teach [Dafne] subjects from medicine, my area of study,” Andrew told the news website Sin Embargo.

She completed nine years of primary and secondary school studies in just two years. At eight she enrolled in a preparatory school course, finishing in two years, one year ahead of time.

Source: Sin Embargo (sp)

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  • Kaushik Akabari

    its wonder. respect to dis girl and her Talent and tendency to do something special which no one can think at this age at least

  • WestCoastHwy

    Not to deduce the obvious, but as with all things Mexican, women need to preform in order to advance. Of which the only constructive thing that is available today is to extort appropriated monies in the school system. The primary facilitation within Mexican culture prohibits social advancement. Maybe Miss smarty pants can change all that of which us gringos can stop (this is Mexico).

    • Geoffrey Rogg

      Que diablos quiere decir? What the devil are your trying to say?

      • Adam Simpson

        I understood him to say that he is hoping this will help move Mexican culture towards one that allows woman to advance more easily.

      • WestCoastHwy

        If you don’t understand something please don’t be afraid of it!

    • miguel

      Not that American women have it easy, you gringos are as stupid as the Mexicans macho men you also degradate women ,maybe more than us right now you have a president who grab pussies rember ?

      • WestCoastHwy

        I’m going to put on a pair of killer heal and show you who’s the pussy, ”

        Designer’s new heels hide means of defense.”

  • Joshua Rodriguez

    Brilliant Mexican girl

  • Geoffrey Rogg

    It would be interesting to see her ancestry. I am pretty sure it would be revealing.