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Rachel Kahn

Rachel Kahn

Faculty, Department of Psychology
Faculty, JK Lifespan Development Lab


  • 2014-present Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Psychology, Virginia Tech
  • 2009-2014 Ph.D. Applied Developmental Psychology, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
  • 2007-2009 Clinical Research Coordinator, Mobile MRI Core and Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at The Mind Research Network and University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2005-2007 Research Coordinator, Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center and Yale University, Hartford, CT.
  • 2002-2004 M.A. Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice - CUNY, New York, NY
  • 1998-2002 B.S. Psychology, Illinois State University, Normal, IL


  • Risk and protective factors in the development of externalizing psychopathology
  • Contextual influences linked to adolescent health risk behaviors
  • Unique causal pathways involved in the development of callous-unemotional traits among children and adolescents
  • Affective and cognitive deficits associated with the development of psychopathic traits.


  • Kahn, R. E., Holmes, C., Farley, J., & Kim-Spoon, J. (2015). Delay discounting mediates parent-adolescent relationship quality and risky sexual behavior for low self-control adolescents. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 44, 1674-1687.
  • Kim-Spoon, J., Kahn, R. E., Deater-Deckard, K., Chiu, P. H., Steinberg, L., & King-Casas, B. (2015). Risky decision making in a laboratory driving task is associated with health risk behaviors during late adolescence but not adulthood. International Journal of Behavioral Development. Advance Online Publication.
  • Golmaryami, F. N., Frick, P. J., Hemphill, S., Kahn, R. E., Crapanzano, A. M., & Terranova, A. (2015). The social, behavioral, and emotional correlates to bullying and victimization in a school-based sample. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. Advance Online Publication.
  • Frick, P. J., Ray, J.V., Thornton, L. C., & Kahn, R. E. (2014). Can callous-unemotional traits enhance the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of serious conduct problems in children and adolescents? A comprehensive review. Psychological Bulletin, 140, 1-57.
  • Frick, P. J., Ray, J. V., Thornton, L. C., & Kahn, R. E. (2014). The road forward for research on callous-unemotional traits: Reply to Lahey (2014). Psychological Bulletin, 140, 64-68.
  • Humayun, S., Kahn, R. E., Frick, P. J., & Viding, E. (2014). Callous-unemotional traits and anxiety in a community sample of seven year olds. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 43, 36-42.
  • Frick, P. J., Ray, J. V., Thornton, L. C., & Kahn, R. E. (2014). Annual research review: A developmental psychopathology approach to understanding callous-unemotional traits in children and adolescents with serious conduct problems. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 55, 532-548.
  • Schaich Borg, J., Kahn, R. E., Sinnott-Armstrong, W., Kurzban, R., Robinson, P. H., & Kiehl, K. A. (2013). Subcomponents of psychopathy have opposing contributions to punishment judgments. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 105, 667-687.
  • Kahn, R. E., Frick, P. J., Youngstrom, E, Kogos Youngstrom, J., Feeny, N. C., & Findling, R. L. (2013). Distinguishing primary and secondary variants of callous-unemotional youth among adolescents in a clinic-referred sample. Psychological Assessment, 25, 966-978.
  • Kahn, R. E., Byrd, A. L., & Pardini, D. A. (2013). Callous-unemotional traits robustly predict future criminal offending in young men. Law and Human Behavior, 37, 87-97.
  • Byrd, A. L., Kahn, R. E., & Pardini, D. A. (2013). Validation of the inventory of callous-unemotional traits in a community sample of young adult males. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 35, 20-34.
  • Simpson, T. P, Frick, P. J., Kahn, R. E., & Evans, J. (2013). Therapeutic alliance in justice-involved adolescent boys undergoing mental health treatment: The role of callous-unemotional traits. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 12, 83-92.
  • Kahn, R. E., Frick, P. J., Youngstrom, E. A., Findling, R. L., & Youngstrom, J. (2012). The effect of including a callous-unemotional specifier for the diagnosis of Conduct Disorder. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 53, 271-282.
  • Ermer, E., Kahn, R. E., Salovey, P., & Kiehl, K. A. (2012). Emotional intelligence in incarcerated men with psychopathic traits. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103, 194-204.
  • Kahn, R. E., Zapf, P., & Cooper, V. (Spring 2006). Readability of Miranda warnings and waivers: Implications for evaluating Miranda comprehension. Law and Psychology Review, 30, 119-142.

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