Researcher Profile

Researcher Profile

Stephanie Trea Lanza, PhD

Stephanie Trea Lanza, PhD

Interim Director, Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse
Professor, Biobehavioral Health
Director and C. Eugene Bennett Chair in Prevention Research, Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center (PRC)
Scientific Program:Cancer Control

Research Interests

  • Alcohols
  • Drinking
  • Cannabis
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Therapeutics
  • Research
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Parenting
  • Smoking
  • Mothers
  • Tobacco Products
  • Students

Recent Publications


Carmichael, AN, Dziak, J & Lanza, ST 2019, 'Dynamic features of problematic drinking: Alcohol use disorder latent classes across ages 18-64' Alcohol and Alcoholism, vol. 54, no. 1, pp. 97-103.
Linden-Carmichael, AN, Russell, MA & Lanza, ST 2019, 'Flexibly modeling alcohol use disorder risk: How many drinks should we count?' Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 50-57.
Family Life Project Key Investigators 2019, 'Parenting and Cortisol in Infancy Interactively Predict Conduct Problems and Callous–Unemotional Behaviors in Childhood', Child development, vol. 90, no. 1, pp. 279-297.
Rice, CE, Vasilenko, SA, Fish, JN & Lanza, ST 2019, 'Sexual minority health disparities: an examination of age-related trends across adulthood in a national cross-sectional sample', Annals of Epidemiology, vol. 31, pp. 20-25.
Patrick, ME, Terry-McElrath, YM, Lanza, ST, Jager, J, Schulenberg, JE & O'Malley, PM 2019, 'Shifting Age of Peak Binge Drinking Prevalence: Historical Changes in Normative Trajectories Among Young Adults Aged 18 to 30', Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, vol. 43, no. 2, pp. 287-298.
Newman, MG, Shin, KE & Lanza, ST 2019, 'Time-varying moderation of treatment outcomes by illness duration and comorbid depression in generalized anxiety disorder' Journal of consulting and clinical psychology, vol. 87, no. 3, pp. 282-293.
Zawadzki, MJ, Scott, SB, Almeida, D, Lanza, ST, Conroy, DE, Sliwinski, MJ, Kim, J, Marcusson-Clavertz, D, Stawski, RS, Green, PM, Sciamanna, C, Johnson, J & Smyth, JM 2019, 'Understanding stress reports in daily life: a coordinated analysis of factors associated with the frequency of reporting stress', Journal of Behavioral Medicine, vol. 42, no. 3, pp. 545-560.


Scott, SB, Sliwinski, MJ, Zawadzki, M, Stawski, RS, Kim, J, Marcusson-Clavertz, D, Lanza, ST, Conroy, DE, Buxton, OM, Almeida, D & Smyth, JM 2018, 'A Coordinated Analysis of Variance in Affect in Daily Life', Assessment.
Stawski, RS, Scott, SB, Zawadzki, MJ, Sliwinski, MJ, Marcusson-Clavertz, D, Kim, J, Lanza, ST, Green, PA, Almeida, D & Smyth, JM 2019, 'Age differences in everyday stressor-related negative affect: A coordinated analysis', Psychology and Aging, vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 91-105.
Carmichael, AN, Kloska, DD, Evans-Polce, R, Lanza, ST & Patrick, ME 2019, 'College degree attainment by age of first marijuana use and parental education' Substance Abuse, vol. 40, no. 1, pp. 66-70.
Braymiller, JL, Masters, LD, Carmichael, AN & Lanza, ST 2018, 'Contemporary Patterns of Marijuana Use and Attitudes Among High School Seniors: 2010–2016', Journal of Adolescent Health, vol. 63, no. 4, pp. 394-400.
Dierker, L, Selya, A, Lanza, ST, Li, R & Rose, J 2018, 'Depression and marijuana use disorder symptoms among current marijuana users', Addictive Behaviors, vol. 76, pp. 161-168.
Carmichael, AN & Lanza, ST 2018, 'Drinking Patterns of College- and Non-College-Attending Young Adults: Is High-Intensity Drinking Only a College Phenomenon?', Substance Use and Misuse, vol. 53, no. 13, pp. 2157-2164.
Bray, BC, Dziak, J, Patrick, ME & Lanza, ST 2018, 'Inverse Propensity Score Weighting with a Latent Class Exposure: Estimating the Causal Effect of Reported Reasons for Alcohol Use on Problem Alcohol Use 16 Years Later', Prevention Science, pp. 1-13.
Fish, JN, Rice, CE, Lanza, ST & Russell, ST 2019, 'Is Young Adulthood a Critical Period for Suicidal Behavior among Sexual Minorities? Results from a US National Sample', Prevention Science, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 353-365.
The Family Life Project Key Investigators 2018, 'Mother-child role confusion, child adjustment problems, and the moderating roles of child temperament and sex', Developmental psychology, vol. 54, no. 10, pp. 1891-1903.
The Family Life Project Key Investigators 2018, 'Otitis media and respiratory sinus arrhythmia across infancy and early childhood: Polyvagal processes?' Developmental psychology, vol. 54, no. 9, pp. 1709-1722.
Conroy, DE, Hojjatinia, S, Lagoa, CM, Yang, CH, Lanza, ST & Smyth, JM 2019, 'Personalized models of physical activity responses to text message micro-interventions: A proof-of-concept application of control systems engineering methods', Psychology of Sport and Exercise, vol. 41, pp. 172-180.


Vasilenko, S, Evans-Polce, RJ & Lanza, ST 2017, 'Age trends in rates of substance use disorders across ages 18–90: Differences by gender and race/ethnicity', Drug and Alcohol Dependence, vol. 180, pp. 260-264.
Patrick, ME, Evans-Polce, R, Kloska, DD, Maggs, J & Lanza, ST 2017, 'Age-related changes in associations between reasons for alcohol use and high-intensity drinking across young adulthood', Journal of studies on alcohol and drugs, vol. 78, no. 4, pp. 558-570.
Cook, JW, Lanza, ST, Chu, W, Baker, TB & Piper, ME 2017, 'Anhedonia: Its dynamic relations with craving, negative affect, and treatment during a quit smoking attempt', Nicotine and Tobacco Research, vol. 19, no. 6, pp. 703-709.
Family Life Project Key Investigators 2017, 'Children’s task engagement during challenging puzzle tasks' Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, vol. 63, no. 4, pp. 425-457.
Carmichael, AN, Lanza, ST, Dziak, J & Bray, BC 2017, 'Contemporary alcohol use patterns among a national sample of U.S. adult drinkers', Journal of Addictive Diseases, vol. 36, no. 4, pp. 222-226.
The Family Life Project Investigators 2017, 'Developmental Delays in Executive Function from 3 to 5 Years of Age Predict Kindergarten Academic Readiness', Journal of learning disabilities, vol. 50, no. 4, pp. 359-372.
Lanza, ST, Russell, MA & Braymiller, JL 2017, 'Emergence of electronic cigarette use in US adolescents and the link to traditional cigarette use', Addictive Behaviors, vol. 67, pp. 38-43.
Bekiroglu, K, Russell, MA, Lagoa, CM, Lanza, ST & Piper, ME 2017, 'Evaluating the effect of smoking cessation treatment on a complex dynamical system', Drug and Alcohol Dependence, vol. 180, pp. 215-222.
Smyth, JM, Sliwinski, MJ, Zawadzki, MJ, Scott, SB, Conroy, DE, Lanza, ST, Marcusson-Clavertz, D, Kim, J, Stawski, RS, Stoney, CM, Buxton, OM, Sciamanna, C, Green, PM & Almeida, D 2018, 'Everyday stress response targets in the science of behavior change', Behaviour Research and Therapy, vol. 101, pp. 20-29.
Carmichael, AN, Vasilenko, S, Lanza, ST & Maggs, J 2017, 'High-Intensity Drinking Versus Heavy Episodic Drinking: Prevalence Rates and Relative Odds of Alcohol Use Disorder Across Adulthood', Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, vol. 41, no. 10, pp. 1754-1759.
Evans-Polce, RJ, Patrick, ME, Lanza, ST, Miech, RA, O'Malley, PM & Johnston, LD 2018, 'Reasons for Vaping Among U.S. 12th Graders', Journal of Adolescent Health, vol. 62, no. 4, pp. 457-462.
Vasilenko, S, Carmichael, AN, Lanza, ST & Patrick, ME 2018, 'Sexual Behavior and Heavy Episodic Drinking Across the Transition to Adulthood: Differences by College Attendance', Journal of Research on Adolescence, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 473-487.
Bekiroglu, K, Lagoa, CM, Lanza, ST & Sznaier, M 2017, 'System Identification Algorithm for Non-Uniformly Sampled Data' IFAC-PapersOnLine, vol. 50, no. 1, pp. 7296-7301.
Evans-Polce, RJ, Maggs, J, Staff, J & Lanza, ST 2017, 'The Age-Varying Association of Student Status with Excessive Alcohol Use: Ages 18 to 30 Years', Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 407-413.
Snippe, E, Dziak, J, Lanza, ST, Nyklíček, I & Wichers, M 2017, 'The Shape of Change in Perceived Stress, Negative Affect, and Stress Sensitivity During Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction', Mindfulness, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 728-736.
Rice, CE, Vasilenko, S, Lanza, ST, Davis, JA, Fields, KS, Ervin, M & Norris Turner, A 2018, 'Time Since First Acting on Same-Sex Attraction and Recreational Drug Use among Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM): Is There an Effect of “Gay Age”?' Substance Use and Misuse, vol. 53, no. 5, pp. 852-858.


Russell, MA, Vasilenko, S & Lanza, ST 2016, 'Age-Varying Links Between Violence Exposure and Behavioral, Mental, and Physical Health', Journal of Adolescent Health, vol. 59, no. 2, pp. 189-196.
Rice, CE, Maierhofer, C, Fields, KS, Ervin, M, Lanza, ST & Turner, AN 2016, 'Beyond Anal Sex: Sexual Practices of Men Who Have Sex With Men and Associations With HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Infections', Journal of Sexual Medicine, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 374-382.
The Family Life Project Key Investigators 2016, 'Child Care and Cortisol Across Infancy and Toddlerhood: Poverty, Peers, and Developmental Timing', Family Relations, vol. 65, no. 1, pp. 51-72.
Dziak, J, Bray, BC, Zhang, J, Zhang, M & Lanza, ST 2016, 'Comparing the performance of improved classify-analyze approaches for distal outcomes in latent profile analysis', Methodology, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 107-116.
Bekiroglu, K, Lagoa, CM, Murphy, SA & Lanza, ST 2017, 'Control Engineering Methods for the Design of Robust Behavioral Treatments', IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, vol. 25, no. 3, 7501575, pp. 979-990.
Evans-Polce, R, Lanza, ST & Maggs, J 2016, 'Heterogeneity of alcohol, tobacco, and other substance use behaviors in U.S. college students: A latent class analysis', Addictive Behaviors, vol. 53, pp. 80-85.
The Family Life Project Key Investigators 2016, 'Household chaos and children's cognitive and socio-emotional development in early childhood: Does childcare play a buffering role?', Early Childhood Research Quarterly, vol. 34, pp. 115-127.
Lanza, ST & Cooper, BR 2016, 'Latent Class Analysis for Developmental Research', Child Development Perspectives, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 59-64.
Vasilenko, S, Kugler, KC & Lanza, ST 2016, 'Latent Classes of Adolescent Sexual and Romantic Relationship Experiences: Implications for Adult Sexual Health and Relationship Outcomes', Journal of Sex Research, vol. 53, no. 7, pp. 742-753.
Patrick, ME, Kloska, DD, Vasilenko, S & Lanza, ST 2016, 'Perceived friends' use as a risk factor for marijuana use across young adulthood.', Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, vol. 30, no. 8, pp. 904-914.
Parr, AD, Lanza, ST & Bernthal, P 2016, 'Personality profiles of effective leadership performance in assessment centers', Human Performance, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 143-157.
Fairlie, AM, Maggs, J & Lanza, ST 2016, 'Profiles of college drinkers defined by alcohol behaviors at the week level: Replication across semesters and prospective associations with hazardous drinking and dependence-related symptoms', Journal of studies on alcohol and drugs, vol. 77, no. 1, pp. 38-50.
Rice, CE, Norris Turner, A & Lanza, ST 2017, 'Sexual Behavior Latent Classes Among Men Who Have Sex With Men: Associations With Sexually Transmitted Infections', Journal of Sex Research, vol. 54, no. 6, pp. 776-783.
The Family Life Project Key Investigators 2016, 'The contribution of children's time-specific and longitudinal expressive language skills on developmental trajectories of executive function', Journal of experimental child psychology, vol. 148, pp. 20-34.
Lanza, ST, Vasilenko, S & Russell, MA 2016, 'Time-varying effect modeling to address new questions in behavioral research: Examples in marijuana use.', Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, vol. 30, no. 8, pp. 939-954.
Piper, ME, Vasilenko, S, Cook, JW & Lanza, ST 2017, 'What a difference a day makes: differences in initial abstinence response during a smoking cessation attempt', Addiction, vol. 112, no. 2, pp. 330-339.


Schuler, MS, Vasilenko, S & Lanza, ST 2015, 'Age-varying associations between substance use behaviors and depressive symptoms during adolescence and young adulthood', Drug and Alcohol Dependence, vol. 157, pp. 75-82.
Evans-Polce, RJ, Vasilenko, S & Lanza, ST 2015, 'Changes in gender and racial/ethnic disparities in rates of cigarette use, regular heavy episodic drinking, and marijuana use: Ages 14 to 32', Addictive Behaviors, vol. 41, pp. 218-222.
The Family LifeProject Key Investigators 2015, 'Child care instability from 6 to 36 months and the social adjustment of children in prekindergarten', Early Childhood Research Quarterly, vol. 30, no. PA, pp. 106-116.
The Family Life Project Key Investigators 2015, 'Childhood sexual trauma and subsequent parenting beliefs and behaviors', Child Abuse and Neglect, vol. 44, pp. 87-97.
Bray, BC, Lanza, ST & Tan, X 2015, 'Eliminating Bias in Classify-Analyze Approaches for Latent Class Analysis', Structural Equation Modeling, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 1-11.
Family Life Project Investigators 2015, 'Emotional reactivity and parenting sensitivity interact to predict cortisol output in toddlers', Developmental psychology, vol. 51, no. 9, pp. 1271-1277.
Bair-Merritt, MH, Voegtline, K, Ghazarian, SR, Granger, DA, Blair, C, Johnson, SB, Feagans, LV, Cox, M, Burchinal, P, Burton, L, Crnic, K, Crouter, AC, Garrett-Peters, P, Greenberg, MT, Lanza, ST, Mills-Koonce, R, Skinner, D, Werner, E & Willoughby, M 2015, 'Maternal intimate partner violence exposure, child cortisol reactivity and child asthma' Child Abuse and Neglect, vol. 48, pp. 50-57.
Lanza, ST & Vasilenko, S 2015, 'New methods shed light on age of onset as a risk factor for nicotine dependence', Addictive Behaviors, vol. 50, pp. 161-164.
Vasilenko, S, Kugler, KC, Butera, NM & Lanza, ST 2015, 'Patterns of Adolescent Sexual Behavior Predicting Young Adult Sexually Transmitted Infections: A Latent Class Analysis Approach', Archives of Sexual Behavior, vol. 44, no. 3, pp. 705-715.
Zhang, J, Bray, BC, Zhang, M & Lanza, ST 2015, 'Personality profiles and frequent heavy drinking in young adulthood', Personality and Individual Differences, vol. 80, pp. 18-21.
Fairlie, AM, Maggs, J & Lanza, ST 2015, 'Prepartying, drinking games, and extreme drinking among college students: A daily-level investigation' Addictive Behaviors, vol. 42, pp. 91-95.
Zhang, J, Lanza, ST, Zhang, M & Su, B 2015, 'Structure of the university personality inventory for chinese college students' Psychological Reports, vol. 116, no. 3, pp. 821-839.
The Family Life Project Key Contributors 2015, 'The Interdependence of Adult Relationship Quality and Parenting Behaviours among African American and European Couples in Rural, Low-Income Communities', Infant and Child Development, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 343-363.
The Family Life Project Investigators 2015, 'The epidemiology of observed temperament: Factor structure and demographic group differences', Infant Behavior and Development, vol. 39, pp. 21-34.
Mason, M, Mennis, J, Way, T, Lanza, ST, Russell, MA & Zaharakis, N 2015, 'Time-varying effects of a text-based smoking cessation intervention for urban adolescents' Drug and Alcohol Dependence, vol. 157, pp. 99-105.
Lanza, ST, Vasilenko, S, Dziak, J & Butera, NM 2015, 'Trends among U.S. High School Seniors in Recent Marijuana Use and Associations with Other Substances: 1976-2013', Journal of Adolescent Health, vol. 57, no. 2, pp. 198-204.

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