Naomi Goldstein currently serves as a Stoneleigh Fellow and Director of the Juvenile Justice Research and Reform Lab at Drexel University. She is also a Professor of psychology and Co-Director of the JD/PhD Program in Law and Psychology at Drexel. Through her Fellowship, Naomi is developing and implementing a groundbreaking approach to help court-involved youth successfully complete probation.
An applied researcher, Naomi has collaborated with local, state, and national juvenile justice leaders to protect the rights of youth and foster their success. For the past 15 years, her work has focused on adolescents’ capacities to make legal decisions, their abilities to fulfill behavioral requirements of the law, and the development of juvenile justice interventions and procedures to promote young people’s long-term well-being. She is the primary author of the Miranda Rights Comprehension Instruments, and she created and evaluated the National Institute of Mental Health-funded Juvenile Justice Anger Management Treatment for Girls, a group intervention clinically proven to reduce anger and aggression, which will be adopted in all New Jersey female residential juvenile justice facilities.
In addition to authoring many articles and book chapters, Naomi has served on the editorial boards of multiple academic journals, on the Research Advisory Committee of the American Psychology-Law Society, and on numerous local and state juvenile justice work groups and policy committees. She is also collaborating with Stoneleigh Fellow Kevin Bethel to evaluate the Philadelphia Police School Diversion Program.
Naomi holds a BA in psychology from Wesleyan University and a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.