Deborah Pino Pasternak


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

- Early Cognitive Development - Family influences in early cognition and learning - Early Childhood settings and children's early learning - Play, language and social interaction in early learning


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Personal profile


I trained as a Special Educational Needs teacher in my home country (Chile) and worked for 6 years with children with hearing impairment and their families. Subsequently I moved to the UK, where I pursued graduate studies at the University of Cambridge looking at self-regulated learning in young children and particularly at the influence of family interactive patterns on its development. Since then, I have held research only and research and teaching positions at The University of Cambridge, The Institute of Education in London, and Murdoch University in Western Australia.  In January 2019 I joined the Faculty of Education at University of Canberra as Associate Professor in Early Childhood Education and Communities. In this role I hope to engage with educators and other community members in research that makes a difference to young children and their families.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Cambridge

Oct 2003Dec 2007

Award Date: 31 Jul 2008

Master, University of Cambridge

Oct 2002Jul 2003

Award Date: 31 Jul 2008

External positions

Adjunct Associate Professor, Murdoch University

1 Jan 2019 → …

Associate Editor, The Australian Educational Researcher

1 Jul 2017 → …

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Research Output

Executive functioning as a predictor of children's mathematics, reading and writing

Valcan, D., Davis, H., Pino Pasternak, D. & Malpique, A., 22 Sep 2020, In : Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology. 70, p. 1-18 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • How effort towards challenge is depicted in stories for young children: an Indonesian study

    Suprawati, M. N., Volet, S. & Pino Pasternak, D., 24 Apr 2020, In : Asia Pacific Education Review. p. 1-14 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Associations between the home environment, parenting and self-regulation in early childhood

    PINO PASTERNAK, D., Valcan, D. & Malpique, A., 2019, The SAGE Handbook of Developmental Psychology and Early Childhood Education. Whitebread, D., Grau, V., Kumpulainen, K., McClelland, M., Perry, N. & Pino-Pasternak, D. (eds.). 1 ed. London, UK: SAGE Publications Ltd, p. 487-501 15 p.

    Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter

    Curriculum in Early Childhood Education (Australia)

    Pino-pasternak, D., 27 Mar 2019, Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies. Australia: Bloomsbury Academic, p. 1-5 4 p. (Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies).

    Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter in text book