PhD, Social Work, University of Southern California
Cohort Six Fellow

Academic Mentor
Emily Putnam-Hornstein
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of Southern California

Policy Mentor
Mareva Brown
Chief Consultant of Senate Human Services, California State Senate

Current Institutional Affiliation
University of Southern California: Research Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise

Child Welfare and Foster Care Systems, Latent Class Analysis, Formerly Incarcerated Individuals


Dr. Andrea Lane Eastman’s 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. She successfully defended her dissertation May 2018 and is a post-doctoral scholar leading research projects at the Children’s Data Network. Eastman 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. To date, Eastman has published 10 peer-reviewed articles in leading scholarly journals such as the American Journal of Epidemiology and Journal of Adolescent Health and has 5 more that are under review. Of those, 7 were first-authored. Additionally, she has completed 6 lay briefs, and 2 policy reports for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. 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.