For Parents 

The PAD lab is actively recruiting participants for all of our studies. You can also contact the lab to be added to our database and every time your child is eligible to participate in one of our studies, you will be notified.

For contact information click here.


To indicate that you’re interested in being contacted about our Game Changers study (about leadership in adolescents ages 13-17), fill out our interest form here or send us an email at

Get Involved! 

High School

We accept a small class of high school interns each summer. If you’re interested in this opportunity, send a copy of your resume and a short paragraph about why you think you’d be a good fit for our lab to


If you are an undergraduate student interested in volunteering in the PADlab, please click here to fill out an application.


If you are interested in joining the Tackett Lab for graduate studies, you can apply through the Department of Psychology for the Clinical PhD program (for more information see Northwestern’s Department of Psychology website). We cover a broad range of personality and behavior topics in the lab, so if you are interested in personality, temperament, externalizing disorders, self-regulation, emotional regulation, personality disorders, or the development of any of these, the lab may be a good fit for you. Students with interest or background in advanced statistical applications and rigorous approaches to psychological measurement are particularly encouraged to apply.


If you are a graduate student seeking a postdoctoral position and have overlapping research interests with ongoing work in the Tackett Lab, please email Dr. Tackett. Many opportunities exist for postdoctoral research with two large datasets (each includes over 400 families) of archival information including multiple measures of personality, emotion, temperament, life events, relationships, and psychopathology. One of these datasets currently has 3 waves of longitudinal data. Opportunities also exist for postdoctoral fellows to gain additional experience with advanced statistics and various methodologies including clinical interviewing, psychophysiological, psychoneuroendocrinological, neuroimaging, and behavior and molecular genetics applications.


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Phone: 847-467-7348


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