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Cassandra Brandes PhD

Cassandra Brandes
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, REWARD Lab
  • Department of Psychiatry, UIC
Gender Pronouns
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Contact Information
  • brandes4 [at]
  • (217) 265-5174

Cassandra Brandes, PhD is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Psychology at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her clinical interests primarily involve using behavioral therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and exposure and response prevention to treat a variety of presenting problems among children and adults.

Dr. Brandes’s research has two primary arms, including (1) using comorbidity to study dysfunctions that are shared between disorders (i.e., transdiagnostic factors), and (2) examining how normative and personality disorder traits are connected.

  • Graduate School
    Northwestern University (Department of Psychology)
  • Undergraduate
    University of Oregon
  • Comorbidity, developmental psychopathology, dimensional assessment, psychometrics, personality, substance use disorders

  • Brandes, C.M., Reardon, K.W., Samuel, D.B., De Clercq, B. & Tackett, J.L. (accepted). Maladaptive extremes of Five Factor Model traits in children: A Registered Report. Journal of Research in Personality. [Stage 1 Registered Report]. Preprint:

    Brandes, C.M., Reardon, K.W., Shields, A.N., & Tackett, J.L. (2021). Towards construct validity of relational aggression: An examination of the Children’s Social Behavior Scale. Psychological Assessment, 33(9), 855-870. Preprint:

    Brandes, C.M., Kushner, S.C., Herzhoff, K., & Tackett, J.L. (2021). Facet-level personality development in the transition to adolescence: Maturity, disruption, and gender differences. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 121(5), 1095-1111. Preprint:

    Brandes, C.M., Herzhoff, K., Smack, A.J., & Tackett, J.L. (2019). The p factor and the n factor: Associations between the general factors of psychopathology and neuroticism in children. Clinical Psychological Science, 7(6), 1266-1284. Preprint:

    Brandes, C.M. & Tackett, J.L. (2019). Contextualizing neuroticism in the Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology. Journal of Research in Personality, 81, 238-245. Preprint: