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

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, M.A.

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, M.A

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 

Lizbeth Cantu- CPBS Project Coordinator & Child Tester

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.

Allison Engstrom - Project F.A.D Project Coordinator 

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.

Tanveer Otal- Texas Twin Project Project Coordinator, PDAO Project Coordinator, Risky Business Project Coordinator & Child Tester

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.

Raquel Lara- CPBS Data Manager, Risky Business Project Coordinator & Child Tester

Raquel

My name is Raquel Lara and I am currently a Junior at the University of Houston pursuing a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. I started out as a double major in Journalism and Psychology at New York University. I transferred to the University of Houston my sophomore year and decided to focus on my main interest—psychology. I am so glad that I made the decision to be a part of such a great University. After I graduate, I plan on continuing my education to obtain a PhD in Clinical Psychology. I am extremely excited to be working with the Personality Across Development Lab, as I think it's a great opportunity to learn more about Clinical Psychology and hone in on my field of interest. Outside of academics, I enjoy spending time with family, watching movies, and baking.

Research Assistants

Melanie Gomez

Melanie

My name is Melanie Gomez; I was born and raised in La Porte, TX. I am currently an undergraduate student at the University of Houston majoring in Psychology and minoring in Biology. Upon graduation, I hope to attend graduate school and receive my PhD in clinical neuropsychology. My interests in psychology center on neuropsychology, neurodegenerative diseases and cognition; mainly in how the brain directly affects behavior. In addition to school, I work at UTHSC Child Development Center where I care for children. Due to my experience working with children, I hope to one day become a clinical pediatric neuropsychologist. I am grateful to be working in the Personality Across Development lab as this opportunity will give me experience in research working with children and personalities that will further prepare me for graduate school.  When I am not studying or working, I enjoy spending time outdoors with friends and my puppy Paul, traveling and watching movies.

Cristina Martinez

Laura

Hello, my name is Cristina Martinez. I was born and raised here in Houston, Texas and I am currently a junior at the University of Houston. I am working on getting a B.A. in Psychology with a Sociology minor. After graduating I would like to go to graduate school but I am undecided on what field I would like to focus on. My interests include personality development, cognitive psychology, and social psychology. I am very grateful for the opportunity to work in the Personality Across Development Lab. In my free time I enjoy reading, baking, and spending time with friends and family.