Emee Vida Estacion finished her BSc Psychology degree from University of the Philippines, Diliman. She graduated magna cum laude then moved to United Kingdom to do her MSc and PhD in Health Psychology both at City University London. As a student, Estacio worked as a research assistant for various health promotion projects; as a charity fundraiser for Oxfam, the Association for International Cancer Research and the Royal Horticultural Society; as a volunteer for CRIBS Philippines and Save the Children UK; as a visiting lecturer and dissertation supervisor for postgraduate students at City University London; and as editorial assistant for the Journal of Health Psychology. She also collaborated with the Popular Education for People’s Empowerment on an action research project with the indigenous Ayta community in the Philippines. At age 24, she completed her PhD and then worked as health promotion fellow at the Institute for Health and Human Development where she project managed various NHS-funded community needs assessments and evaluation of health improvement programmes. In 2009, Estacio was appointed lecturer at the School of Psychology at Keele University.
Estacio is a health psychologist who specialises in health promotion and community development. She considers herself as a scholar-activist and engages in campaigns for the protection of children’s rights, gender equality, widening participation and health literacy. As part of her PhD, she explored the impact of material deprivation and social exclusion on health and well-being. As part of this project, she facilitated a participatory action research with the indigenous Ayta community to develop an alternative learning system (ALS) to enhance literacy and community capabilities and thereby improve health. The project involved collaboration with NGOs, local and national government units. In the process, a community literacy centre was built, a pool of Ayta leaders was organised and a multi-purpose cooperative programme was established. In 2008, she also became actively involved in a campaign against racist humour in the media.
Credits to Keele University
Published: 01 September 2014
Last update: 04 April 2015