H. Isabella Lanza

H. Isabella Lanza, Ph.D.Dr. Lanza

  • Professor of Human Development
  • Email: Isabella.Lanza@csulb.edu
  • Phone: (562) 985-4698
  • Office hours for Spring 2024: Thursdays 1:30-2:30pm.
  • Office location: LA3-200F
  • Lab Website: rhayalab.com


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010-2012) UCLA, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
  • Ph.D. (2010) Temple University, Developmental Psychology
  • M.A. (2005) Pepperdine University, Clinical Psychology (trained in marriage and family therapy)
  • B.A. (2002) Williams College, English and Psychology

Research Interests

My research program seeks to identify relationships between health-risk behaviors across adolescence and young adulthood. This work examines biobehavioral (self-regulation), socio-contextual (peer victimization), and psychological (depressive symptoms) factors that inform developmental processes and pathways to co-occurring health-risks. I have a particular interest in the relationship between obesity and substance use, specifically addressing nicotine/tobacco use. Utilizing my graduate training in developmental psychopathology and postdoctoral training in addictive behaviors, I employ latent variable modeling to examine cross-sectional and longitudinal data across community-based populations.

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  • HDEV 190: Elementary Statistics in Social and Behavioral Sciences 
  • HDEV 320: Quantitative Methods in Human Development 
  • HDEV 308: Pseudoscience vs Science: The Impact of (un)Scientific Data on Human Development 
  • HDEV 307: Approaches to Childhood
  • HDEV 327: Approaches to Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood
  • HDEV 470: Practicum/Seminar