Director

Jennifer

Jennifer

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.


 

Graduate Students


Cassandra

Cassandra

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

Kathleen

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

Allison

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.


 

Lab Manager


Lauren

Lauren

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 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.


 

Project Coordinators


Brodey

Brodey

Game Changers Project Coordinator

Brodey Danielsen is a senior 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 re-watching the greatest TV show ever (The Office!) on Netflix.


Ebony

Ebony

Intro to Research Project Coordinator

Ebony McKeever is a senior at Northwestern majoring in neuroscience and minoring in gender studies. After graduation, Ebony plans on attending law school, and is currently most interested in forensics. Specifically, how psychopathology relates to criminal behavior and the law. When free time can be found, Ebony enjoy collecting houseplants, drawing, listening to podcasts, and spending time with friends and family.


Maks

Maks

Illinois Twin Project Coordinator

Maks Giljen is a senior at Northwestern double majoring in neuroscience and psychology. He is particularly interested in the biological factors that influence personality and how they relate to psychopathology. After his time at Northwestern, he would like to go to graduate school and pursue a career in clinical neuropsychology. In his free time, Maks enjoys spending time with friends, listening to music, and catching up on TV shows.


 

Research Assistants


Abby

Abby

Abby Blum is a fourth 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!


Becca

Becca

Becca Bruns is a junior majoring in neuroscience on the pre-med track at Northwestern. She is interested in child development and psychology and hopes to pursue a career in healthcare. During her free time, she enjoys baking, watching TV shows, and spending time with any one of her 11 siblings.


Saira

Saira

Saira Jahangir graduated from an International Medical College, Dow Medical Health Science, Karachi, Pakistan. She is currently working as Data Assistant for HIV Outpatient Study (HOPS) for Division of Infectious Disease, Feinberg School Of Medicine. As she started working for Infectious disease, her research interest expanded more towards Psychology. Her research interests found in psychophysiological factors that play a role in a child or adolescent behavior, relationships, and life events. In her free time, she spends her time with her family.


Sarah

Sarah

Sarah Lumberg is a current junior 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.


Kimberly

Kimberly

Kimberly Ortega is a senior 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.


Yune

Yune

Yune Park is a senior at Northwestern studying psychology and statistics. Interested in clinical and developmental psychology, she hopes to attend graduate school to pursue a career in the mental health area. Yune is also a WATCH Peer Health Educator at Northwestern, collaborating with her peers to promote a healthier community. She is the happiest prepping for fruit smoothies in the morning, getting into deep conversations with her friends, and playing with her baby niece and nephew. 


 

high School Summer Interns


Grace

Grace

Grace Kern is a senior at Highland Park High School. Her favorite high school classes so far were biology and psychology, and she is interested in studying psychology in college. Outside of school, Grace enjoys running, dancing, and being with friends & family.


Hannah

Hannah

Hannah Lipman is a senior at Evanston Township High School. Some of her favorite high school classes have been physics, calculus, and biology. In her free time, she can be found running, trying new foods, going for long bike rides, and spending time with friends and her twin brother.


Pavi

Pavi

Pavi Porayath is an incoming sophomore at Glenbrook North High School. She is interested in adolescent personality development. She wants to purse a career in pediatric medicine. She enjoys dancing and she loves playing with her puppy, practicing flute and piano, and watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S in her free time.


Mary

Mary

Mary Slowinski is a senior at Loyola Academy and the founder of a program named Self EsTeen. Mary found her love for the social sciences through creating Self EsTeen. She currently runs a website, blog, ambassador program and an outreach program. You can often find Mary presenting to middle school kids about the importance of self compassion and mental health. She also enjoys spending time with her friends, family and labradoodle Daisy.