Goldstein Research Lab

Welcome to the Goldstein Research Laboratory

Dr. Goldstein’s research lab focuses on forensic psychology, with a particular emphasis on juvenile justice. Broadly, research focuses on adolescents’ legal decision-making abilities. More specifically, Dr. Goldstein’s research emphasizes: 1) adolescents’ capacities to waive Miranda rights and offer confessions during police interrogations, 2) juvenile offenders’ abilities to comprehend and comply with probation requirements, 3) international/cross-cultural research on juveniles’ legal capacities in Argentina, and 4) development and evaluation of a gender-specific anger management intervention to reduce anger, aggression, and recidivism. Dr. Goldstein’s lab emphasizes the relationships between psychology, law, and public policy; training is provided in psycho-legal assessment, intervention, research, and the application of research findings to public policy.

Research Projects
Dr. Goldstein’s lab focuses primarily on adolescents’ capacities to make legal decisions. Currently projects involve four primary areas: 1) juveniles’ Miranda rights comprehension and confessions, 2) juvenile offenders’ capacities to understand and comply with probation requirements, and 3) international research on juveniles’ competence to stand trial in Argentina, and 4) development, evaluation, and implementation of an anger management intervention for female juvenile offenders.
More information is available here.

Research Personnel
The research team currently consists of one faculty member, 3 Ph.D. students, 5 joint J.D./Ph.D. students, 1 master's student, 1 research coordinator, and several undergraduate research assistants.
More information is available here.

Prospective Students
Dr. Goldstein generally accepts one Ph.D. student every other year, one J.D./Ph.D. student every other year, and one master's student annually.

Dr. Goldstein will be accepting one Master's Student for Fall 2014, and she will be accepting applications for a J.D./Ph.D. student (mentorship assignments take place after interviews, at the time of acceptance into the J.D./Ph.D. program). She will not be accepting a Ph.D. student for Fall 2014.

More information for prospective students is available here.

Dr. Goldstein may be contacted at Dr. Goldstein's office and lab are located in Stratton Hall, at 3141 Chestnut Street. Lab members may be reached via phone at (215) 571-4297.