Kathryn Paige Harden
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology,
The University of Texas at Austin
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INSTITUTION AND LOCATION DEGREE
FIELD OF STUDY
Furman University, Greenville, SC
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
A. PERSONAL STATEMENT
Dr. Harden’s research focuses on how normative developmental changes in adolescence contribute to
vulnerability to the emergence of psychopathology and delinquency in adolescence. This research program
addresses three main questions. First, how do individual differences in the timing of reproductive
development (pubertal timing and the transition to sexual relationships)? Second, to what extent do biological
/ genetic differences in reproductive development underlie these associations? Third, to what extent are these
associations mediated and/or moderated by changes in attention, personality, and susceptibility to peer
influence? Since Dr. Harden arrived at UT in Fall 2009, her research group has published numerous studies
on these topics, including studies in Psychological Medicine, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Developmental
Psychology, and Child Development.
Dr. Harden is the co-director of the Twin Project at the University of Texas, a PRC-affiliated project that was
supported by Level II “Seed Funds” from the center. This project is collecting comprehensive demographic,
psychiatric, and academic data from a sample of school-age twins in the central Texas region, and their
families. Initial research support from the PRC has been used to generate pilot data on this twin sample that
formed the basis of a recent R01 application. As a research associate of the PRC, Dr. Harden heavily utilizes
an array of resources provided by the center. First, she has made use of the PRC’s excellent grants
administration support for the preparation of grant applications. This has resulted in three successful
applications for R21 awards (two as Co-Investigator, one as Primary Investigator). The most recent R21
application was developed as part of the PRC grant-writing “bootcamp”, which provided an excellent and
highly useful introduction to grantsmanship. Her research makes extensive use of the REDCap, a secure
web-based system for survey and data management that is managed by the computing core at the center.
Together with Dr. Tucker-Drob, another PRC faculty research associate in the Department of Psychology, Dr.
Harden has developed a research group of graduate studens and talented undergraduates. This group holds
weekly lab meetings to develop project ideas, and provides a unique training experience that integrates
population and behavioral genetic methods.
Dr. Harden’s work broadly informs research on Health Disparities. Adolescence and young adulthood is a
developmental period marked by gaps in mental health, and her work examines some of the specific
developmental challenges that may initiate and perpetuate these mental health disparities.
B. POSITIONS AND HONORS
Positions and Employment
2007 Distinguished Teaching Fellow, Department of Psychology, University of Virginia,
2008 Visiting Research Fellow, Center for Educational Research, Max Planck Institute for Human
Development, Berlin, Germany
2008-2009 Predoctoral Intern and Clinical Fellow in Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard
Medical School / McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA
2009- Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology / Population Research Center, The University
of Texas at Austin
Honors, Other Experience, and Professional Memberships
1999 Founders Scholarship (Full tuition and fees), Furman University, Greenville, SC
2007 Thompson Award, Behavior Genetics Association
2008 Award for Excellence in Scholarship in Sciences and Engineering, Office for the Vice-President
for Research and Graduate Studies, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
2008 Rebecca Boone Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching, Department of Psychology,
Unviersity of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
2008 All-University Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, Office of the Provost and the Teaching
Resource Center, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
2008 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, Department of Psychology, University of
Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
C. SELECTED PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS (Selected from 29 peer-reviewed publications total)
Papers Published as a Faculty Associate of the Population Research Center
Harden, K.P., D’Onofrio, B.M., Van Hulle, C., Turkheimer, E., Rodgers, J.L., & Lahey, B.L. 2009. Population
Density and Youth Antisocial Behavior. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 50, 999 -1008.
Harden, K.P. 2010. Does Religious Involvement Protect Against Early Drinking? A Behavior Genetic
Approach. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 51, 763-771.
Mendle, J.E., Harden, K.P., Brooks-Gunn, J., & Graber, J.A. (2010). Development’s Tortoise and Hare:
Differing Roles of Pubertal Timing and Pubertal Tempo in the Emergence of Depressive Symptoms.
Developmental Psychology 46, 1341-1353. PMCID: PMC3114603
Singh, A.L., D’Onofrio, B.M., Slutske, W.S., Turkheimer, E., Emery, R.E., Harden, K.P., Heath, A.C., Madden,
P.A.F., Statham, D.J., & Martin, N.G. 2011. Parental Depression and Offspring Psychopathology: A
Children of Twins Study. Psychological Medicine 41, 1385-1395.
Tucker-Drob, E.M., Rhemtulla, M., Harden, K.P., Turkheimer, E., & Fask, D. 2011. Emergence of a Gene-by-
socioeconomic Status Interaction in Mental Ability from 10 months to 2 years. Psychological Science 22,
Harden, K.P., Mendle, J., & Kretsch, N.* 2011. Genetic and Environmental Pathways Between Early Pubertal
Timing and Disordered Eating Behavior. Psychological Medicine, Epub ahead of print.
Harden, K.P. & Mendle, J. 2011. Gene-environment Interplay in the Association Between Early Pubertal
Timing and Delinquency in Adolescent Girls. Journal of Abnormal Psychology. Epub ahead of print. doi:
Harden, K. P., & Tucker-Drob, E. M. 2011. Individual Differences in the Development of Sensation Seeking
and Impulsivity During Adolescence: Further Evidence for a Dual Systems Model. Developmental
Psychology 47, 739-746. doi:10.1037/a0023279.
Harden, K.P., and Mendle, J. 2011. Adolescent Sexual Activity and the Development of Delinquent Behavior:
The Role of Relationship Context. Journal of Youth and Adolescence 40, 825-838.
Harden, K.P., & Mendle, J.E. 2011. Why Don’t Smart Teens Have Sex? A Behavioral Genetic Analysis. Child
Development. Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2011.01607.x
Tucker-Drob, E.M., & Harden, K.P. (In Press). Early Childhood Cognitive Development and Parental Cognitive
Stimulation: Evidence for Reciprocal Gene-environment Transactions. Developmental Science.
Harden, K.P., Quinn, P.D.*, & Tucker-Drob, E.M. (In Press). Genetically Influenced Change in Sensation
Seeking Drives the Rise of Delinquency in Early Adolescence. Developmental Science.
Mendle, J., Harden, K.P., Graber, J.A., & Brooks-Gunn, J. (In Press). Peer Relationships and Depressive
Symptoms in Boys at Puberty. Developmental Psychology.
Quinn, P.D.* & Harden, K.P. (In Press). Differential Changes in Impulsivity and Sensation Seeking and the
Escalation of Substance Use from Adolescence to Early Adulthood. Development and Psychopathology.
Tucker-Drob, E.M., & Harden, K.P. (In Press). Interests Mediate Gene-by-SES Interaction on Adolescent
Academic Achievement. Child Development.
D. RESEARCH SUPPORT DURING THE LAST THREE YEARS
Ongoing Research Support
1R21HD069772 (PI: E.M.Tucker-Drob)
National Institutes of Health
Gene-Environment Interplay in Early Cognitive Development
This research will break new ground in identifying and testing mechanisms by which genes interact with
socioeconomic status, parent behaviors, and child behaviors, to affect children’s early cognitive development
and school readiness.
1 R21 AA020045 (PI: Crosnoe)
National Institutes of Health
Education and Alcohol Use in Adolescence and Young Adulthood
This project will use data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (AddHealth) to examine
the influence of educational contexts across high school and college on drinking behaviors in adolescence
and young adulthood, including an investigation of gene-by-environment interaction.
Completed Research Support
Level 2 Internal Seed Grant (Co-PIs: Harden & Tucker-Drob)
Agency: Population Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin
Title: “The Twin Project at the University of Texas”
This internal seed grant supported pilot research to test the feasibility of establishing a population-based
registry of Austin-area school-aged twins.
1 F31 DA023751 (PI: Harden)
Behavior Genetic Investigation of Religiosity and Adolescent Problem Behavior.
This study used twin and sibling pairs to test hypotheses about protective effects of religious involvement on
adolescent delinquency, aggression, alcohol use, and drug use.
Role: Principal Investigator