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Personnel

David DeMatteo

David DeMatteo, JD, PhD, ABPP (Forensic)

David DeMatteo, JD, PhD, ABPP (Forensic), is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Associate Professor of Law at Drexel University, and Director of Drexel’s JD/PhD Program in Law and Psychology. He received a BA in psychology from Rutgers University, an MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from MCP Hahnemann University, and a JD from Villanova Law School. 

Dr. DeMatteo’s research interests include psychopathic personality, forensic mental health assessment, offender diversion, and drug-involved criminal offenders. His research has been funded by several federal agencies, state agencies, and private foundations, including the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Pennsylvania Department of Welfare, Laura and John Arnold Foundation, and the American Psychology-Law Society. Dr. DeMatteo received the 2013 Pennsylvania Forensic Rights and Treatment Conference Recognition Award in recognition of his research on diversion programs for drug-involved and mentally ill offenders. 

Dr. DeMatteo has co-authored several books and more than 120 articles and book chapters, and he has given over 200 presentations at national and international conferences. He is an Associate Editor for Law and Human Behavior, on the Editorial Boards of more than 10 journals, and a reviewer for more than 50 scientific journals. Dr. DeMatteo was Chair of APA’s Committee on Legal Issues. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 12 and 41), a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, and board certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is also on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Forensic Psychology. He is licensed as a psychologist in Pennsylvania, where he conducts a wide range of forensic mental health assessments with juveniles and adults. Dr. DeMatteo is a former President of the American Psychology-Law Society (APA Division 41).

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JD/PhD Students

Alice Thornewill

Alice Thornewill

Alice is a 7th-year student in the JD/PhD Program. She is from Louisville, Kentucky, and she graduated from Grinnell College in 2011 with a BA in English. At Grinnell, Alice 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. Her research interests include re-entry, offender diversion, problem-solving justice, prison reform, therapeutic interventions for justice-involve populations, and human rights.. At Drexel, Alice serves as coordinator for the Reentry Project, a comprehensive project designed specifically to meet the needs of offenders reentering the population after incarceration. She graduated summa cum laude from the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law in May 2018. In her free time, Alice enjoys reading novels, singing, theatre, doing crossword puzzles, watching good TV, teaching Zumba, playing board games, and spending time with her friends and family.

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Daniel Flack

Dan Flack

Dan is a 5th-year student in the JD/PhD program. His primary research interests including community-based alternatives to incarceration, including diversion programs, as well as the intersection of statistics and criminal justice, such as machine learning based risk assessment tools. Dan has clinical experience with a range of populations and in various settings, including veterans with suicidal ideation, an inpatient Veterans Affairs Hospital unit, and medium to long term schema focused psychotherapy in a community clinic. Since transferring to the JD/PhD program, Dan has been involved in several legal projects including a criminal record expungement clinic, mitigation report writing for individuals charged with homicide, and a summer co-op focusing on policy research through the Montgomery County Office of the Public Defender. Before coming to Drexel, Dan completed a MA program in psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, and graduated with a BS in Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University. When not in class or a clinic, Dan enjoys woodworking, backpacking, and reading.

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Sarah Fishel

Sarah Fishel

Sarah is a 4th-year student in the JD/PhD Program. She received a BS with Honors in Psychology and a B.A. in Sociology from the College of William & Mary in 2016 before coming to Drexel. During her time at William & Mary, she co-founded a mentoring program bringing together students from William & Mary and residents at a local juvenile detention center, completed an internship at a residential behavioral health facility in Portsmouth, VA, and assisted in a research lab that worked with pregnant women during and following their incarceration. Sarah's research interests include the reentry process for former inmates, patterns of recidivism, and empirically based alternatives to incarceration. She is currently gaining practicum experience with Drexel’s Reentry Project. In her free time, Sarah enjoys baking and eating baked goods, horseback riding in Valley Forge, and sitting in positions that infuriate her chiropractor.

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Kellie Wiltsie Drexel JD/PhD Student

Kellie Wiltsie

Kellie is a 2nd-year student in the JD/PhD Program. She received a BS with Honors in Criminal Justice and a BS in National Security from the University of New Haven in 2018. During her time at the University of New Haven, she completed a summer research fellowship and an honors thesis evaluating a community re-entry program, and she worked in a research lab interested in public perception of mental illness and criminality. Kellie’s research interests include former incarcerated individual’s reentry into the community, diversion programs, and the intersection of research and policy. In her free time, Kellie enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and watching terrible reality TV (e.g. the Bachelor).

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PhD Students

Alisha Desai

Alisha Desai

Alisha is a 4th-year student in the Clinical PhD Program. She received a BS in Human Development, with a concentration in Law & Psychology, from Cornell University in 2013. As an undergraduate, she volunteered for the Cornell Prison Education Program, teaching creative writing and literature courses to inmates at Auburn Correctional Facility. After graduating, she worked at NYC's Bellevue Hospital on a clinical trial investigating the treatment of opioid dependence. Alisha's current research interests center on the intersection of substance use disorders (SUD) and the criminal justice system, the etiology and treatment of SUD, and alternatives to incarceration. She is currently gaining practicum experience at the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz (Philadelphia) VA’s Opioid Treatment Program and as a peer supervisor at Drexel’s Psychological Services Center and the Drexel Reentry Project. In her spare time, Alisha enjoys traveling, photography, and perusing farmers markets.

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Claire Moore

Claire Lankford

Claire is 2nd-year student in the Clinical PhD Program. She is broadly interested in the intersection of law and human behavior, and how these interactions inform our current legal system and policy implementations. More specifically, her research interests include forensic mental health assessment, psychopathy, and alternatives to incarceration. While at Drexel, she has had the opportunity to learn about diversion courts and programs. Her research interests continue to expand as she delves deeper into the field and has the opportunity to recognize the areas of law in which psychology can be applied. In her spare time, Claire enjoys exploring Philadelphia and traveling back to the South to see her friends and family – but mainly to spend time with her dog.

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MS Students

Aislinn Tansey Drexel Psychology Graduate Student

Aislinn Tansey

Aislinn is a 1st year student in the Master’s Program. She received a BS in Psychology with an additional major in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama. Her research interests include bias in forensic evaluations, competence to proceed, and mental illness in incarcerated populations. In her spare time, Aislinn enjoys reading, visiting museums, and binge-watching the Great British Bake Off.

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Undergraduate Students

Audrey Coffey Drexel Psychology Student

Audrey Coffey

Audrey is a sophomore majoring in Psychology. She started her research with Drexel's STAR summer research program examining influence of psychologists' demographics on forensic bias. She is on the club soccer team and enjoys running and watching movies in her free time.

Lexie Weinstein

Lexie Weinstein

Lexie is a junior dual-majoring in Psychology and Criminology/Justice Studies. Her research interests include psychopathy, high-profile offenders, and treatment in correctional settings. In her free time, Lexie enjoys traveling, theatre, and spending time with friends and family.

DeMatteo Lab Alumni

Shelby Arnold, PhD

Shelby graduated from the PhD program in 2019. She completed her predoctoral internship at Friends Hospital in Philadelphia and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Beck Institute, working on the CT-R (Recovery Oriented Cognitive Therapy) team.

Jaymes Fairfax-Columbo, JD, PhD

Jaymes is currently completing a postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at Bridgewater State Hospital in Massachusetts.

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, PhD

Ashley graduated from Drexel's MS program in June 2010. She completed her PhD in Counseling Psychology at Texas Tech University, and she is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Rachel Bomysoad

Rachel earned her undergraduate degree from Drexel in 2018, and she is currently a Research Technologist/Lab Manager for Penn State’s Alcohol Habits Study.

Jeff 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 completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Whiting Forensic Division of Connecticut Valley Hospital and currently works at Bridgewater State Hospital in Massachusetts.

Jennifer Cox, PhD

Jenni graduated from Drexel's MS Program in Psychology in 2009 and went on to complete her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Texas A&M University followed by a predoctoral clinical internship at Saint Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Psychology-Law concentration at the University of Alabama.

Sarah Filone, PhD

Sarah earned her PhD in 2017, and she is currently completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Providence VA Medical Center.

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 Foster, PhD

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

Samantha Guth

Samantha graduated from Drexel University with a BS in psychology in 2014, and she is currently in the MA in Forensic Psychology Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Emily Haney-Caron, JD, PhD

Emily graduated from the JD/PhD Program in 2018, and she is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Elizabeth Hunt, MS

Betsy graduated from Drexel's MS Program in Psychology in June 2010. After earning her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of South Florida, she will be completing a postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Michael Keesler, JD, PhD

After graduating from the JD/PhD Program, Michael completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical and forensic neuropsychology with the University of Pennsylvania and Diversified Psychological Resources, PC. He currently maintains a practice in Center City, Philadelphia, where he does a mixture of assessment, therapy, and consultation (see http://www.michaelkeesler.com). Dr. Keesler also maintains an honorary faculty position with Drexel Psychology and frequently teaches courses in neuropsychology, physiological psychology, and forensic psychology.

Julie Present Koller, PhD

Julie received her PhD in 2016, and she currently completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania.

Casey LaDuke, PhD

Casey completed his PhD in 2016, and he currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Megan Murphy, JD, PhD

Megan graduated from the JD/PhD Program in 2018, and she is currently working as a psychologist at the British Columbia Operational Stress Injury Clinic in Vancouver.

Unnati Patel, MS

Unnati graduated from Drexel's MS Program in 2015. She is currently completing her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Simon Fraser University. Her research interests include community psychopathy, the assessment and treatment of sex offenders, and juvenile delinquency. While at Drexel, she had the opportunity to study psychopathy from both a legal and neuropsychological perspective. Away from school, Unnati enjoys board games, bike rides, cooking with an abundance of coconut oil, and she patiently awaits the release of The Winds of Winter.

Morgan Scully

After graduating from Villanova University and spending two years in the lab, Morgan recently took a position as a Clinical Research Coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Neuromodulation in Depression and Stress.

Sanjay Shah, JD, PhD

Sanjay graduated from the JD/PhD Program in 2013. He completed his predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Emory School of Medicine/Grady Health System. He is currently employed by Georgia's Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities where he works as a Forensic Psychologist at Georgia Regional Hospital/Atlanta. His research and practice interests include forensic mental health assessment, cognitive functioning of justice-involved individuals, and competency restoration.

Heidi Strohmaier, PhD

Heidi completed her PhD in 2015. She completed her predoctoral internship at the Tampa VA, and she is completing her postdoctoral fellowship at the Hennepin County Medical Center. Heidi's clinical interests include conducting forensic mental health assessments and delivering brief interventions to patients in health care settings.

Julie Vayner

Julie graduated from Drexel's undergraduate program in September 2013 with her B.S. in Psychology. She is attending La Salle University for her PsyD in Clinical Psychology with a focus in forensic psychology.

Jennie Wilusz, MS

Jennie received her MS in psychology in 2013, and she is currently a 3rd-year law student at Boston College Law School.