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) youths' capacities to successfully complete probation, 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 sixth-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Drexel University. She is currently completing her Pre-Doctoral Internship at Rutgers University in Newark, NJ. 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 B.A. 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 third-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 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.

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

Elizabeth Gale-Bentz

Liz Gale-Bentz is a second-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.

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

JD/PhD Students

Lindsey Peterson

Lindsey Peterson is a seventh-year student in the Law-Psychology program with Drexel University’s School of Law. She is currently completing her Pre-Doctoral Internship at Springfield Hospital Center in Sykesville, MD. 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 fifth-year student in the Law-Psychology program with Drexel University's 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; she earned her M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Drexel University in September 2013.

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

Emily Haney-Caron

Emily Haney-Caron is a fourth-year JD/PhD candidate in the Law-Psychology program with Drexel University's School of Law. Emily's research focuses on juvenile forensic psychology. Her particular interests are in criminal justice issues unique to juveniles, including comprehension of Miranda rights, 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.

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

Suraji Wagage

Suraji Wagage is a third-year student in the Law-Psychology program with Drexel University's School of Law. Her clinical and research interests are in forensic psychology, particularly intervention programs for youth in the juvenile justice system. 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

Jennica Janssen

Jennica Janssen is a first-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.

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

Master's Students

Stephanie Singer

Stephanie Singer is a second-year student in the Master’s program in Psychology at Drexel University. 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.

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

Kelley Durham

Kelley Durham is a first-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.

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

Research Assistants

Mark Houck, Siara Johnson, Nora Koppelman, Jessica Madej, Toni Mascaro,
Khushboo Sadadiwala, Ava Skolnick, Molly Tiedeken, Erinn Tobin

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