Jennifer Tackett Associate Professor; Director of Clinical Psychology

Program Area(s):

Clinical; Personality and Health

Interest(s):

Externalizing and disinhibitory psychopathology in youth; genetic and hormonal influences on externalizing problems; youth personality; gender and racial/ethnic disparities in externalizing problems

Research Interests

Our lab focuses on understanding externalizing psychopathology in childhood and adolescence, including physical and relational aggression, delinquency, personality disorder, and addiction. We adopt a multiple levels of analysis approach, incorporating genetic and hormonal biomarkers of externalizing problems and also examining the impact of environmental factors such as parenting, friendships, life stress, and SES on externalizing problems and potential gender and racial/ethnic disparities. Another major research program in the lab focuses on measurement and development of child and adolescent personality, broadly conceived, but with special attention to the development of social dominance and self-control.

Selected Publications

Tackett, J. L., Herzhoff, K.**, Kushner, S. C.**, & Rule, N. (in press). Thin slices of child personality: Perceptual, situational, and behavioral contributions. Manuscript in press, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 

Tackett, J. L., Reardon, K. W.**, Herzhoff, K.**, Page-Gould, E., Harden, K. P., & Josephs, R. A. (2015). Estradiol and cortisol interactions in youth externalizing psychopathology. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 55, 146-153.  

Tackett, J. L., Kushner, S. K.**, Herzhoff, K.** , Smack, A.**, & Reardon, K.** (2014). Viewing relational aggression through multiple lenses: Temperament, personality, and personality pathology. Development and Psychopathology, 26, 863-877.    

Tackett, J. L., Herzhoff, K.**, Harden, K. P., Page-Gould, E., & Josephs, R. A. (2014). Personality × hormone interactions in adolescent externalizing psychopathology. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 5, 235-246.    

Tackett, J. L., Kushner, S. K.**., Josephs, R. A., Harden, K. P., Page-Gould, E., & Tucker-Drob, E. M. (2014). Cortisol reactivity and recovery in the context of adolescent personality disorder. Journal of Personality Disorders, 28, 25-39. 

Tackett, J. L., Lahey, B. B., Van Hulle, C., Waldman, I., Krueger, R. F., & Rathouz, P. J. (2013). Common genetic influences on negative emotionality and a general psychopathology factor in childhood and adolescence. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 122, 1142-1153.   

Tackett, J. L., Kushner, S. K.**, De Fruyt, F., & Mervielde, I. (2013). Delineating personality traits in childhood and adolescence: Associations across measures, temperament, and behavioral problems. Assessment, 20, 738-751.