Daniel A. Briley is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on the development of personality, socioemotional skills, and academic achievement. The goal of this research is to better understand the pathways that children, adolescents, and adults can follow to obtain desired goals in the domains of health, career, and relationship success. To accomplish this goal, he examines the complex interconnections between genetic influences and environmental context. This work has demonstrated how the unique dispositions of individuals dynamically shape and interact with their environments, and how this process guides development.
Jennifer Tackett is a clinical psychologist at Northwestern University. She 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 a senior editor at Collabra: Clinical Psychology and an associate editor at Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science and the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. She is also a former associate editor at the Journal of Personality, Perspectives in Psychological Science, the Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, the Journal of Personality Disorders, Assessment, and the Journal of Research in Personality. When she isn’t working or joining her two hilarious and smart kiddos in a dance party, she enjoys playing piano or indulging her cross-stitch obsession.
Cassandra Brandes is a clinical psychology Ph.D. student at Northwestern University, where she started in 2016. She is primarily interested in how psychosocial factors (such as parenting) and biological factors (such as genetics) are jointly related to children’s personality traits and mental health outcomes. Beyond this, she is also interested in the continuum between normal personality traits and psychopathology. 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.
Susana Sosa is a recent graduate with a B.S. in human development and family studies and a minor in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She worked as an undergraduate research assistant in Robin Jarrett’s Ethnography Lab for two semesters, as well as Daniel Briley’s Personality and Cognition (PAC) Lab before becoming the PAC Lab manager. As a McNair Scholar, her senior thesis was advised by Daniel and examined the parent-child relationship influence on the psychological development of neuroticism in adolescence.
Anqing Zheng joined the doctoral program in the personality psychology area in 2016. She graduated from Tsinghua University in China with a B.A. in psychology. She is primarily interested in personality development throughout the lifespan, and in personality change that could inform education practices and interventions, where she integrates both psychological and behavior genetic approaches in her research.