Research Interests

Patricia East is a developmental psychologist whose research focuses on behavioral pathways across development. Patricia is interested in child and adolescent development, cognitive and behavioral development, the effects of iron deficiency and high iron supplementation on development, and longitudinal studies and methods.


1986-89 Post-Doc University of California, Irvine, Program in Social Ecology
1986 Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, Human Development
1984 M.S. Pennsylvania State University, Human Development
1980 B.S. University of Denver, Major: Psychology

Honors and Awards

2009 Women Who Mean Business Award – Given by the San Diego Business Journal
2008 UCSD – University Wide Commitment to Diversity Award
2005 Who’s Who among American Women
2001, 2003 Who’s Who in America
2000, 2002 Who’s Who in the World
2001 Distinguished Scientist Lecture, University of Nebraska
1996 Distinguished Research Award by the California Wellness Foundation and The University of California
1992 – 1997 First Independent Research Support and Transition Award (R29)
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH
1987 – 1989 Natl Research Service Award, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, NIMH, (F32)
1986 – 1987 NIMH Postdoctoral Research Training Fellowship (T32)

Recent Publications

East, P., Lozoff, B., Blanco, E., Delker, E., Delva, J., Encina, P., & Gahagan, S. (2017). Infant iron deficiency, child affect, and maternal unresponsiveness: Testing the long-term effects of functional isolation. Developmental Psychology, 53, 2233-44.

East, P., Delker, E., Lozoff, B., Delva, J., Castillo, M., & Gahagan, S. (2017). Associations among infant iron deficiency, childhood emotion and attention regulation, and adolescent problem behaviors. Child Development.

East, P., Gahagan, S., & Al-Delaimy, W. (2017). The impact of refugee mothers’ trauma, posttraumatic stress, and depression on their children’s adjustment. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health,

Vasconcelos, M. M., East, P., Blanco, E., Lukacz, E. S., Caballero, G., Lozoff, B., & Gahagan, S. (2017). Early behavioral risks for childhood and adolescent daytime urinary incontinence and nocturnal enuresis. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 38(9),736-742.

Chang, J., East, P., Blanco, E., Kang-Sim, E., Castillo, M., Lozoff, B., & Gahagan, S. (2016). Obesity leads to declines in motor skills across childhood. Child: Care, Health and Development, 42 (3), 343-350.

Lee, J., East, P., Blanco, E., Kang-Sim, E., Castillo, M., Lozoff, B., & Gahagan, S. (2016). Early parenthood linked to new onset overweight or obesity among Chilean adolescents. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 28(2), 225-227.

East, P. L., & Hokoda, A. (2015). Risk and protective factors for sexual and dating violence victimization: A longitudinal, prospective study of Latino and African American adolescents. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 44, 1288-1300.

East, P. L., & Barber, J. S. (2014). High educational aspirations among pregnant adolescents are related to pregnancy unwantedness and subsequent parenting stress and inadequacy. Journal of Marriage and Family, 76, 652-664.

East, P.L., & Chien, N.C. (2013). Stress in Latino families following an adolescent’s childbearing: Effects on family relationships and siblings. Journal of Family Psychology, 27(2), 183-193.

East, P.L. (2013). Cohesive, trusting communities buoy at-risk youth throughout adolescence. Journal of Adolescent Health, 53, 1-2.

East, P.L., & Hamill, S. B. (2013). Sibling caretaking among Mexican American youth: Conditions that promote and hinder personal and school success. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 35(4), 542-564.

East, P.L., Chien, N.C., & Barber, J.S. (2012). Adolescents’ pregnancy intentions, wantedness, and regret: Cross-lagged relations with mental health and harsh parenting. Journal of Marriage and Family, 74(1), 167-185.

Chien, N. C., & East, P. L. (2012). The younger siblings of childbearing adolescents: Parenting influences on their academic and social-emotional adjustment. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 41(10), 1280-1293.

Barber, J. S., & East, P.L. (2011). Children’s experiences after the unintended birth of a sibling. Demography, 48, 101-125.

East, P. L., Slonim, A., Horn, E. J., & Reyes, B. T. (2011). Effects of adolescent childbearing on Latino siblings: Changes in family dynamics and feelings toward the teen mother. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 33(4), 540-557.

East, P.L. & Chien, N. C. (2010). Family dynamics across pregnant Latina adolescents’ transition to parenthood. Journal of Family Psychology, 24, 709-720.

East, P., Chien, N., Adams, J., Hokoda, A., & Maier, A. (2010). Links between sisters’ sexual and dating victimization: The roles of neighborhood crime and parental controls. Journal of Family Psychology, 24, 698-708.

East, P. L. (2010). Children’s provision of family caregiving: Benefit or burden? Child Development Perspectives, 4(1), 55-61.

Barber, J. S., & East, P. L. (2009). Home and parenting resources available to siblings depending on their birth intention status. Child Development, 80 (3), 921-939.

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