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 a senior editor at Collabra: Clinical Psychology and an associate editor at Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science and 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 Disorders, Assessment, 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.
Cassandra Brandes is a third year Ph.D. student in clinical psychology, and she is primarily interested in how biological factors, including endocrine function, and personality characteristics, such as neuroticism, are related to the development of internalizing disorders. Before coming to Northwestern, she completed her B.S. at the University of Oregon, where she also worked as a lab manager for two years following graduation. Outside of research, she can be found cooking, biking, and frequenting local comedy/music venues.
Kathleen Reardon is a graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010 with a B.S. in psychology. After graduation, she worked as a research assistant for the Pitt Parents and Children Laboratory. Her interests include studying the development of antisocial behaviors and severe conduct problems from a developmental psychopathology perspective. When she’s not working, she loves spending time with her dog Tilly, and cooking or trying new restaurants!
[Kathleen is currently away on internship]
Allison Shields is a doctoral student in the clinical psychology program. She graduated with a B.A. in psychology from Rice University in 2015, where she also spent two years as a post-bac research assistant in a psychoneuroendocrinology lab. Her research interests involve multi-method assessment of child personality and psychopathology. She is interested in incorporating biological, physiological, behavioral, and informant report measures, as well as analyzing the construct validity of these approaches as they relate to dimensional models of personality and psychopathology. In her free time, she enjoys running along Lake Michigan, baking, and exploring Chicago’s art museums.
Lauren Chilcott is the lab manager at the PADlab. She graduated from Syracuse University in 2017 with a B.A. in psychology and forensic science and minors in sociology and French. After graduation, she gained experience as the project coordinator in a lab that studied how alcohol use behaviors are related to a person’s mood and sensory functioning. She is interested in the intersection of personality and development within clinical psychology. Outside of the lab, she can be found exploring new restaurants with friends or reading the Harry Potter series.
Game Changers Project Coordinator
Machol Benmelech is currently a freshman at Northwestern University studying psychology on the pre-med track. She is interested in positive psychology, especially as it relates to developmental psychology. She plans on pursuing a medical degree, and hopes to continue her work with children and adolescents. In her free time, she enjoys watching old films and traveling whenever she can.
Intro to Research Project Coordinator
Sarah Dynia is a senior at Northwestern majoring in neuroscience and minoring in Latin and psychology. She plans to pursue a career in healthcare. She is especially interested in how personalities develop and how to better apply psychology to areas like service and leadership. For fun, she enjoys spending time with friends, gardening, baking, and volunteering.
CPBS Project Coordinator
Zhisui (Jessie) Jia is currently a junior at Northwestern studying psychology and economics. She’s interested in personality and developmental psychology and plans to attend graduate school after graduation. In her free time, she enjoys exploring great restaurants in Chicago and Evanston and watching movies and K-dramas.
Illinois Twin Project Coordinator
Christina Liao is a senior studying psychology at Northwestern, with a minor in music cognition. Within the field of psychology, she is interested in abnormal psychology in child development, specifically the adaptive and maladaptive personality pathology in adolescents. After graduation, she plans on attending medical school to fulfill her dream as a dermatologist. During her free time, she enjoys playing basketball, doing music-related activities, and spending time with her family.
Abby Blum is a third year majoring in Psychology and English Literature, with a minor in Spanish. She is particularly interested in adolescent clinical psychology, and hopes to attend graduate school to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology. She would love eventually to work as a therapist for children and adolescents. In her free time, she loves to travel with her family, go on long hikes with her dogs, and cuddle on the couch with a good book!
Beatrice Chao is a freshman majoring in Social Policy and Economics and plans to pursue a career in education and healthcare policy. She is particularly interested in how environmental factors can influence adolescent development and behavior. During her free time, she enjoys singing, playing the guitar or catching up with friends over tea and cookies.
Sydney Chen is a junior at Northwestern studying Neuroscience and Global Health. She is particularly interested in child and adolescent development, as well as the social factors affecting mental health. She hopes to pursue medical school and to work with children. In her free time, she loves playing volleyball and spending time with friends and family.
Brodey Danielsen is a junior at Northwestern majoring in psychology while on the pre-med track. His interests in psychology lie in the realms of child and adolescent development as well as the psychology of gender. In the future he plans to work in healthcare. In his free time, he enjoys cooking and baking, spending time with friends, and rewatching the greatest TV show ever (The Office!) on Netflix.
Maks Giljen is a junior at Northwestern double majoring in neuroscience and psychology. I am particularly interested in the biological factors that influence personality and how they relate to psychopathology. After my time at Northwestern, I would like to go to graduate school and pursue a career in clinical neuropsychology. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends, listening to music, and catching up on TV shows.
Christine (Yi Ting) Hwang is a first year student studying Psychology and Human Development and Psychological Services at Northwestern University. Various fields in psychology have always fascinated her, but in particular she is interested in aspects of social psychology and emotional development and regulation, specifically pertaining to mental health. As of now, she is interested in a future career related to youth education or mental health policy, but she's still exploring! In her free time, she enjoys learning the guitar, playing Ultimate frisbee, curling up in bed for a good read, or having engaging conversations with friends.
Emma Latz is a third-year Northwestern undergraduate majoring in biology and global health studies. She is particularly interested in how the parental relationship can shape adolescent development, personality, and behavior. After graduation, Emma plans to attend medical school and although she is unsure of specialty, she hopes to combine her love for children and medicine in pediatrics. In her free time, you can find her taking care of her many succulents, exploring good food in Chicago, and writing songs on her ukulele.
Sarah Lumberg is a current sophomore studying psychology with a focus in child and adolescent development. Sarah hopes to pursue a career in law, clinical psychology, or some combination of the two. One of her primary academic interests is studying the effects that family members, societal norms, and other external factors have on development. In her free time, she likes to listen to music, watch Netflix, and spend time with her family, friends, and dogs.
Ebony McKeever is a junior at Northwestern majoring in neuroscience, minoring in gender studies and planning to pursue a career in clinical or forensic psychology. Ebony is particularly interested in how external factors effect the development of a person's personality as well as psychopathology in young people. When free time can be found, Ebony enjoys taking care of houseplants, drawing, listening to podcasts, and spending time with friends and family.
Natalie Musicant is a sophomore studying Human Development & Psychological Services at Northwestern. She is particularly interested in early childhood development and hopes to pursue a career working as a developmental psychologist. She is also interested in psychopathological diagnoses in young children and adolescents and the continuity of these throughout development. In her free time, she enjoys participating in comedy improv on campus or catching up with friends and family via FaceTime.
Evan Nixon is a junior at Northwestern studying psychology and communication studies with a certificate in marketing. He is interested in the psychopathology of children and its relationship with developmental psychology. Outside of the lab and school, Evan enjoys playing ice hockey and listening to 80’s music.
Kimberly Ortega is a junior at Northwestern University double majoring in global health and psychology. In regards to research, she is interested in how lack of access to mental health care may affect child and adolescent development. In the future she is considering attending medical school or pursuing a Master’s in Public Health. In her free time you can find her attending concerts in Chicago, thrifting vintage clothes, or rollerblading on the Lakefill.
Kyra Ramsey is a junior majoring in Neuroscience and Human Development & Psychological Services at Northwestern. She is interested in the genetic and environmental factors related to adolescent psychopathology and the psychology of gender. In the future, she hopes to pursue Genetic Counseling graduate school. In her free time, she can be found relaxing on the lake fill, re-watching comedy specials, and asking to pet every dog she sees.