Patrica Pasick, Ph.D
Published | In Progress
Books | Published

Almost Grown: Launching Your Child From High School To College (W.W. Norton)

Book: Almost Grown "Almost Grown: Launching Your Child From High School To College (W.W. Norton)" was published just as the first babyboomers sent their children off to college. Because of enthusiastic reviews in prestigious education and psychology journals (View some of Dr. Pasick's reviews), the book is widely used in freshman orientation programs for parents at many institutions including:

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • George Washington University
  • University of California institutions
  • Texas A & M, Boston University
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • University of Michigan
  • Michigan State University
The book has made many lists of recommended books for parents from the National Association For College Admissions Counselors to online lists within to

Click here for a link to purchase "Almost Grown" on

^ back to top ^


In Our Uncles' Words: We Fought For Freedom


  • The experience of Filipino men who immigrated very early in the 20th century through service in the U.S. Navy as stewards, ward attendants, and "messboys," is an untold story in history.
  • Until 1967, they were denied the possibility of moving upward in rank, and endured considerable racism aboard and ashore.
  • Many married Caucasian American women against the tide of miscegenation laws common until the Civil Rights Movement in the 60's. Their children both benefited and endured in these racially mixed families.
  • My grandfather was one of these early immigrants, and my grandmother and two sisters entered into these interracial marriages. In my contribution to In Our Uncles' Words, I present the historical contexts for these practices.


In Our Uncles' Words: We Fought For Freedom

"The flow of these Navymen onto ships and then the shorelines of America would come to depend not just on the will of the men, but on America's pull for manpower to conduct wars, and the push from the Philippines still struggling to define itself economically after 500 years under Spain and the United States. Racism and threats to the American labor force would come to regulate, restrict, and exclude Filipino migration as well." - Historical Context: Military Life

"Because whether we like it or not, we are foreign bodies in this country. And being a foreign body, we have to show to them that we are worth being a part of this mainstream American by working hard. But I know with my experience-this is my 40 years in America-color is still being seen in the eyes of everyone..." -Manuel Abuan Hipol

^ back to top ^

Praise for "Almost Grown"

  • "Almost Grown" is in its second printing, and continues to be a 5-star book on
  • "Almost Grown" is listed 3rd on's 'Leaving the Nest' list (09/04)
  • Dr. Pasick and "Almost Grown" is quoted in the August edition of US News World (08/04)