Juvenile Justice Research and Reform Lab

Welcome to the Juvenile Justice Research and Reform Lab

Dr. Goldstein's Juvenile Justice Research and Reform Lab targets the intersection of psychology, law, and public policy, with particular emphases on forensic psychology and juvenile justice. The lab's work focuses on adolescents' capacities to make legal decisions, youths' abilities to fulfill behavioral requirements of the law, and the development of juvenile justice interventions and procedures to promote youths' long-term well-being.

Research and Reform Projects
The lab is involved with traditional psycholegal research, evaluation of juvenile justice programming and initiatives, and provides training and technical assistance in each of the lab’s core project areas. Current and recent projects emphasize six primary areas: 1) evaluation of the Police School Diversion Program, 2) development, implementation, and evaluation of graduate response programs in juvenile probation, 3) disproportionate minority contact, 4) juveniles' Miranda rights comprehension and confessions, 5) international research on juveniles' competence to stand trial in Argentina, and 6) development, evaluation, and implementation of an anger management intervention for female youth in the juvenile justice system. More information is available here.

Lab Personnel
The Lab team currently consists of one faculty member, a senior policy advisor, a post-doctoral fellow, 5 JD/PhD students, 4 PhD students, 1 master's student, 1 BS/MS student, several undergraduate research assistants, and a project coordinator.

Prospective Students
Dr. Goldstein generally accepts one PhD student every other year, one JD/PhD student every other year, and one master's student annually.

Dr. Goldstein will be accepting applications for JD/PhD students for Fall 2018.

More information for prospective students is available here.

Dr. Goldstein may be contacted at neg23@drexel.edu.