Personality Across Development Lab

Department of Psychology
University of Houston
126 Heyne Bldg
Houston, TX 77204-5022
Phone: 713-743-4847
Email:tackettlab2@gmail.com.

People

Faculty

Dr. Jennifer Tackett

JLT

Dr. Tackett completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology with minors in statistics, behavior genetics, and personality at the University of Minnesota. She is a graduate of the Texas Academy of Math and Science and of Texas A&M University. Prior to coming to UH, she completed her clinical internship at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center and was a tenured member of the faculty at the University of Toronto. Her research is grounded in an interest of the many personality characteristics that exist early in life and their influence on behavioral development. The list of things she enjoys is long, including (but not limited to) her family, camping, jazz music, West Texas, reading fiction, frozen pizza, Texas wildflowers, and her Crock-Pot

Graduate Research Assistants

Shauna Kushner, M.A.

Shauna Kushner

Shauna is a doctoral candidate in Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto. Using temperament and personality trait frameworks, her research centers on illuminating factors and developmental processes that contribute to maladjustment. More specifically, she is interested in how personality interacts with psychosocial factors, such as stress and social support, to predict the stability of internalizing and externalizing disorders throughout development. Beyond the lab, she enjoys spending time with her Boston Terriers, biking around Toronto, watching terrible movies, and karaoke.

Kathrin Herzhoff, M.A.

Kathrin Herzhoff

Kat is a doctoral student in clinical psychology under the supervision of Dr. Tackett. Her primary research interest lies in the development of a personality construct called Openness-to-Experience and its effect on behavioral competencies and problems in childhood and adolescence. Kat’s secondary research interest lies in assessment issues regarding personality and behavioral problems in childhood. She joined the Tackett Lab as an undergraduate RA in Toronto in January 2008 and currently helps manage our lab in Houston. When Kat is not working, she enjoys exploring the world--most recently Texas--with "deals of the days" by going on horseback, helicopter, or roller-coaster rides with her friends and family

Kathleen Reardon

Kathleen Reardon

I am a graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program. I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010 with a B.S. in psychology. After graduation, I worked as a research assistant for the Pitt Parents and Children Laboratory. My interests include studying the development of antisocial behaviors and severe conduct problems from a developmental psychopathology perspective. When I’m not working, I love spending time with my dog Tilly, and cooking or trying new restaurants!

Avante Smack

Avante Smack

I am a graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program under the supervision of Dr. Tackett. I graduated from Spelman College in 2011 with a B.A. in Psychology. After graduation, I worked at Covenant Community Inc. a residential life stabilization program in Atlanta, Georgia. My interests include understanding how culture influences the development of psychopathology in internalizing and externalizing disorders. When I am not working, I enjoy listening to music, spending time with friends and family, and cooking.

Project Coordinators and Team Leaders 

Deneisi Berrios

Deneisi Berrios

I was born and raised in Houston, TX. I am currently an undergraduate student at the University of Houston in where I will major in psychology and minor in Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS). I am an active member of Psi chi, the International Honor Society in psychology, and also apart of the girls soccer club team at UH. My hobbies include, going to the gym, shopping, drawing, spending time with my family, and taking my dogs for long walks. I am looking forward to working in Dr. Tackett's lab in the fall of 2012, where I'm given the opportunity to learn about children's personality and their influence on their behavior. I am excited to take part in the research of personality and psychopathology topics this lab has to offer.

Maria Ibarra- Child Tester

Maria

Hi, my name is Maria Ibarra. I was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, and I moved to the U.S. when I was 3. I have lived in Baytown, Texas, since then. I transferred to the University of Houston from Lee College in 2010. I started off as a Biology major, but this year I changed my major to Psychology. I am still undecided about my minor, but I am very interested in anthropology. After I graduate I plan to continue my studies at the University of Houston and seek a PhD in Clinical Psychology. I am very excited about working in the Personality Across Development Lab and I know that the experience I gain there will help me further my education and career. In my free time I enjoy spending family time and going to Zumba.

Rima Malkan- Project F.A.D Project Coordinator 

Rima

I am a senior at the University of Houston majoring in Psychology with a double minor in Anthropology and Corporate Communications. My psychological interests include forensic psychology, psychopathology, the effects of personality on behavior, neuroscience, cognition, and the physiological processes of the brain. I have always been interested in the forensic sciences and my passion to help others has led me to pursue a degree in psychology. Upon graduation, I hope to continue studies in a graduate program and eventually a doctorates program, focusing on forensic psychology. I hope to aim my research in neuroimaging and the physiology of brains of people such as serial killers and those with neurological disorders . For now, I am excited to work with Dr. Tackett's lab to see how personality and behavior affect developing children. In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching movies, hanging out with my friends, and outdoor activities!

Jessica Medina- CPBS Spanish Team Leader

Jessica

My name is Jessica Medina. I am currently an undergrad at the University of Houston. Psychology is a subject that has always interested me. I especially love learning about abnormal, forensics, and social psychology. But overall my heart is set on abnormal psych with an emphasis on psychological disorders such as bipolar, post-traumatic stress, schizophrenia, personality disorders, etc. And so my goal is to get into UH's clinical doctoral program in hopes to one day have my own practice. Aside from school I'm a laid back person, I enjoy relaxing on my time off, hanging out with friends, baking, working on arts and crafts, watching movies/TV shows, or just playing with my dog Otis!

Haina Modi- ACT Project Coordinator 

Haina Modi

I am currently an undergraduate student at the University of Houston working on a major in psychology and a double minor in biology and dance. I am interested in pursuing a career in clinical psychology, and although I cannot yet confirm the concentration I wish to undertake, psychopathology and neuropsychology appeal to me more so than any other subject.  I am looking forward to working in Dr. Tackett's lab, where I have the opportunity to learn more about the differing dimensions of childhood personality and its relation to behavior. My pastimes include reading, dancing, rock climbing, and relaxing with friends.

Darcey Philipp- Child Tester

Darcey

Darcey Philipp is a post-baccalaureate Research Assistant with a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Houston and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.  She joined Dr. Tackett’s Personality Across Development Lab in August of 2012 where she is currently serving as Project Coordinator of Project FAD – Friends and Adolescent Decision-making, which looks at personality and motivations for adolescent gambling.  She also works in Dr. Sharp's Developmental Psychopathology Lab where she is currently assisting with the Adolescent Treatment Program (ATP) conducted in coordination with The Menninger Clinic.  Darcey is a member of Psi Chi - The International Honor Society in Psychology.  She plans to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology and her research interests include the interaction of biological and social factors related to the development of personality disorders.  In her spare time, she enjoys being a “foodie,” traveling, reading and spending time outdoors with family and friends.  

Briana Wells- CPBS Project Coordinator 

Briana

I am currently an undergraduate at the University of Houston majoring in Psychology and minoring in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS). I will be completing my undergraduate degree and graduating from the University of Houston in May of 2014. After graduation, I plan to pursue a graduate degree. I enjoy spending my time reading, being outdoors, and hanging out with friends and family. I am a member of the Honors College and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. I look forward to the opportunities that are in store working in Dr. Tackett’s lab, and I am grateful for the experience.

Research Assistants

Lizbeth Cantu

Lizbeth

I am an undergraduate student at the University of Houston, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Italian. I wish to go to graduate school for Clinical Psychology, and some of my interests include psychopathology, personality, and the influence of cultures in psychology. I enjoy watching movies, shows like Criminal Minds, and relaxing in long car trips.

Kardelen Dogan

Kardelen

Hi, my name is Kardelen. I was born in Ankara, Turkey and moved to U.S when I was 10. I’ve lived in Houston since then.  I started college as biochemistry major in UT Dallas but transferred to UH a year later. One of the best decisions I’ve made in my life was to change my major to psychology. Right now, I’m an undergrad majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology. After I graduate, I plan to pursue a graduate degree in a clinical psychology program, preferably in California. My interest started after I took a clinical psychology course. In my free time, I enjoy spending quality time with my family or making puzzle. I love to travel around the world and hope to go to New Zealand one day.

Janelle Elias

Janelle Elias

All my life I had dreamed of becoming a lawyer. After spending almost three years studying political science at the University of Texas at Austin I decided to move back home to Houston to pursue a new career path- medicine. I am now a pre-med student at the University of Houston double majoring in Psychology and Nutrition.  From these two disciplines I plan to obtain a more holistic outlook on medicine and be the kind of future physician that understands that our well-being is pertinent to what we put in our bodies- mentally and physically. Physiological psychology and psychopathology peak my interest but when I am not studying I run a small, at-home cake design business.

Allison Engstrom

Allison

My name is Allison and I was born and raised in Galveston, Texas. I am a Senior at UH and will be receiving my Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies in the Summer or Fall of 2014. After graduation, I intend to earn a Master's degree in Social Work or Clinical Psychology, pursuing a PhD soon after that. I hope to work in a high school or middleschool setting as a Psychologist or a counselor for a period of time during my career, later opening a private practice for adolescents as my experience grows. I am fascinated by the teenage mind and would like to discover new and more efficient ways for parents and teachers to communicate and guide teens through the critical and sensitive periods of development that they encounter. I am honored with the opportunity to work in the Personality Across Development lab will be benefited with the experience I need to fulfill my dreams.

Jocelyn Miranda

Jocelyn Miranda

I was born in California, lived in Mexico for five years, and moved to Houston when I was six. I have lived here ever since. I am now an undergraduate student at the University of Houston. I am pursuing a BA in Psychology with a minor in human development and family studies. I enjoy working and learning from children. I am particularly interested in learning about cross cultural differences in personality. After graduation I plan to continue my education into graduate school. I am still undecided about which branch of psychology I want to specialize in, but I know that I want to work with children and their families. In my spare time I enjoy listening to music, painting, and spending time with my family and friends. I have one dog and two parakeets which I adore and love spending time with as well.

Rubi Morgan

Rubi

I am a senior, majoring in psychology and minoring in comd. My interest is in deaf studies and hearing/speech abnormalities. I am a two-year member of Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. I enjoy reading and indie/folk music.

Tanveer Otal

Tanveer

Tanveer Otal was born and raised in Houston, Texas from parents of Indian descent. She is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Houston. Tanveer is a junior working towards completing her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Health. Upon graduation, her goal is to continue on to graduate school to obtain a PhD in Clinical Psychology. Tanveer’s areas of research interest include: emotional self-regulation, maladaption, and addiction. Outside of schoolwork she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, yoga, dancing, shopping, and playing with her kitten, Billy. Tanveer is very passionate about the study of psychology and is super excited to be a part of this lab.

Alicia Ross

Alicia

I graduated from the University of Houston December 2013 with a B.S in Psychology and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. I am very interested in adolescents, neuropsychology and abnormal behavior. In the future, I plan to attend graduate school and enter a clinical psychology program. I am excited to be a research assistant for Dr. Tackett’s Personality Across Development Lab to learn and gain research experience. In my free time, I enjoy socializing with family and friends.  

Sandra Olmo Ruiperez 

Sandra

My name is Sandra Olmo Ruipérez. I was born in Cuenca, Spain, and I moved to the U.S. a few years ago. I have lived in Houston, Texas, since then. I am an international transfer student. I started off as a Computer Engineering major, but I changed my major to Psychology and followed my vocation. I haven't decided my minor, but I am very interested in sociology. I am very excited about working in the Personality Across Development Lab, it is a wonderful opportunity, I am very grateful. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, cooking and Pilates.

Taylor Walker

Taylor

My name is Taylor Walker and I am a junior at the University of Houston pursuing a major in Psychology and a minor in Biology. I plan to graduate with my Bachelor's in December 2014 and, soon after, pursue a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology. I am very excited to be a part of the Personality Across Development Lab as I feel it will give me a good feel of real-life Psychology and help me to gain experience and further my career in the field.