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Yzette Lanier

Assistant Professor

1 212 998 5803

433 First Avenue
Room 406
New York, NY 10010
United States

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Professional overview

Dr. Lanier is a developmental psychologist whose research broadly centers on health promotion and disease prevention in communities of color, with a special focus on preventing HIV/STIs and unintended pregnancy among African American adolescents. Using health equity and strengths-based lenses, her research seeks to understand how individual, social, and cultural factors influence adolescents’ sexual decision-making. Dr. Lanier’s current research examines how adolescent romantic relationships influence sexual behaviors. Her long-term goal is to develop effective developmentally-appropriate, culturally tailored interventions that promote healthy romantic relationships and protective sexual behaviors among adolescents.  In June 2016, Dr. Lanier was awarded $1.2 million from the CDC for HIV behavior intervention based on young black heterosexual couples' dynamics.  


BS, Psychology, Howard University
MS, Developmental Psychology, Howard University
PhD, Developmental Psychology, Howard University
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for HIV Prevention in Communities of Color, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for Health Equity Research, University of Pennsylvania

Honors and awards

Visiting Scholar, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS, Yale University


Infectious disease
Community/population health
Vulnerable & marginalized populations

Professional membership

American Psychological Association
Society for Research on Adolescence
Association of Black Psychologists
American Public Health Association



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