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) youths’ capacities to successfully complete probation, 3) international/cross-cultural research on juveniles’ legal capacities in Argentina, 4) development and evaluation of a gender-specific anger management intervention to reduce anger, aggression, and recidivism, and 5) development and evaluation of a school-police diversion program to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline. 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) youths’ capacities to successfully complete probation, and 3) international research on juveniles’ competence to stand trial in Argentina, 4) development, evaluation, and implementation of an anger management intervention for female youth in the juvenile justice system, and 5) development and evaluation of the School Police Diversion Program.
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Research Personnel
The research team currently consists of one faculty member, 5 J.D./Ph.D. students, 3 Ph.D. students, 2 master's students, and several undergraduate research assistants.
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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 applications for a J.D./Ph.D. student and a Master's Student for Fall 2016. She will not be accepting a PhD student for Fall 2016.

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.