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I'm a PhD candidate (all but internship) in clinical psychology at Northwestern University and clinical intern in the University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Psychiatry. Broadly, I am interested in how we classify and diagnose mental health problems in children and adolescents. I use disorder co-occurrence, also called comorbidity, to understand transdiagnostic features of mental illness. Much of my research also investigates how psychological symptoms overlap with normative personality traits.

I also maintain a complementary line of work on methods for increasing transparency and replicability in scientific research. Specifically, I am interested in how "open science" methods can be applied to research designs in clinical psychology and psychiatry.


Please see the links above to learn about some of my current and past research projects.

Psychopathology & Personality
Child & Adolescent Personality Development


Psychopathology & Personality Assessment
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Towards construct validity of relational aggression: An examination of the Children's Social Behavior Scale

Brandes, C.M., Reardon, K.W., Shields, A.N., & Tackett, J.L. (2021). Psychological Assessment 33(9), 855-870.

Facet-level personality development in the transition to adolescence: Maturity, disruption, and gender differences

Brandes, C.M., Kushner, S.C., Herzhoff, K., & Tackett, J.L. (2020). Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Advance online publication.

The p factor and the n factor: Associations between the general factors of psychopathology and neuroticism in children

Brandes, C.M., Herzhoff, K., Smack, A.J., & Tackett, J.L. (2019). Clinical Psychological Science 7 (6), 1266-1284.

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