Julianna Deardorff PhD

Associate Professor, Maternal and Child Health Program
King Sweesy and Robert Womack Endowed Chair in Medical Science and Public Health
  • PH 210B: Adolescent Health
  • PH 218B: Evaluation of Health and Social Programs
Research Interests: 
  • Pubertal development
  • Adolescent sexuality and reproductive health
  • Promotion of positive mental health among children and adolescents
  • Latina families and health behaviors
  • Stress and coping
Selected Publications: 

Deardorff, J., Tschann, J. M., De Groat, C., Flores, E., Steinberg, J., & Ozer, E. (in press). Sexual values and condom negotiation strategies among young adult Latinos. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Deardorff, J., *Suleiman, A., Dal Santo, T., Flythe, M., Gurdin, J.B., & Eyre, S. (2013, e-pub ahead of print). Reasons for sex among lower income African American young adult women. Health Education and Behavior.

Biro, F., & Deardorff, J. (2013). Identifying opportunities for cancer prevention during pre-adolescence and adolescence: Puberty as a window of susceptibility. Journal of Adolescent Health, 52(5 Suppl), S15-S20.

Tschann, J. M., Gregorich, S. E., *Penilla, C., Pasch, L. A., de Groat, C. L., Flores, E., Deardorff, J., Greenspan, L. C., & Nancy F Butte (2013). Parental Feeding Practices in Mexican American Families: Initial Test of an Expanded Measure. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 10, 6.

*Cohen, A. K., Rehkopf, D. H., Deardorff, J., & Abrams, B. (2013). Educational attainment and obesity among American adults: A new look. Social Science and Medicine, 78, 34-41.

*Brown, M., Eyre, S., Auserwald, C., Deardorff, J., & Dehlendorf, C. (2013). Use of intrauterine contraception among nulliparous adolescents: A qualitative approach to identifying counseling needs.In press, Journal of Adolescent Health, 52(3), 293-300

Deardorff, J., Cham, H., Gonzales, N. A., White, Rebecca M. B., Tein, J. Y, Wong, J., & Roosa, M. W. (2012, e-pub ahead of print). Pubertal timing and Mexican American girls' internalizing and externalizing symptoms: The influence of harsh parenting. In press, Developmental Psychology.

Deardorff, J., *Berry Millet, R., Rehkopf, D., *Lueke, E., Lahiff, M., & Abrams, B. (2012, e-pub ahead of print). Maternal pre-pregnancy BMI, gestational weight gain, and age at menarche in daughters. In press, Maternal and Child Health Journal.

*Kagan, S., Deardorff, J., McCright, J., Lightfoot, M., Lahiff, M., & Lipman, S. A. (2012). Hopelessness and sexual risk behavior among adolescent African American males living in a low-income urban community: Research brief. American Journal of Men's Health, 6, 395-399.

*Lessard, L., Karasek, D., Ma, S., Darney, P., Deardorff, J., Lahiff, M. & Foster, D. G. (2012). Contraceptive features preferred by women at high risk of unintended pregnancy. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 44(3), 194-200.

White, R. M. B., Deardorff, J., Gonzales, N. A., & Roosa, M. W. (2012). The impact of pubertal timing on Mexican American girls' depressive symptoms. Journal of Adolescent Health, 50, 565-571.

Deardorff, J., *Fyfe, M., *Ekwaru, J. P., Greenspan, L. C., Kushi, L. H., & Yen, I. H. (2012). Does neighborhood environment influence girls' pubertal onset?: Findings from a cohort study. BMC Pediatrics,12(1):27.

*Young, M. E., Deardorff, J., *Stearns, K., Lahiff, M. & Ozer, E. (2011). Sexual Abuse in Childhood and Adolescence and the Risk of Early Pregnancy Among Women Ages 18-22. Journal of Adolescent Health, 49(3): 287-293.

Deardorff, J., *Ekwaru, P. J., Kushi, L. H., Ellis, B. J., Greenspan, L. C., Landaverde, E. G., Mirabedi, A. & Hiatt, R. A. (2011). Father absence, BMI, and pubertal timing in girls: Differential effects by family income and ethnicity. Journal of Adolescent Health, 48(5), 441-7.

Ellis, B. J., Shirtcliff, E., Boyce, W. T., Deardorff, J., & Essex, M. (2011). Quality of early family relationships and the timing and tempo of puberty: Effects depend on biological sensitivity to context. Development and Psychopathology, 23, 85-99.

Tschann, J. M., Flores, E., De Groat, C. L, Deardorff, J., & Wibbelsman, C. J. (2010). Condom negotiation strategies and actual condom use among Latino youth. Journal of Adolescent Health, 47(3), 254-262.

Deardorff, J., Tschann, J. M., Flores, E., & Ozer, E. J. (2010). Sexual values and risky sexual behaviors among Latino youth. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 42(1), 23-32.

Knight, G. P., Gonzales, N. A., Saenz, D. S., Bonds, D. D., German, M., Deardorff, J., Roosa, M. W., & Updegraff, K. (2010). The Mexican American Cultural Values Scale for Adolescents and Adults. Journal of Early Adolescence, 30(3), 444-481.

Deardorff, J., Tschann, J. M., & Flores, E. (2008). Sexual values among Latino/a youth: Measurement development using a culturally-grounded approach. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 14(2), 138-146.

Deardorff, J., Hayward, C., Wilson, K., Bryson, et al. (2007). Puberty and gender interact to predict social anxiety in early adolescence. Journal of Adolescent Health, 4, 102-04.

Gonzales, N.A., Deardorff, J., Formoso, D., Barr, A., Barrera, Jr., M. (2006). Family mediators of the relation between acculturation and adolescent mental health. Family Relations, 55, 318-330.

Pasch, L. A., Deardorff, J., Tschann, J. M., Flores, E., Penilla, C., & Pantoja, P. (2006). Acculturation, parent-adolescent conflict, and adolescent adjustment in Mexican American families. Family Process, 45, 75-86.

Deardorff, J., Gonzales, N.A., Christopher, F.S., Roosa, M.W., & Millsap, R.E. (2005). Early puberty and adolescent pregnancy: The influence of alcohol use. Pediatrics, 116, 1451-1456.

Gonzales, N. A., Dumka, L.E., Deardorff, J., Jacobs-Carter, S., & McCray, A. (2004). Preventing poor mental health and school dropout of Mexican American adolescents following the transition to junior high school. Journal of Adolescent Research, 19, 113-131.

Deardorff, J., Gonzales, N. A., & Sandler, I. N. (2003). Control beliefs as a mediator of the relationship between stress and depression among inner-city adolescents. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 31, 205-217.

Other interests: 
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Consultant for Zero Breast Cancer
  • Community prevention and evaluation
  • UCSF BIRCWH K12 Scholar (2006-2008)
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