Andrea Lane Eastman has been a Research Assistant Professor at USC with the Children’s Data Network since July 2019. Prior to joining USC as faculty, she completed her PhD and postdoctoral fellowship at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Her scholarship has been informed by her previous work in the California State Senate where she served as a legislative aide and committee consultant on several state initiatives surrounding health and human services and public safety.
She is currently leading a portfolio of research for the Children’s Data Network funded through grants from the Reissa Foundation and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, and stewarding a number of new data partnerships including with the Los Angeles County Department of Probation and the Youth Law Center. The Children’s Data Network provides a platform for the linkage and analysis of population-level, administrative data sources to inform children’s policies and programs.
Eastman graduated from UCLA with a BA in Psychology and received her MA in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. While obtaining her MA, Eastman worked as a therapist trainee for victims and perpetrators of violent and sexual trauma.