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Ma. Cecilia Gastardo-Conaco

Psychologist, Outstanding Young Scientists (1991)

Expertise: Psychology, Social Psychology

Dr. Cecilia Gastardo-Conaco is recognized for education and research, Christine Cabahug-Ruedas for social change and advocacy, and Azucena Legaspi-Pace for culture and heritage. Faithful to UP’s dictum of honor and excellence, Conaco is no stranger to awards. A BA Psychology graduate, cum laude, from UP Diliman, she was an East-West and Fullbright scholar, and obtained her Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of California in Santa Barbara. Conaco has held several professorial chairs and faculty grants, and was among the “Outstanding Young Scientists” awarded by the National Academy of Science and Technology in 1991. In 2013 she received the Achievement Award from the National Research Council of the Philippines, and the special citation from the Professsional Regulatory Board of Psychology for her exemplary contributions to the profession of psychology. Her list of publications, extension services, consultancies and scholarly papers since 1990 here in the Philippines, Europe and the Asean countries can leave us breathless. Ruedas finished her high school and college studies at UP College Cebu where she first felt the desire to help persons with disabilities. She naturally gravitated to activities providing rehabilitation services in the barangays of Mandaue, Talisay, Cebu and Danao, and partnered with different church-based clinics. Asked if she could sit as incoming UPAA president, she declined because her work demands much moving around. This includes her involvement with the therapy center CHAMPS, short for Children and Adults in a Multitude of Play. CHAMPS is a CHED-accredited non-profit community-based rehabilitation center set up in 2012. Its services include physical and occupational rehab, speech therapy, special education, counseling, and medical and surgical assistance. Presently the community extension director at Velez College, she is an active wheelchair service provider, in response to the World Health Organization’s initiative on assistive technology. Pace is a BA in English with major in journalism graduate of UP Diliman. Prior to her permanent residency in Barili, Pace was an extensive traveler, whether for personal or official purposes, covering all five out of seven continents.

Affiliation

Asso. Professor, Dept. of Psychology, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City

Association

    • American Psychology Society, Member
    • American Psychological Association, Foreign Affiliate
    • Psychological Association of the Philippines, Member
    • Pambansang Samahan sa Sikolohiyang Pilipino, Member
    • National Research Council of the Philippines, Associate Member
    • Philippine Fulbright Scholars Association, Member
    • International Association of East-West Center Alumni, Member

Employment

    • University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD), Associate Professor, 1989
    • University of California, Santa Barbara, Teaching Assistant, 1988-1989
    • University of the Philippines, Diliman, Assistant Professor, 1981-1989
    • University of the Philippines, Diliman, Instructor, 1976-1980
    • University of the Philippines, Diliman, Lecturer, 1974-1975
    • Dept. of Psychology, University of the Philippines,Diliman, Assistant Chairman for Undergraduate Studies, 1983-1984

Award

    • Fellowship, University of California, Santa Barbara, California, USA, 1988-1989
    • Fullbright-Hays Fellowship, University of the Philippines, 1985-1989
    • Junior Faculty Fellowship, University of the Philippines, 1984
    • East West Center Research Internship, East West Center Population Institute, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1978-1979
    • Elected Member, Phi Kappa, University of the Philippines, 1974
    • Pi Gamma Mu Social Science Honor Society Elected Member, University of the Philippines, 1974
    • Pi Gamma Mu Social Science Honors Society Fellowship. University of the Philippines, University of the Philippines, 1971
    • Insular Life Educational Foundation Scholarship , University of the Philippines, 1970-1974
    • Outstanding Young Scientist Award (Psychology), National Academy of Science and Technolgy (NAST)-DOST, 1991

Research

    • Research on group polarization [Completed]
    • Research on shared category memberships and persuasion [Completed]
    • Study on the knowledge, attitudes, practices and behavior related to HIV and AIDS among prostitutes in Metro Manila Area. [Completed]
    • Research survey on marital infidelity [Completed]
    • Philippines for the five country (ASEAN) study on ethnicity and fertility [Completed]

Papers Presented

    • Complex Social Categories, Psychological Association of the Philippines Annual Convention, Manila, Philippines
    • Processing Persuasive Messages from Ingroup and Outgroup members , American Psychological Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • The Impact of Importance Accorded an Issue on Attitude Inferences, Western Psychological Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, California
    • Marital Infidelity: Two Sides of the Coin, Psychological Association of the Philippines Annual Convention, Manila, Philippines
    • Cultural Definitions of Insanity in the Philippines, Psychological Association of the Philippines Annual Convention, Manila, Philippines
    • Sex and the Single Filipina, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Manila
    • Report Writing, Law and Society Research Workshop, UP Law Center, Quezon City

Education

    • University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines, Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), 1974
    • University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines, Master of Arts (Psychology), 1980
    • University of California, Santa Barbara, California, USA, Ph.D. in Social Psychology, 1989

Publication

    • Mackie, D., Gastardo-Conaco, M.C., (1988) The impact of importance accorded an issue on attitude inferences
    • Journal of Experimental Psychology Volume 24
    • Gastardo-Conaco, M.C., Ramos Jimenez, P., (1986) Ethnicity and fertility in the Philippines
    • Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
    • Gilandas, A.J., Gastardo-Conaco, M.C., Sevilla, J.C., (1982) Sex and the single Filipina: The Omega Women
    • Philippine Education Company
    • Lazo, L., Gastardo-Conaco, M.C., Sycip, L.M., (1977) Personality, stereotypes and attitudes
    • Stereotype, Status, and Satisfaction: The Filipina among Filipinos, Social Research Laboratory, University of the Philippines, (R.A. Bulatao, ed.)
    • Gastardo-Conanco, M.C., Skelly, J.J., Mackie, D.M., (In press) Knowledge of the advocated position and processing ingroup and outgroup persuasive arguments
    • Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin

Trainings

    • Methods of Advanced Social Research, 1983, University of the Philippines
    • Recent Developments in the Social Sciences, 1982, NRCP, Baguio City
    • Development Planning and the Roles and Status of Women in the Philippines, 1981, Quezon City
    • Ethnicity and Fertility in Southeast Asia, 1981, Singapore
    • Seminar in Child Psychology: the Filipino Child in Contemporary Society, 1982, Quezon City
    • Development Planning and the Roles and Status of Women in the Philippines, 1981, Quezon City
    • Ika-12 ng Sem. sa Sikolohiya ng Wika: Kasalukuyang Kalakaran ng mga Pagsusuri sa Sikolohiya ng Wika, 1981, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City
    • Ethnicity and Fertility in Southeast Asia, 1980, Singapore
    • UNESCO-PSSC Seminar-Workshop on Mathematics for the Social Sciences, 1980, Manila
    • Fifth Conference on Philippine Psychology: Philippine Psychology for Rural Development, 1979, Divine Word University, Tacloban, Leyte
    • Value of Children, Tenth Summer Seminar, East-West Population Institute, 1979, Honolulu
    • Seminar-Workshop on Gestalt Therapy, 1977, Caliraya, Laguna
    • Social Science Conference, 1977, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City
    • Seminar-Workshop on Research and Statistics, 1990, Bukidnon State College, Malaybalay, Bukidnon