David DeMatteo, JD, PhD

David DeMatteo is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Law, and Director of the JD/PhD Program in Law and Psychology.  His research interests include psychopathy, forensic mental health assessment, drug policy, and offender diversion. DeMatteo’s research has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, and American Psychology-Law Society.  He teaches several graduate and undergraduate courses in the Department of Psychology, and several law courses at the Earle Mack School of Law.

DeMatteo received a BA (high honors) in psychology from Rutgers University, an MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from MCP Hahnemann University, and a JD (magna cum laude) from Villanova Law School.  At Villanova Law School, he was Executive Editor of Villanova Law Review and elected to the Order of the Coif. He has co-authored several books and dozens of articles and book chapters on forensic psychology, psychopathy, diversion, and related areas.  He is an Associate Editor of Law and Human Behavior, on the Editorial Boards of several journals, and a reviewer for more than 20 scientific journals.  Dr. DeMatteo was recently Chair of the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Legal Issues (2011), and he is currently Council Representative to APA for the American Psychology-Law Society (Div. 41 of APA).  He is also a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.  He is a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania, where he conducts forensic mental health assessments of juveniles and adults on a variety of legal issues.

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JD/PhD Students

Michael Keesler, JD, MS

Michael is a 7th-year student in the JD/PhD Program and currently on internship in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  Originally from Asheville, Michael’s first exposure to forensic psychology occurred while interning with capital defense on a quintuple-homicide.  He then went to UCLA, earning his BA in psychology while researching jury decision-making.  As a graduate student, Michael earned his MS in spring 2011 following a capital sentencing-focused thesis, then earned his JD at the end of the 2011 calendar year.  During that time, Michael researched psychopathy, death penalty mitigation, and co-authored a book on forensic mental health assessment in capital litigation.  Most recently, Michael turned his focus toward neuropsychology and teaching, training at Good Shepard-Penn Partner’s Brain Injury Unit and Dr. Thomas Sacchetti’s Neuropsychological practice, while concurrently teaching as an adjunct professor for Drexel’s Psychology Department.  Michael's academic interests include capital litigation, psychopathy, forensic neuropsychology, and jury decision making.  In his free time, Michael enjoys cycling, surfing, home renovation, and photography.

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Megan Murphy

Megan is a 5th-year student in the JD/PhD Program. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she majored in Legal Studies and Psychology. After college, Megan worked with AmeriCorps on a project addressing educational inequality in local elementary schools. Megan’s research interests include risk assessment, substance abuse, psychopathy, international human rights, and PTSD.  In her free time, Megan enjoys camping, water-sports, college athletics, board games, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

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Meghann Galloway

Meghann is a 4th-year student in the JD/PhD program. She is a native of Syracuse, New York, and graduated magna cum laude from Alfred University with a major in psychology and a double minor in literature and criminal justice. Before coming to Drexel, Meghann interned with the FBI's National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. Since joining the JD/PhD program at Drexel, Meghann has gained experience working in an inpatient psychiatric hospital, a forensic assessment clinic, the federal defender's office, and a variety of nonprofit organizations. Her primary research interests include psychopathy, capital punishment, risk assessment, expert testimony, and gender-based violence. In her free time, Meghann enjoys sports, martial arts, Netflix, and cooking.

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Jaymes Fairfax-Columbo

Jaymes is a 2nd-year student in the JD/PhD Program. He graduated from Swarthmore College in 2010 with an Honors Major in psychology and a Course Major/Honors Minor in political science. After graduation, he worked as a Research Assistant at Philadelphia’s Treatment Research Institute (TRI) for two years. At TRI, he assisted in projects that sought to more efficiently and effectively train substance abuse counselors to administer evidence-based treatments in group settings. His major interests in clinical-forensic psychology are psychopathy, recidivism reduction, risk-needs assessment, re-entry planning, and diversionary courts; he also has an interest in high-profile offenders. Away from school, Jaymes likes socializing, eating his way through the Greater Philadelphia Area, music, sports, long walks on the beach, and making corny jokes. Upon graduation, Jaymes would like to marry rich and retire, but acknowledges that he would feel bad wasting a quality education and has resigned himself to the fact that this will likely result in him doing research and policy work.

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Alice Thornewill

Alice is a 1st-year JD/PhD student. She is from Louisville, Kentucky, and she graduated from Grinnell College in 2011 with a BA in English.  During her years at Grinnell, she volunteered with The Grinnell Prison Program and taught a literature course to inmates at the Newton Correctional Facility in Newton, Iowa. After graduating, Alice spent a year in Prague working as a proofreader at Havel, Holasek & Partners, an international law firm.  Alice has also volunteered with Shakespeare Behind Bars at the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in LaGrange, Kentucky.  Her research interests include recidivism rates, prison reform, and community-based alternatives to incarceration. In her free time, Alice enjoys reading novels, singing, theatre, watching good TV, playing Settlers of Catan, and spending time with her friends and family.

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PhD Students

Julie Present Koller

Julie is a 5th-year student in the PhD Program.  Her research interests include substance use disorders, psychotherapy treatment, psychopathy, and emotion regulation. She enjoys traveling, taking long walks, swimming, reading, practicing yoga, and spending time with friends, her two dogs, and family.

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Heidi Strohmaier, MS

Heidi is a 4th-year student in the PhD program. She graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with majors in Psychology and Political Science. After completing her undergraduate degree, Heidi worked as a Mental Health Worker on an inpatient psychiatric unit. Her dissertation and thesis research has focused on attentional mechanisms underlying psychopathy and the influence of demographic variables on juror perceptions of psychopathic defendants.  She is also particularly interested in reentry and diversion from standard prosecution for mentally ill offenders.  While at Drexel, Heidi has obtained practicum experiencing conducting private forensic evaluations, delivering ACT and CBT for social phobia in an outpatient setting, conducting therapy and assessments with incarcerated offenders, and working with medically ill patients in an inpatient hospital setting. Outside of school, Heidi is passionate about animals (particularly her dog, Madison), football, dancing, baking, and yoga.

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Casey LaDuke, MS

Casey is currently a 3rd-year student in the PhD program, with concentrations in forensic psychology and clinical neuropsychology. He received his BA in psychology from the University of Rochester in 2009, and completed his MS in psychology at Drexel University in 2011. His current interests include forensic mental health assessment (particularly violence risk assessment), the diversion of individuals with serious mental illness from the justice system, and the application of clinical neuropsychology in the forensic context. While at Drexel he has worked with the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health, the Pennsylvania Mental Health & Justice Center of Excellence, a private practice specializing in neuropsychological assessment, the Forensic Clinic at Drexel University, and is currently completing a practicum at the Albert M. "Bo" Robinson Assessment & Treatment Center in Trenton, NJ. Casey has also been elected Chair-Elect for the student section committee of the American Psychology-Law Society (APA Div. 41). When he is not working, Casey is probably traveling or continuing his mission to eat at every restaurant in Philadelphia. Feel free to contact him at

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Sarah Filone, MA

Sarah is a 2nd-year student in the PhD program.  She received a BA (with Honors) in Psychology from Lafayette College in 2008, and an MA in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University in 2010. Following the completion of her Master’s Degree, Sarah spent 2 years working at Drexel University as a project coordinator for the Pennsylvania Mental Health and Justice Center of Excellence and the Statewide Forensic Peer Support Program.  Her research focuses on the psycho-legal aspects of political asylum adjudication and its implications in the United States.  In her free time, Sarah enjoys reading and practicing yoga.

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MS Students

Unnati Patel

Unnati is a 1st-year student in the MS program. She received her BS in Psychology from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in 2013. At Stockton, she served as a research assistant in the EEG lab studying hemispheric differences in the brain. Her research interests include the effects of therapy on sex offenders, psychopathy, and juvenile delinquency. Away from school, Unnati enjoys making vegan desserts, dancing, and photography.

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Undergraduate Students

Samantha Guth

Samantha is a senior undergraduate obtaining her BS in psychology with a minor in criminal justice. Her research experience in the DeMatteo lab has included looking at treatment outcomes in pregnant substance abusers and conducting a literature review on defensive pessimism for the Personality Correlates Associated with Success Study that is being researched in the lab. She is currently working as a coder for the most recent cases that have used the Psychopathy Checklist and is working on her own senior thesis dealing with the prevalence of sexual assault and rape on college campuses as well as students' understandings of the laws associated with these types of crimes. She will be starting her full-time co-op position in the fall at Joseph J. Peters Institute, and after graduating, she hopes to attend graduate school with a concentration in Forensic Psychology.

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Elizabeth Parambath

Elizabeth is a 2nd-year undergraduate student studying psychology in the BS/JD program. She hopes to further her studies in psychology and in the future, attend law school. Her interests outside of her studies include traveling, running, drawing, and painting. In addition, she is the current co-captain of Drexel Jhalak, Drexel’s nationally competing all girl fusion dance team.

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Julie Vayner

Julie recently earned her BA in psychology with a pre-medical concentration from Drexel University.  She is from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In Summer 2012, Julie was elected for a Humanities Fellowship in Professor DeMatteo's Lab. She worked with a team of coders on a project regarding the Psychopathy Checklist and its use in trial. Julie is currently developing her own research project involving the Psychopathy Checklist. After graduating Julie plans to apply to medical school for psychiatry.

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Research Assistants

Sara Banco

Sara is a post-baccalaureate student with an interest receiving law-psychology training.  She received her BA in psychology, with a minor in pre-law, from California State University, Monterey Bay in May 2013. Her research interests include recidivism reduction, diversionary courts, and psychopathy. Outside of academics, Sara enjoys fantasy novels, board games, spending time with friends (including her two dogs), and dancing.

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Joshua Camins, MA

Joshua is from Princeton, NJ and graduated from Towson University in 2013 with an MA in clinical psychology. He has dual undergraduate degrees in criminal justice and psychology, which he earned at the University of New Haven in 2011.  His current interests focus on the interplay between psychopathy and trauma and both constructs in relation to military personnel.  Joshua is currently working as an adjunct instructor and working part-time as a therapist. When not planning out his next career move, Joshua enjoys martial arts, weight lifting, and science fiction.

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Lab Alumni

Natalie Anumba, PhD

Natalie received her PhD in clinical psychology in September 2011. Her predoctoral internship was jointly sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and she is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Ashley Batastini, MS

Ashley graduated from Drexel’s MS Program in Psychology in June 2010, and she is currently completing her PhD in Counseling Psychology at Texas Tech University.

Jeffrey Burl, PhD

Jeff received his PhD in clinical psychology in August 2012 after completing his predoctoral internship at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.  He is currently completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Whiting Forensic Division of the Connecticut Valley Hospital.

Jennifer Cox, MS

Jennie graduated from Drexel’s MS Program in Psychology in June 2009, and then attended the PhD Program in Clinical Psychology at Texas A & M University.  She is currently completing her predoctoral internship at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.

Jennie Davis, MS

Jennie received her MS in psychology in 2013, and she is currently a 1st-year law student at Boston College Law School.

Elizabeth Foster, PhD

Lizzy received her PhD in clinical psychology in 2013.  She completed her predoctoral internship at UNC-Chapel Hill, and she is currently completing a postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Dana Formon

Dana graduated from Drexel with a BS in psychology in 2013, and she is currently in the PhD Program in Clinical Psychology at Sam Houston State University.

Elizabeth Hunt, MS

Betsy graduated from Drexel’s MS Program in Psychology in June 2010, and she is currently completing her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of South Florida.

Sanjay Shah, JD, PhD

Sanjay graduated from the JD/PhD Program in 2013. He completed his predoctoral internship at the Emory School of Medicine/Grady Health System, and he is currently completing postdoctoral training at Emory and a private neuropsychology practice.