Dr. Estefania Aldaba-Lim

Mental Health, Child Development, Women's Rights

Dr. Estefania Aldaba-Lim is a twentieth century psychologist. Her work added to the fields of mental health, clinical psychology, child development and she was a predominate women’s rights activist. She was born in 1917 in the Philippines, where she lived with her parents and 14 siblings! In 1936 she earned her bachelor’s degree in Education and her Master’s in Psychology in 1939 from the Philippine Women’s University. She moved to the United States to study at the University of Michigan, here she became the first Filipina to obtain a PhD in clinical psychology. When World War 2 broke out, Dr. Aldaba-Lim became concerned with the well being of children and the impact the war had on them and women. The world crisis inspired her to publish books on parenting and mental health. After returning to the Philippines, she founded the Philippine Mental Health Association in 1952 and later became the president of the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH). Her contributions towards the mental health field made a global impact and still benefit the field today.