Stephanie T. Lanza, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator, The Methodology Center
Director, Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center
Professor, Department of Biobehavioral Health

The Pennsylvania State University
314 Biobehavioral Health Building
University Park, PA 16802
Google Scholar profile
Website: Addiction and Innovation Methods (AIM) Lab


Research Interests & Collaborators

I work primarily in two methodological areas. Much of my work seeks to advance finite mixture models, particularly latent class analysis. My primary collaborators on this project include Bethany Bray and John Dziak. I also work to advance and apply new statistical models in order to reveal dynamic processes. Much of this work, done in collaboration with Runze Li and Ashley Linden-Carmichael, addresses new research questions about age- and time-varying effects related to health behavior. Much of my applied research uses intensive longitudinal data to examine substance use in daily life.


Ph.D., Penn State, 2003 (Human Development and Family Studies)
M.A.S., Penn State, 2002 (Applied Statistics)
M.S., Penn State, 1998 (Human Development and Family Studies)
B.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1992 (Mathematical Science)
B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1992 (Psychology)

Last updated: May 13, 2020