Social Identity as Poor | Dr. Maria Cecilia Gastardo-Conaco


Dr. Maria Cecilia Gastardo-Conaco

DR. MARIA CECILA GASTARDO CONACO is currently Professor of Psychology at the University of the Philippines Department of Psychology in Diliman, Quezon City. She obtained her Ph.D. in (social) psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara under a Fulbright-Hayes fellowship. A Rockefeller grant supported her additional training for the certificate in political psychology from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. In 1991, she was awarded as one of the nation’s Outstanding Young Scientists by the National Academy of Science and Technology of the Philippines, and in 2013, she was given the achievement award for the social sciences by the National Research Council of the Philippines. She is one of the first psychologists to be registered by the Professional Regulatory Commission under the new Philippine psychology law.

Her research experience is broad and she has published on a variety of topics, including women’s health and sexuality, adolescent reproductive health, social identity and participation in social movements, cognitions of human rights, the psychology of poverty, digital influence, cross-cultural relations, and indigenous psychology.


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