Personality Across Development Lab

At Northwestern University


The PADlab is directed by Jennifer Tackett, a clinical psychologist at Northwestern University

The PADlab studies how child and adolescent personality relates to behavior and affects relationships with friends and parents, as well as how early personality traits may be indicators of later common behavioral problems. We also focus on understanding psychopathology in childhood and adolescence, including physical and relational aggression, delinquency, personality disorder, and addiction. The lab is currently conducting multiple studies to examine adolescent decision making and how personality informs academic outcomes.



About Jennifer Tackett


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Jennifer Tackett received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Minnesota with minors in statistics, personality, and behavior genetics. She is also a graduate of the Texas Academy of Math and Science and Texas A&M University, and has held previous faculty appointments at the University of Toronto and the University of Houston. She is an associate editor at the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. She is also a former associate editor at the Journal of Personality, Perspectives in Psychological Science, the Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, the Journal of Personality DisordersAssessment, and the Journal of Research in Personality. When she isn’t working or joining her two hilarious and smart kiddos in dance party, she enjoys playing piano or indulging her cross-stitch obsession. 

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For Parents

For Parents

The PADlab is actively recruiting participants for several studies. You can be added to our database so you can be notified when your child is eligible to participate in one of our studies!

For Students

For Students

The PADlab has opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs to get involved. If you are interested in personality, temperament, externalizing disorders, self-regulation, emotional regulation, personality disorders, or the development of any of these, the lab may be a good fit for you!