Dr. H. Isabella Lanza is currently an Assistant Professor of Human Development at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB).
Dr. Lanza joined the Department of Human Development at CSULB in the Fall of 2014 and created the RHAYA lab in the Spring of 2015. Prior to joining the faculty at CSULB, Dr. Lanza spent four years at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior as a postdoctoral fellow and research associate. During this time she also taught at CSU Northridge in the Department of Child & Adolescent Development and at UCLA in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Lanza gained her first teaching experience during her doctoral studies at Temple University. She graduated with a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Temple University in 2010. Dr. Lanza received a M.A. in clinical psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from Pepperdine University in 2005, and her B.A. in English and psychology from Williams College in 2002.
Her research seeks to understand the relationship between health-risk behaviors from early adolescence to young adulthood. This work examines biobehavioral (self-regulation), contextual (peer influences), and individual (gender, ethnicity) factors that are likely to inform developmental processes and pathways to co-occurrence. Currently, Dr. Lanza is studying associations between obesity and tobacco use, and the social motivations related to co-occurrence. She is also interested in the role peers, gender, and ethnicity play on obese adolescents’ psychosocial health, including the impact of bullying/victimization on psychosocial adjustment and school dropout.
Dr. Lanza loves research, but her life is not complete without teaching. Teaching undergraduates gives her the energy and motivation to keep active in her field. Her favorite courses to teach involve statistics, research methods, and development from early adolescence through young adulthood.
When she’s not buried in grading or hunched over conducting data analyses, Dr. Lanza’s favorite activities include road trips around the U.S.A., hanging out with her dog Carly (she’s a puggle), baking delicious cookies, hiking (more like strolling) through Southern California, and spending time with her awesome 6-year-old nephew Ethan.