Elizabeth Alderman founded the Peter C. Alderman Foundation (PCAF) in March 2003 with her husband Stephen, son Jeffrey and daughter Jane after the murder of her youngest child Peter on September 11, 2001. PCAF trained indigenous healthcare personnel in post-conflict countries to treat their populations suffering from traumatic depression and PTSD. PCAF has trained over 1,000 doctors, psychologists and other medical personnel from 22 countries on five continents.
Ms. Alderman has made numerous appearances on TV, including, NOW with Bill Moyers, the Today Show with Katie Couric, American Morning with Paula Zahn, ABC and NBC News, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and Nightline. She has contributed articles and letters on 9/11 issues to The Washington Post, The NY Times, and The New York Post. In 2004, she received Court TV’s “Everyday Heroes” Award. Elizabeth and her husband were awarded the 2009 Purpose Prize for their work and were presented the Presidential Citizens Medal by Barack Obama in 2011, the second highest honor awarded by the US Government to civilians.
Ms. Alderman taught mentally challenged and emotionally disturbed children for 10 years. Today, she writes and speaks frequently about global mental health. She also volunteers at a non-kill dog shelter where she has rediscovered joy.