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Elizabeth and Stephen Alderman
Co-founders of the Peter C. Alderman Foundation (PCAF)
Elizabeth Alderman and Dr. Stephen Alderman are the co-founders of the Peter C. Alderman Foundation (PCAF), a non-profit dedicated to rebuilding post-conflict societies by returning victims of terrorism and mass violence to productive lives.
The Aldermans established PCAF after the death of their 25 year-old son Peter on September 11, 2001. They decided to honor Pete’s memory by working to heal the invisible emotional wounds of survivors who are unable to live their lives because of crippling traumatic depression and PTSD.
PCAF has seven trauma clinics in post-conflict countries: in Cambodia, Uganda, and Liberia. PCAF has conducted trainings and workshops for thousands of mental health workers from around the world. More than 100,000 victims of terrorism and mass violence have been treated by PCAF-trained personnel or in PCAF clinics. Their partners include the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, Partners in Health, Uganda’s Makerere University and the Ministries of Health in each country in which PCAF operates.
The Aldermans received the 2011 Presidential Citizens Medal and the 2009 Purpose Prize for their work. They write and speak frequently about global mental health. To learn more about PCAF, go to pcaf.org