Kathryn Paige Harden

Kathryn Paige Harden

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Kathryn Paige Harden is a tenured professor in the Department of Psychology at UT Austin, where she leads the Developmental Behavior Genetics lab and co-directs the Texas Twin Project. She is the author of The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality which describes how genetics can help create a more just and equal society (watch Harden’s introduction to the book here). The Genetic Lottery has been translated into nine languages and is now available in paperback. 

Harden received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia and completed her clinical internship at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School before moving to Austin in 2009. Her research and writing have been featured in the New York TimesWashington Post, and The Atlantic, and Huffington Post, among others. She was honored by the American Psychological Association for her distinguished scientific contributions to the study of genetics and human individual differences. You can read a New Yorker profile of her here, and follow her on Twitter at @kph3k.