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Jennifer Tackett

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. When she isn't working, she enjoys exploring Houston restaurants and museums, camping and hiking across the American South and Southwest, and soaking up the hot Texas sun. She also enjoys spending time (some of which is during the day) with her son, Jarrett, whose temperament indicates that he is a happy baby (high Positive Emotionality) who is, historically, not that interested in sleeping (high Activity).

   
   

Houston Graduate Students


   
   

Kathrin Herzhoff

I am a doctoral student in clinical psychology under the supervision of Dr. Tackett. My 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. My secondary research interest lies in assessment issues regarding personality and behavioral problems in childhood. I joined the Tackett Lab as an undergraduate RA in Toronto in January 2008 and currently help manage our lab in Houston. When I am not working, I enjoy exploring the world--most recently Texas--with "deals of the days" by going on horseback, helicopter, or roller-coaster rides with my friends and family.

   
   

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 Iím not working, I love spending time with my dog Tilly, and cooking or trying new restaurants!

   
   

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 2011with 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.

   
   

Toronto Graduate Students


   
   

Stephanie (Bass) Daoud

I am a doctoral student working under Dr. Jennifer Tackett for my dissertation. My main areas of interest involve studying psychopathic traits and aggression, and the possible underlying biology. I will be working on the Childhood Personality Across Cultures (CPAC) Study. I completed my Master's in Psychology under the supervision of Dr. David Nussbaum studying decision-making, aggression and repeated violence in forensic psychiatric inpatients.

   
   

Shauna Kushner

I am a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology. I am broadly interested in studying personality as a framework for understanding mental health throughout the lifespan. Under the supervision of Jennifer Tackett, my graduate research has largely examined the relationship between personality traits and emotional difficulties in childhood, such as depression and anxiety. Throughout my doctoral studies, I hope to gain a more nuanced understanding of how personality interacts with other factors, such as social support, to predict the stability of mental illnesses throughout development. In the Personality Across Development Lab, I am actively involved as an interviewer and project coordinator for the Child Personality and Behaviour Study. Beyond the lab, I enjoy spending time with my dogs, biking around Toronto, watching terrible movies, and karaoke.

   
   

Houston Lab


   
   

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.

   
   

Aakhira Bonds

I am an undergraduate student in the psychology field seeking my Bachelor of Arts degree. Currently I am under the supervision of Dr. Tackett in the Personality Across Development Lab with an interest in externalizing disorders and self-regulation. In the future, I plan to be in a graduate school program studying clinical psychology with an emphasis in personality disorders. In my downtime I love listening to music and spending time with friends and family.

   
   

Lizandra Gonzalez

Currently I am an undergraduate student at the University of Houston, majoring in a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Human Resources Management (HRM). I have always been interested in the field of psychology that deals with children. This field has always interested me because I have a family member, who was diagnosed with a developmental disorder. Although he was diagnosed with this disorder he is very smart when it comes to technology, which has always caught my attention. I hope to learn more about this field and believe Dr. Tackettís lab will help me to understand children more in depth. On my free time I try to spend it with my family and go out with them, as well as read an interesting book, and do outdoors activities.

   
   

Daniel Green

As a fourth year undergraduate at the University of Houston, I plan on graduating in December of 2013 with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Anthropology. My academic interests include cross-cultural comparisons of the way people view behavior, emotion, and mental phenomena. My future career goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Although I do not know what specialization to pursue at this point in time, I am leaning toward a program centered on researching and developing treatments for the increasing incidence of veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. My purpose for participation at Dr. Tackett's lab is to expand my awareness of what a career in psychological research might entail while expanding my understanding of child development. In my free time I enjoy listening to and playing music, reading philosophy, and spending time with friends.

   
   

Shayleen Haas

I was born in Georgia, but raised in San Antonio, TX. I have 2 step sisters and a younger brother all of which who still live in San Antonio. I graduated early at 17 and began college the next semester at Northeast Lakeview College in San Antonio. At 18, I decided I needed a change and abruptly moved to Houston. I transferred to Houston Community College to finish my basics. Afterwards, I transferred to the University of Houston to begin studying psychology. Currently, I am in my senior year, and anticipate graduation in December of 2012. I have a 3.8 GPA, am a member of Phi Beta Phi, Phi Kappa Phi, and Psi Chi. Upon graduation, I hope to continue my studies at the University of Houston in the PhD Counseling Psychology program. I hope to one day be a counselor in treatment and drug programs for adolescents and children. I hope to specialize in adolescent depression and addiction. My hobbies include reading, horseback riding, and relaxing!

   
   

Ezekiel Hamor

I graduated Cum Laude from the University of Houston in December 2012 with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. My specified interests in psychology include clinical, social, and industrial organizational psychology. I am currently a research assistant for Dr. Tackett's Personality Across Development Lab and Dr. Neighbor's Social Influences and Health Behaviors Lab. I plan to use the experience I have gained to further my education in graduate school. I was born in the Philippines, but I was raised in Houston. In my spare time, I like to run, play sports, and read books.

   
   

Maria Ibarra

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.

   
   

Najwa Mata

I am majoring in Psychology with a minor in Mathematics at the University of Houston. I have always been interested in human behavior and cognitive development. My interest in psychology grew when I volunteered as a counselor in the Houston Area Women's Center for the Spanish speaking community. I am interested in neuroscience, clinical psychology, and industrial organizational psychology. For now, I am excited to work with Doctor Tackett's lab where I have the opportunity to learn about children's personality in a longevity study. In my spare time, I enjoy going to drink coffee with my sister, dancing, going to museums, including the Jung Center, reading, and of course spending time with family and friends.

   
   

Ashley Meachen

I graduated from the University of Houston in May 2012 with a bachelors in psychology and a minor in political science. I intend to pursue a career in the forensic psychology setting. My specific interests in forensic psychology, at this time, are still too broad for me to decide exactly what specific area I would like to study or work in. My hope is that working in this lab could help me to narrow my interests by deciding exactly which population I would like to work with in regards to children or adults. When I have spare time, I enjoy spending time with family, doing something that spikes my adrenaline, and being outdoors.

   
   

Jessican Medina

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

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.

   
   

Yasman Mostajeran

Yasman graduated from the University of Houston with a B.S. in psychology and a minor in Spanish. She has been working with Dr. Penney's lab since August 2012 and joined Dr. Tackett's lab in January 2013. She plans to pursue clinical/counseling psychology in graduate school and focus on marriage and family therapy. Her pastimes include cooking, exercising, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

   
   

Darcey Philipp

I am a senior at the University of Houston working on my second bachelor's degree. I have a B.A. in economics from the University of Texas at Austin and I'm currently working on a B.S. in psychology. My interest in this particular field stemmed from being a guardian ad litem at Child Advocates, Inc. for abused and neglected children that have been placed into CPS care. Understanding the development of psychopathology (especially personality disorders) is paramount for being able to predict and ultimately change maladaptive behavior. I am also interested in forensic psychology - when psychopathology manifests into criminal behavior. I look forward to expanding my skill set, making new friends and applying these experiences to a clinical Ph.D. program. In my spare time, I like to volunteer, read, watch sports, exercise and hang out with my Golden Retriever.

   
   

Karen Springer

Karen Springer completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Management at the University of Houston in May 2012, and plans to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. Karen has been actively involved as a Research Assistant in the Developmental Psychopathology Lab and joined Dr. Tackett's Personality Across Development Lab in May 2012. She is also an active member of Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology, and enjoys volunteering in community service projects, festivals, and walks in Houston. Karen's research interests include etiology and treatments of depression, substance-related disorders, and schizophrenia, and wishes to work with adolescents in the future.

   
   
   
   

Masha Zhebrak

I am an undergraduate psychology major at the University of Houston. After graduation I plan on pursuing a Ph.D./MD in clinical psychology. I am interested in studying working-model changes across development in children, adolescents, and adults with Cluster B or C personality disorders. In particular, I am interested in dialectical behavioral therapy treatments for Histrionic and Dependent personality disorders. Besides psychology, I enjoy consuming an insurmountable amount of coffee.