Serafina Lanna

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Research Assistant
Pittsburgh Office


B.A. in international studies, Allegheny College


Serafina Lanna is a research assistant at the RAND Corporation. Her work is focused on equity and opportunity for vulnerable and underrepresented populations across public and mental health, education and school-to-work transitions, labor and workforce development, and criminal justice policy.  She has experience in human subjects research, qualitative research and analysis, program evaluation, and project management. Her current work in education and labor includes evaluations of a STEM summer learning and virtual Algebra program in Baltimore City Public Schools, a positive behavior management and school climate program in Nebraska, and The New Teacher Project (TNTP). Her current work in criminal justice policy includes a study of the impact of a public defender at first appearance and an evaluation of efforts to reduce domestic and community violence. Her current work in health includes an evaluation of a community mental health program in New York City and human subjects research in tobacco use and policy.  She has also worked on projects concerning adolescent substance use, health care cost containment and quality measures, instructional materials and practices, career and technical education, and civic engagement. Lanna received her B.A. in international studies from Allegheny College.

Recent Projects

  • Reducing the Effect of Tobacco Powerwall Displays at Retail Point-of-Sale
  • Engineers of the Future STEM program
  • Evaluation of TNTP Teacher Pipeline Program (SEED)
  • Impact of Public Defender at First Appearance
  • Pittsburgh Equity Indicators