For the next several months, the Monitor will feature psychology's leaders whose vision, time and financial support have made APF a major philanthropic organization for psychology.
Estefania Aldaba-Lim, PhD
"One strong motivation for my contributing to the APF Campaign for a New Era is my hope that I can help extend psychology to deserving young psychologists from developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. I met a number of them during my official visits to those countries in connection with my advocacy mission in my role as Special Envoy of the U.N. for the International Year of the Child, 1977-1979. I had meetings with IYC Commissions, first ladies, NGOs and volunteers involved in the preparation of action programs to improve the situation of children who are deprived of their rights to food, education, health, housing and so forth. I was inspired by our friends Henry and Tema David, whose APF international travel fund enables the best and brightest to attend APA meetings and training programs."
Aldaba-Lim received her PhD from the University of Michigan before returning to her native Philippine Islands, where she became the country's first female clinical psychologist in 1948. She was the first female cabinet member in the Philippines, serving from 1971 to 1977, before spending the next two years as the U.N. Special Representative, with the rank of assistant secretary general, for the International Year of the Child. She currently serves as founding president of the Museo Pambata, her country's first children's museum.