Naomi Goldstein, PhD

Co-Director of the JD/PhD Program; Associate Professor

Naomi Goldstein
Office: Stratton 328
Phone: 215.571.4299
Fax: 215.762.8625
Curriculum Vitae: Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Research Interests

  • Forensic assessment development, juvenile delinquency

  • Intervention development with female juvenile offenders, anger management, Miranda rights comprehension


Dr. Naomi Goldstein is 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) evaluation of a school-based police diversion program, 4) international/cross-cultural research on juveniles’ competence to stand trial in Argentina, 5) development and evaluation of a gender-specific anger management intervention to reduce anger, aggression, and recidivism, and 6) methods of reducing rates of disproportionate minority contact (DMC) with the justice system.

Dr. Goldstein is the primary author of the Miranda Rights Comprehension Instruments, a forensic assessment tool used in legal cases involving challenges to the admissibility of a juvenile or adult defendant’s incriminating statement to police.  She is also the primary author of the Juvenile Justice Anger Management (JJAM) Treatment for Girls, a manualized group intervention for use post-adjudication settings.  With a fellowship from the Stoneleigh Foundation, Dr. Goldstein is currently collaborating with Philadelphia’s juvenile justice leaders to reform the city’s juvenile probation system; by making the system more responsive to adolescent development, the goal is to facilitate youths’ capacities to successfully complete probation.  Dr. Goldstein is also currently collaborating with the Philadelphia Police Department and Philadelphia Department of Human Services to evaluate a new, district-wide, school-based police diversion program that was designed to decrease the number of school-based arrests and shrink the school-to-prison pipeline.

Dr. Goldstein’s research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health-National Institutes of Health, Stoneleigh Foundation, 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.