Professor Patrice L. Engle

Professor Patrice L. Engle

Patrice Engle, well known to colleagues and friends in the CEECIS Region, was Professor of Psychology and Child Development at Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo, California, where she taught since 1980. She was Associate Chair of the Psychology and Child Development Department and on the Women and Gender Studies’ Advisory Board. She taught research methods, theories of development, cross-cultural psychology, and the global women’s studies course. She spent 7 years as Senior Advisor for Early Childhood Development in UNICEF, both in India and New York, a year working for WHO in Geneva and a year at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, DC, and 5 years in Guatemala. Her research, policy, and practice was in the linkages of nutrition, child development, and women’s status in developing countries.

She studied family care practices and responsive feeding, women’s empowerment and women’s work, the role of fathers, the HIV and AIDS pandemic, and the effect of these on children’s growth and development. She published a number of papers on the relationships of care practices, nutrition and child development. She received grants from the Global Alliance in Nutrition, UNICEF Geneva, and USAID, and consulted for WHO, the World Bank, UNICEF in Central Asia, Inter-American Development Bank, PATH, and the Bernard van Leer Foundation, and spearheaded a series of articles on Early Child Development published in Lancet in 2007 and 2011. 

Pat supported UNICEF’s work in ECD in several CEECIS countries through research and eloquent advocacy. We shall miss her deeply. We look forward to carrying forward her mission and ideals as we work to enable every child to get the best start in life.

Listen to Pat speaking on the importance of ECD at


Regional Adviser
Early Childhood Development
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneve 10

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Information on memorial services and a fellowship established in her name are given below

Peace to all as we adjust to life without Pat.

Memorial Service in New York:

A  Memorial Service for Patrice Lee Engle will be held at 2:30 PM on Sunday, Oct. 28 in Grand Hall at the NYU Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, 238 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10003.  The building is located just south of Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village.  This will be a Quaker-style service with opportunity for those who come to speak about Pat.  If you could let the family know if you are coming,it would help them plan. Please email Sally at [email protected] 

Memorial Service in California:

Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, 1 pm .Location: The Trout Farm in Santa Margarita (Ken Haggard and Polly Cooper’s residence)

Bring: Chairs, a flower to add to Pat’s tribute.We will be having a Quaker-style memorial. This is a silent meditation circle with time for people to share their memories of Pat and her life.Light refreshments will be served. We encourage carpooling.Please email Judy Neuhauser at [email protected] or call Gail Freiler at 805- 528-1377 if you need directions or have questions.

Tribute Book:

Pia Britto is putting together a book of tributes dedicated to Pat that will be given to Pat’s son, Sawyer, during the memorial service in New York.  If you would like to write a tribute to Pat, please send it to [email protected] by October 10th.  You are welcome to include a photo of yourself or yourself with Pat.  Pia will compile all the tributes into a book. It will be printed and the electronic version will be hosted on Pat’s facebook page.  A wonderful opportunity, especially for people who are unable to attend the memorial. Please email Pia for any questions.

Fellowship Donation:

In lieu of flowers, Pat’s family would appreciate donations to The Patrice Engle Fund at the Society for Research in Child Development to support dissertation fellowships related to global child development in low and middle-income countries.  Please send cheques to:  SRCD-Patrice Engle Fund, 2950 S. State Street, Suite 40, Ann Arbor MI 48104. For electronic/wire transfers or credit card contributions, contact [email protected]  Details of the fellowship procedures will be handled by an independent committee of Pat’s colleagues and friends.

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