Andrea Lane Eastman, PhD, MA
University of Southern California
Andrea is a Research Assistant Professor with the Children’s Data Network. Her research uses linked administrative data to document population-level racial and income disparities, evaluate program effectiveness, and answer policy-relevant questions concerning vulnerable youth in child protection and juvenile justice systems. Andrea secured two years of extramural funding through the competitive Doris Duke Dissertation Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-being. Her mixed-methods dissertation leveraged structured fields and accompanying case narratives from administrative records to develop new knowledge about children born to young mothers in foster care, including next-generation child protection involvement. Her scholarship is informed by previous experience at the California State Senate where she served as a legislative aide and committee consultant on several initiatives surrounding vulnerable youth.
What led you to this work?
Andrea worked as a legislative aide and committee consultant for California State Senator Carol Liu. Her responsibilities included drafting legislation related to women, children, and families. Prior to her legislative work, Andrea Lane worked as a trauma therapist trainee and treated clients that had been victims or perpetrators of sexual abuse while earning a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University.
What research questions are you currently working on answering or what are you most interested in answering?
Her mixed-methods dissertation leverages structured fields and accompanying case narratives from administrative records to develop new knowledge about children born to young mothers in foster care, including next-generation child protection involvement.