Lan Chen is a third-year doctoral student in Human Development and Family Studies, with a dual title in Social Data Analytics. Lan’s primary interests lie in effective parenting practices, adolescent mental health, and substance use. One focus of Lan’s research is the role of parenting practices in adolescent mental health and substance use. Another area of interest involves family-based preventive interventions targeting adolescent mental health and substance use issues. Lan’s interests also extend to developing methodologies that can be utilized to address key research questions in the field of family studies and substance use.
Lan is mentored by Gregory M. Fosco, Penn State professor of human Development and family studies, and Damon Jones, Penn State associate research professor of human development and family studies.
Lan received her M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to that, she obtained her B.Ed. in Pedagogy with a minor in Public Administration from Zhejiang University (ZJU); meanwhile, she received an honorary undergraduate degree from Chu Kochen Honors College at ZJU.
The Prevention and Methodology Training (PAMT) program, funded by a T32 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, trains predoctoral and postdoctoral researchers in the integration of prevention science and statistical methodology for the behavioral sciences.