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 an associate editor at the Journal of Personality and Perspectives in Psychological Science, and a former associate editor at the Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, the Journal of Personality Disorders, and the Journal of Research in Personality. When she isn’t working or engaging in a toddler dance party, she enjoys playing piano or indulging her cross-stitch obsession.

 

Graduate Students


 Cassandra

Cassandra

Cassandra Brandes is a second 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.


 Kathrin

Kathrin

Kathrin Herzhoff is a doctoral student in clinical psychology. She completed her M.A. and B.Sc. in psychology at the University of Toronto. Before transferring to Northwestern, she was a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Houston. In her research, she uses personality as a framework for understanding psychopathology in youth. Currently, she is especially interested in understanding gender differences in externalizing psychopathology. Apart from research, she appreciates nature and art, and she likes to spend time with her family and friends.
Kathrin is currently on a predoctoral internship.


 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!


 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.


 Avante

Avante

Avante Smack is a doctoral student in clinical psychology. She graduated from Spelman College in 2011 with a B.A. in psychology. Before transferring to Northwestern, she was a doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at the University of Houston where she earned her M.A. Her research interests include understanding how race/ethnicity and other cultural factors influence the development and maintenance of externalizing psychopathology with a particular emphasis on relational aggression. When she is not working, she enjoys listening to music, spending time with friends and family, and cooking.
Avante is currently on a predoctoral internship.

 

Project Coordinators


 Machol

Machol

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.

 

 Kandace

Kandace

Illinois Twin Registry Project Coordinator

Kandace Webb is a senior majoring in psychology and minoring in legal studies. She’s interested in the etiology of externalizing and disinhibitory psychopathology from a biopsychosocial perspective, as well as the risk factors for this behavior, and the implications for interventions during adolescence and adulthood. She plans to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology. In her free time, she enjoys trying new restaurants and watching Law and Order: SVU.


 Victoria

Victoria

CPBS Project Coordinator

Victoria Wee is a senior majoring in psychology. She’s interested in Asian-American mental health, the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatments, and cultural differences within that. She plans to take a couple gap years before going into graduate school. Her hobbies include baking, reading manga, and drawing elaborate doodles on snapchat.


 Lily

Lily

Lab Manager

Lily Sahaguian is lab manager at the PADlab. In 2016, she graduated from the University of Colorado in Denver with a B.A. in public health and gained experience in leading multiple lab research projects related to sexual and mental health prevention among low- and middle-income youth. She is particularly interested in developing intervention strategies to prevent HIV/TB syndemic incidences among marginalized populations in remote areas of South Africa. Outside of work, she likes to ride her bike around Lake Michigan, travel to hike mountains in site, and paint!

 

Research Assistants


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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

Brodey

Brodey Danielsen is a sophomore 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. One day he hopes to work as a pediatrician or a psychiatrist. In his free time, he enjoys cooking and baking, spending time with friends, and rewatching the greatest TV show ever (The Office!) on Netflix.


 Sarah

Sarah

Sarah Dynia is a junior at Northwestern majoring in neuroscience and minoring in Latin. 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, reading books that weren’t assigned in class, and volunteering.


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Sarah Evan is a senior at Northwestern University studying psychology and legal studies. She is looking into studying forensic psychology in graduate school and possibly going on to law school as she is interested in how psychology, specifically personality and psychopathy, plays in the criminal justice field. She's involved with the Northwestern rowing team and in my free time enjoy hanging out with her friends and watching Psych


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Erin Fitzpatrick is a sophomore at Northwestern majoring in learning & organizational change and psychology. She's particularly interested in the development of different personalities and traits across people. Elsewhere on campus, she's involved in Northwestern to Benefit Special Olympics and Active Minds, a mental health awareness group. During her time, she loves reading, being outdoors, and spending time with family, friends, and animals! 


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Natalie Freeman is a sophomore at Northwestern, currently double majoring in Theatre and Psychology. She finds there is so much interesting overlap between the two, but she's happy to use her Theatre background to help guide with pursuing a psychology path. She's hoping to go on to graduate school and work towards getting a PhD, and explore the field of therapy. She's super interested in the development of personalities and loves working with kids and adolescents, and is very excited to be an RA and work in the PADlab. 


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Allie Fuller is a junior at Northwestern University studying psychology and gender studies. Her research interests include adolescent psychopathology, and the effects of familial relationships on personality and development. After graduation, she plans to pursue a doctorate degree in clinical psychology. In her free time, she produces theater on campus, listens to podcasts, and explores art museums in Chicago.


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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. 


 Jessie

Jessie

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.


 Luke

Luke

Luke Jokerst is a junior at Northwestern double majoring in biomedical engineering and psychology. He’s a contracted Army ROTC cadet and hopes to be a medical service officer specializing in clinical or research psychology. On the civilian side, he hopes to attend graduate school and work on developing different treatment methods for mental illnesses, specifically PTSD and mood disorders. He spends most of his free time with friends listening to music and playing cards.


 Christina

Christina

Christina Liao is a junior studying psychology at Northwestern. Within the field of psychology, she has a growing interest in factors affecting relationship formation and decision making. 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.


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Noa Nuzov is a freshman at Northwestern majoring in Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering, and minoring in Psychology. She's on the pre-med track and plans to pursue a career in healthcare. She is especially interested in how personality and behavior is affected by genetic and environmental factors. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends, listening to music, reading, and photography.


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Chidinma Ohia is currently a Sophomore at Northwestern University, and is on the pre-med track, studying Anthropology with a minor in Religious Studies. She is interested in the interactions between culture and health, illnesses, and treatment implementations . She plans to go to medical school and obtain her medical degree. In her free time she enjoys dancing, sewing, making jewelry, and reading to her baby brother.


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Talia Prusky is a junior at Northwestern University. She's in the School of Education and Social Policy, concentrating in Human Development and Psychological Services with minors in Global Health and Psychology. She's most interested in adolescent development and mood disorders. During her free time, she enjoys working with teens, spending time with family and exploring the world as much as she can!


 Brian

Brian

Brian Quistberg is a sophomore at Northwestern majoring in psychology and international studies. Within the field of psychology, he’s most interested in psychopathology and the development of personality. On campus, he’s also involved in the College Mentors for Kids Club. Beyond that, he enjoys playing and listening to music, running, hiking, and photography.


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Anne TerMolen is a junior at Evanston Township High School. She is greatly interested in studying psychology and the Medical field after high school. Outside of her classes, she plays on the soccer and golf, babysit, and participates in Problem Solvers. She is super excited to be involved in the Personality Across Development Lab!


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Megan Yee is a junior studying psychology and journalism at Northwestern. She's interested in developmental psychology and the influence of personality traits on relationship formation. After graduation, she plans to take a gap year before applying to graduate programs for occupational therapy. In her free time, she enjoy spending time with friends and family, baking, and running.