Goldstein Research Lab

Research Personnel

Principal Investigator

Naomi Goldstein

E-mail: neg23@drexel.edu     A link to her curriculum vitae

Dr. Naomi Goldstein is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Drexel University and co-Director of the JD/Ph.D. Program in Law and Psychology. Dr. Goldstein specializes in forensic psychology, with a particular focus on youths’ capacities to make legal decisions.

Broadly, 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’ competence to stand trial in Argentina, and 4) development and evaluation of a gender-specific anger management intervention to reduce anger, aggression, and recidivism.

Dr. Goldstein’s research has been funded by grants and contracts from the National Institute of Mental Health-National Institutes of Health, American Psychology - Law Society, American Academy of Forensic Psychology, Institute for Women's Health at Drexel University, and Philadelphia Department of Human Services. She holds a B.A in Psychology from Wesleyan University, in CT, and completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Goldstein completed a clinical internship at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, MA. At Drexel University, she teaches Graduate Statistics, graduate and undergraduate courses in Child Psychopathology and Treatment, and undergraduate courses in comparative forensic psychology.

PhD Students

Christy Gialella

Christy Giallella is a fifth-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Drexel University. Her clinical and research interests are in forensic psychology. Specifically, she is interested in intervention development and treatment and program evaluation for youth in the juvenile justice system. Christy received her BA in Psychology from Georgetown University in May 2006.

E-mail: ChristyGiallella@gmail.com     A link to her curriculum vitae

Leah Brogan

Leah Brogan is a second-year student in the clinical psychology doctorate program at Drexel University. Her clinical and research interests are in forensic psychology. More specifically, she is interested in assessing the factors influencing risk taking behaviors of juvenile delinquents. Leah earned her BA in psychology with a minor in biological basis of behavior from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2009.

E-mail: leah.brogan@gmail.com     A link to her curriculum vitae

Elizabeth Gale-Bentz

Liz Gale-Bentz is a first-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Drexel University. Within her clinical and research interests in forensic psychology, she is particularly interested in intervention programs for youth in the juvenile justice system. Liz received her BA in Psychology and African American Studies from the University of Virginia in May 2010.

E-mail: elizabeth.galebentz@gmail.com     A link to her curriculum vitae

JD/PhD Students

Sharon Kelley

Sharon Kelley is a seventh-year student in the Law-Psychology program with Villanova University School of Law. She is currently completing her Pre-Doctoral Internship at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA. Her clinical and research interests are in forensic psychology. In particular, she focuses on issues surrounding juveniles’ legal abilities and competencies (e.g., comprehension of Miranda rights), how certain police interrogation strategies can lead to false confessions, and the public policy implications of this research. She is also interested in teaching law and psychology. Sharon earned her B.A. in Psychology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in May 2006 and her J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law in June 2012.

E-mail: sm643@drexel.edu     A link to her curriculum vitae

Lindsey Peterson

Lindsey Peterson is a sixth-year student in the Law-Psychology program with Drexel University’s Earle Mack School of Law. Her clinical and research interests are in forensic psychology. In particular, her research interests are in forensic psychological assessment, false confessions, juvenile delinquency, mental health policy, and the intersection of psychology and law. She earned her B.S. in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Drexel University in June of 2008 and her M.S. in Clinical Psychology in September 2011.

E-mail: lindsey.peterson57@gmail.com     A link to her curriculum vitae

Amanda NeMoyer

Amanda NeMoyer is a fourth-year student in the Law-Psychology program with Drexel University's Earle Mack School of Law. Her clinical and research interests are in juvenile forensic psychology. In particular, she is interested in evaluating current juvenile justice practices, investigating the potential need for reform, and advocating for policy change. Amanda earned her B.S. in Broadcast Journalism with a double major in Psychology and a minor in Legal Studies from Northwestern University in June 2010.

E-mail: ann38@drexel.edu     A link to her curriculum vitae

Emily Haney-Caron

Emily Haney-Caron is a third-year student in the Law-Psychology program with Drexel University's Earle Mack School of Law. Her clinical and research interests are in juvenile forensic psychology. In particular, she is interested in the development and implementation of mental health treatment in juvenile incarceration and probation settings, as well as criminal justice issues unique to juveniles. Emily earned a B.A. in Psychology from Columbia University and a B.A. in Modern Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2009.

E-mail: ehh29@drexel.edu     A link to her curriculum vitae

Suraji Wagage

Suraji Wagage is a second-year student in the Law-Psychology program with Drexel University's Earle Mack School of Law. Her clinical and research interests are in forensic psychology, particularly intervention programs for juvenile offenders. She graduated from Brown University with a B.S. in Cognitive Neuroscience and B.A. in Literary Arts in 2009.

E-mail: srw69@drexel.edu     A link to her curriculum vitae

Master's Student

Ana Prelic

Ana Prelic is a second-year student in the Master's program in Psychology at Drexel University. Her clinical and research interests are in juvenile forensic psychology, particularly in the interaction between juveniles and adults who are authority figures such as probation officers and lawyers. She earned her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Drexel University in 2012.

E-mail: anprelic@gmail.com     A link to her curriculum vitae

Stephanie Singer

Stephanie Singer is a first-year student in the Master’s program in Psychology at Drexel University. Her clinical and research interests are in forensic psychology, particularly interventions for veterans. She earned a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross in 2011.

E-mail: scsing11@gmail.com     A link to her curriculum vitae

Research Assistants

Allison Herens, Mark Houck, Siara Johnson, Nora Koppelman,
Toni Mascaro, Amanda Santandrea, Ava Skolnick, Molly Tiedeken

If you would like to be a research assistant, contact Steph.