Paula MalonePresident's Award for Philanthropic Leadership
Paula Malone, Ph.D.


Paula Malone, Ph.D., has important advice to give to Adelphi students: Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box. Don’t be afraid to take a unique idea and carry it out to fruition. This makes the difference in a career path. By following her own wisdom, Dr. Malone has had a successful career in the challenging and rewarding field of child development.

With a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Temple University, Dr. Malone began her career at St. Christopher’s Hospital in Philadelphia, where she implemented a program for teenage parents and their infants within the public school district. She was later recruited by the duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, to establish their Child Development Center. While there, Dr. Malone instituted a highly successful trans-disciplinary approach to treating children with multiple developmental disabilities. Moving into the private sector, Dr. Malone developed a multi-disciplinary clinical practice to serve the mental health needs of children, families and adults.

Dr. Malone’s connection to Adelphi came through her grandson and the Alice Brown Early Learning Center. Upon visiting the facility, she was immediately impressed with the level of individual interaction the staff provided, and their respect and understanding of how each child processes and learns differently. The thoughtful way the center fosters in each child the strength to find their own voice was a sentiment that resonated with Paula. Her grandson has graduated from the center, and two more of Paula’s grandchildren currently attend. Since that first visit, she has been an enthusiastic supporter and generous donor of the ELC, and is personally committed to furthering the center’s bold mission to become an innovative leader in early child care and education best practices.

In retirement, Dr. Malone remains active in her field, by applying her skill set to a number of board appointments in the health industry. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, including her three children and six grandchildren. A licensed pilot, certified scuba diver and a world-traveller, she continues to think and live outside of the box.