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) youths' capacities to successfully complete probation, 3) international/cross-cultural research on juveniles’ competence to stand trial 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 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.
Dr. Lindsey Cole is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Drexel University and an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Justice Studies at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Cole is a Social Psychologist working currently on the OJJDP grant-funded School Police Diversion Program; a collaborative project of the Philadelphia Police Department, School District of Philadelphia, the Department of Human Services, Defender Association, District Attorney’s Office, and Family Court to reduce the number of school-based arrests for youth in Philadelphia. Her research interests include the influence of police interactions/community policing in Juvenile Justice and delinquency, procedural justice and police legitimacy, and legal decision-making. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2007. Dr. Cole completed an M.A. in Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University in 2010 and an M.A. in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire in 2012. She completed her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire in 2015.
Leah Brogan is a fourth-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology 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 youth who have been found delinquent. Leah earned her B.A. in psychology with a minor in biological basis of behavior from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2009.
Liz Gale-Bentz is a third-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 B.A. in Psychology and African American Studies from the University of Virginia in May 2010.
Keisha April is a first-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Drexel University. Her clinical and research interests are in forensic psychology including diversionary programs for adults and juveniles in the criminal justice process; juvenile justice policy and reform; and false and coerced confessions. As an attorney, she has worked with both juvenile and adult criminal defendants and advocated for the rights of falsely-convicted prisoners while working at the Innocence Project Clinic. Keisha earned a B.A. in Psychology and minors in East Asian and African American Studies from Princeton University in 2010. She earned a J.D. with concentrations in Criminal Law and Family Law from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2013.
Amanda NeMoyer is a sixth-year student in the Law-Psychology program with Drexel University's School of Law. Her clinical and research interests are in juvenile forensic psychology and public policy. 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 Journalism with a double major in Psychology and a minor in Legal Studies from Northwestern University in June 2010; she earned her M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Drexel University in September 2013.
Emily Haney-Caron is a fifth-year JD/PhD candidate in the Law-Psychology program with Drexel University's School of Law. Emily's research focuses on juvenile forensic psychology, forensic assessment, and public policy. Her interests are in criminal justice issues unique to juveniles, including juvenile false confession, zero tolerance policies, and the role of developmental immaturity among justice-involved youth. Additionally, Emily is interested in the relationship among empirical research, forensic practice, and policy. 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 and an M.S. from Drexel University in Psychology in 2014.
Suraji Wagage is a fourth-year student in the Law-Psychology program with Drexel University's School of Law. Her clinical and research interests in forensic psychology include juvenile justice practices and policy and examining how mental health, trauma, race, and gender impact interactions with the justice system and outcomes. She is also interested in assessing ways in which policy change can ameliorate racial and gender disparities within the justice system and society at large. She graduated from Brown University with a B.S. in Cognitive Neuroscience and B.A. in Literary Arts in 2009.
Jennica Janssen is a second-year student in the Law-Psychology program with Drexel University's School of Law. Her clinical and research interests are in juvenile and adult forensic psychology and alternative sentencing that includes a mental health treatment component. She has served as a Marriage and Family Therapy intern in a mental health divergent court, an intensive outpatient program in a hospital setting, and an outpatient clinic, assisting adolescents struggling with substance abuse. Jennica earned her B.S. in Psychobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles, in June 2010; she earned her M.S. in Clinical Psychology and a Gerontology Certificate from Notre Dame de Namur University in 2013.
Stephanie Singer is a first-year student in the Law-Psychology program with Drexel University's School of Law. Her clinical and research interests are in forensic psychology, particularly false confession likelihood, violence risk assessment, and diversion initiatives, for both adults and juveniles. She earned a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross in 2011 and an M.S. in Psychology from Drexel University in 2015.
Kelley Durham is a second-year student in the Master's program in Psychology at Drexel University. Her research interests are in forensic psychology, particularly issues surrounding juvenile justice, mental health, and psychological trauma. Kelley graduated from Boston College in 2012 with a B.A. in Psychology with a clinical concentration and worked as a research coordinator from 2012-2014 at the Depression Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.
Mark Houck is a project coordinator for the lab’s evaluation of the School-based Police Diversion Project in Philadelphia. His research interests are in justice-community relationships, juvenile justice practice and reform, and comparative law. Mark earned a B.S. in Psychology from Drexel University in March of 2015 and has worked with the lab since 2012.
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