Juvenile Justice Research and Reform Lab

Lab Alumni

PhD Alumni

Leah Brogan, Ph.D.

Dissertation: Sexual Health Knowledge and Behaviors among Young Adults with and without Juvenile Justice System Involvement

Current Position: Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow, Violence Prevention Initiative, Center for Injury Research and Prevention, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Christy Giallella, Ph.D.

Dissertation: Are crossover youth a distinct group? Comparing the mental health and substance use needs of crossover youth and delinquent-only youth

Current Position: Working in the Specialized Clinical and Criminal Justice Unit of PMHCC, in association with the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services.

Jennifer Serico, Ph.D.

Dissertation: Clinical decision-making in the juvenile justice system: Effects of comorbidity on accuracy of diagnosis and treatment planning

Current Position: Post Doctoral Fellow, The Family Center at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD.

Christina Riggs Romaine, Ph.D.

Dissertation: Juvenile decertification in Philadelphia County: a model for jurisdiction-specific research

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Psychology, Wheaton College, Norton, MA.

Kathleen Kemp, Ph.D.

Dissertation: Characteristics of developmental immaturity: A cross-disciplinary survey of psychologists

Current Position: Psychologist, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI.

Rachel Kalbeitzer, Ph.D.

Dissertation: Evaluating legal learning: The effects of time and development on adolescents' understanding of legal rights

Current Position: Clinical Psychology Supervisor, Nebraska Department of Correctional Services Diagnostic and Evaluation Center, Lincoln, NE.

Doug Osman, Ph.D.

Dissertation: Relationship between academic acheivement and Miranda rights comprehension and false confessions

Current Position: Therapeutic Area Manager for Psychosis Studies, MedAvante, Trenton, NJ.

Martha Strachan, Ph.D.

Dissertation: Development of a theory-based, Miranda rights education program: Are there cognitive developmental limitations to legal learning?

Current Position: Research Faculty, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC.

Jennifer Weil, Ph.D.

Dissertation: Developing a substance use screening instrument: The Juvenile Offender Substance Abuse Screen

Current Position: Subject Matter Expert Psychologist, General Dynamics Information Technology, Washington, D.C. Area.

JD/PhD Alumni

Amanda NeMoyer, Ph.D., J.D.

Dissertation: Factors Associated with Youths' Failure to Appear at Supervision Review Hearings

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow in Mental Health Policy, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

Lindsey Peterson, Ph.D., J.D.

Dissertation: Answering the ultimate legal question: A survey of lawyers and psychologists

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Springfield Hospital, Sykesville, MD.

Sharon Kelley, Ph.D., J.D.

Dissertation: Addressing relative criteria for Miranda waivers: A comparison of juvenile justice youths' and adult offenders' understanding and appreciation of the rights to silence and legal counsel during police interrogations

Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Virginia and the Institute for Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy, Charlottesville, VA.

Heather Zelle, Ph.D., J.D.

Dissertation: Judges' treatment of the knowing and intelligent requirements for Miranda waivers

Current Position: Fellow in Law and Health Policy, University of Virginia and the Institute for Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy, Charlottesville, VA.

Melinda Wolbransky, Ph.D., J.D.

Dissertation: Capital jury sentencing recommendations: The relationship between mental illness-related mitigating factors and life versus death decisions

Current Position: Trainer and Substitute Assistant Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY.

Jennifer Mayer Cox, Ph.D., J.D.

Dissertation: The impact of juveniles' ages and levels of psychosocial maturity on judges' opinions of adjucative competence

Amanda Dovidio Zelechoski, Ph.D., J.D.

Dissertation: The content of child custody evaluation reports: A forensic assessment principles-based analysis

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Valparaiso University Department of Psychology, Valparaiso, IN.

Kim Larson, Ph.D., J.D.

Dissertation: The effects of gender and length of time between commission of crime and trial on juveniles' trial outcomes

Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Massaschusetts Psychiatry Department Law and Psychiatry Program, Worcester, MA.

Constance Mesiarik, Ph.D., J.D.

Dissertation: Gender, suggestibility, and self-reported likelihood of false confessions

Current Position: Forensic Interviewer, Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center of Montgomery County, Blue Bell, PA.

Seyi Olubadewo, Ph.D., J.D.

Dissertation: The relationship between mental health symptoms and comprehension of Miranda rights in male juvenile offenders

Recent Master's Alumni

Stephanie Singer, M.S.

Thesis: Investigating the psychometric properties and factor structure of the Perceptions of Confession behavior during the Holding and Interrogation Process (P-CHIP) instrument with adult inmates: A comparison to juvenile justice-involved youth

Current Position: Pursuing a JD/PhD in Clinical Psychology at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.

Holly Hinz, M.S.

Thesis: Hostile attribution bias as a mediator of the relationship between psychosocial maturity and aggression

Current Position: Pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology at Fordham University, New York, NY.

Sadia Rharbite, M.S.

Thesis: Relational aggression in university women: Comparing sorority members and their peers

Current Position: Educator, Teach for America, New York, NY.

Michele Pich, M.S.

Thesis: Capital punishment for mentally ill offenders: An assessment of "evolving standards of decency"

Current Position: Pursuing a PhD in Criminal Justice at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.