Julianna Deardorff PhD

Associate Professor
Community Health Sciences

  • Program Head of Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Program
  • Director of the MCHB Center of Excellence

Julianna Deardorff is an Associate Professor in the Division of Community Health Sciences, and head of the Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) program, whose research focuses on early life adversity, pubertal development, and the health and well-being of adolescents, with a specific focus on Latino youth and young adults.

Julianna Deardorff, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Division of Community Health Sciences and head of the Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health program, in the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley, where she teaches graduate level courses in Adolescent Health and Evaluation of Health and Social Programs. She is the Director of UC Berkeley’s MCHB-funded Center of Excellence. Julianna holds masters and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology, with an emphasis on adolescence, and completed her clinical internship at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University. Before joining the School of Public Health, she was Assistant Professor in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF. Julianna’s research focuses on pubertal development, sexual and reproductive health during adolescence and young adulthood, mental health, and related risk and protective factors, particularly among young Latinos in the US. She also has expertise in social and contextual factors related to early adversity, pubertal timing and health outcomes.

  • PhD – Clinical Psychology, Arizona State University, 2004
  • MA – Clinical Psychology, Arizona State University, 2000
  • BA – English Literature, UCLA, 1992
  • Pubertal development
  • Adolescent sexuality and reproductive health
  • Promotion of health, positive mental health, and well-being among
  • children and adolescents
  • Mexican-origin families and health behaviors
  • Stress and coping
  • Adolescent Health
  • Evaluation of Health and Social Programs
  • MCH Leadership
  • MCH Journal Club