Julianna Deardorff

Research Expertise and Interest

adolescent health, puberty, sexual development, cultural factors, contextual factors, community-engaged research/scholarship, community-based research partnerships

Research Description

Dr. Deardorff’s research focuses on early adversity, adolescent development and risk and protective factors for negative health outcomes. She is particularly interested in health and mental health among Latinx youth and young adults. Her research currently focuses on the contribution of early life stress, family contextual factors, and cultural context to Mexican-origin youths' developmental trajectories and sex and substance use outcomes.

In the News

New Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Program grant will serve underrepresented undergrads at Berkeley Public Health

To boost the number of students from underrepresented backgrounds in the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) field and improve conduits to the MCH workforce, UC Berkeley’s Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Program at the School of Public Health has been awarded the MCH Leadership, Education, and Advancement in Undergraduate Pathways (LEAP) Training Program grant through the Maternal and Child Health Bureau within the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.

Father absence linked to earlier puberty among certain girls

Girls in homes without a biological father are more likely to hit puberty at an earlier age, according to a new study led by researchers at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. The findings held only for girls in higher income households, and even after the girls’ weight was taken into account

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