Lab Members

Kathryn Paige Harden, Ph.DPaigeFamily-029 copy

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

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.  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

Megan Patterson Dissertation Defense – May 2019

Harden Lab – April 2018 – Sam Freis, Megan Patterson, Stephanie Savicki, Margherita Malanchini, Aditi Sabhlok, Megan Thibodeaux

Harden Lab + friends – May 2019 – Laurel Raffington, Chelsea Kilimnick, Andrew Grotzinger, James Madole, Evan Easley, Sam Freis, Nick Patton, Paige Harden, 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

James Madole
Ph.D. student, Clinical Psychology

Aditi Sabhlok
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology

Peter Tanksley, Ph.D. 
Postdoctoral Fellow

Laurel Raffington, Ph.D. 
Postdoctoral Fellow

Lab Alumni

Margherita Malanchini, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London

Sam Freis
Ph.D. student, CU Boulder

Megan Patterson, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral fellow, University of Colorado

Travis Mallard, M.A.
Clinical Intern, Veteran Affairs Maryland Health Care

Andrew Grotzinger, M.A.
Clinical Intern, Harvard Medical School / MGH; incoming Assistant Professor, CU Boulder

Marie Carlson, Ph.D.

Frank Mann, Ph.D. [webpage]
Research Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University

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. [webpage]
Licensed psychologist, Deep Eddy Psychotherapy

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 Evan Easley at for an application and more information. We have currently suspended data collection due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will begin hiring RAs again when data collection resumes.

Dr. Harden plans to admit a graduate student for Fall 2021.

Prospective graduate students can apply through either Clinical Psychology, Developmental 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. You can find recent preprints on bioRxiv and a list of publications on Google Scholar. Successful applicants typically have at least 1 year of research experience in the areas of genetics, statistics, computer science, child/adolescent development, or clincial psychology. Applicants who have strong quantitative skills (as evidenced by high quantitative GRE scores or advanced coursework in mathematics or statistics) or who have experience with data science 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.