Lab Members


Kathryn Paige Harden, Ph.DPaigeFamily-029 copy

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Faculty Research Associate, 
Population Research Center

Jacobs Foundation Research Fellow, 2017-2019

Dr. Paige Harden received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia in 2009.  She completed her internship at Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts.  She joined the Psychology department at the University of Texas at Austin in August 2009.  Dr. Harden’s research uses behavioral genetic methods to study developmental psychopathology in adolescence, including substance use, delinquency, and risky sexual behavior. She is also interested in cognitive development across the lifespan. She is the co-director of The Twin Project at The University of Texas.

Harden and Tucker-Drob Labs – Fall 2017. front row: Megan Thibodeaux, Margherita Malanchini, Aditi Sabhlok, Stephanie Savicki, Megan Patterson. second row: Paige Harden, James Madole, Travis Mallard, Elliot Tucker-Drob, Andrew Grotzinger, Samantha Freis, Laura Engelhardt


The Harden & Tucker-Drob Labs

The Harden & Tucker-Drob Labs – August 2015. From left to right: Frank Mann, Elliot Tucker-Drob, Paige Harden, Stephanie Savicki, Anna Lewis, Megan Patterson, James Ashenhurst, Laura Engelhardt, Andrew Grotzinger


from left to right: Elliot Tucker-Drob, Frank Mann, Daniel Briley, Laura Engelhardt, Marie Carlson, Amanda Cheung, Paige Harden

The Harden & Tucker-Drob Labs – May 2014
from left to right: Elliot Tucker-Drob, Frank Mann, Natalie Kretsch, Daniel Briley, Laura Engelhardt, Marie Carlson, Amanda Cheung, Paige Harden

Current Lab Members

Megan Patterson, M.A.
4th Year Graduate Student, Clinical Psychology

Andrew Grotzinger, B.A.
3rd Year Graduate Student, Clinical Psychology

Travis Mallard, B.S.
3rd Year Graduate Student, Clinical Psychology

James Madole, B.A.
1st Year Graduate Student, Clinical Psychology

Aditi Sabhlok, B.A.
1st Year Graduate Student, Clinical Psychology

Lab Alumni

Marie Carlson, M.A.
Predoctoral Clinical Intern, University of Califonia San Diego / VA San Diego Healthcare System

Frank Mann, Ph.D. [webpage]
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Minnesota

James Ashenhurst, Ph.D.
Product Scientist, 23andMe

Amanda Cheung, Ph.D.
Predoctoral Clinical Intern, Mailman Center for Child Development, University of Miami

Natalie Kretsch, Ph.D.
Psychology Resident, University of Miami Counseling Center

Daniel Briley, Ph.D. [webpage]
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Interested in working in the Developmental Behavior Genetics Lab as a Research Assistant?

Email Andrew Grotzinger at for an application and more information.

Dr. Harden does not plan to admit a graduate student for Fall 2018.

Prospective graduate students for future years can apply through either Clinical Psychology or Individual Differences and Evolutionary Psychology.

Prospective students are encouraged to read recent articles that we’ve published before deciding whether to apply to work in the Harden Lab. Successful applicants typically have at least 1 year of research experience in the areas of behavioral genetics, child/adolescent development, or externalizing psychopathology. Applicants who have good quantitative skills (as evidenced by high quantitative GRE scores) or who have experience with statistical computing are encouraged to apply. Applicants are also encouraged to submit a writing sample when uploading their application materials. Strong personal statements typically focus on how the applicant’s specific research interests and professional goals intersect with the lab’s research program. Essays that focus primarily on the applicant’s clinical experiences, personal experiences with psychopathology, desire to live in Austin, or general desire to go to graduate school are generally less effective.