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Psychology JD/PhD Core Faculty

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Donald Bersoff
Professor Emeritus
Kline School of Law, Room 271
Donald.Bersoff@drexel.edu
Donald Bersoff Donald N. Bersoff, JD, PhD, is a professor emeritus in the School of Law and Department of Psychology. He received his PhD from New York University in 1965 and his JD from Yale Law School in 1976 where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal. He has taught at several universities and maintained a private practice in psychology before entering law school. In 1979, Bersoff became the first general counsel of the American Psychological Association. Two years later he helped found the law firm of Ennis, Friedman, Bersoff & Ewing in Washington, DC, merging it with Jenner & Block in 1988. He is the author of over 100 book chapters, articles, and papers on ethics and the interaction of law, psychology and the social sciences. He is the author of Ethical Conflicts in Psychology (2008), published in the 4th edition by the American Psychological Association, senior author of Law and Mental Health Professionals—Pennsylvania, and an extensive chapter on education and training in law and psychology. He has served as president of the American Psychology-Law Society, on the American Bar Association’s Commission on the Mentally Disabled, and as Chair of the Section on Mental Disability Law of the Association of American Law Schools.
David DeMatteo
Director of JD/PhD Program; Associate Professor
Stratton 338
David.DeMatteo@drexel.edu
David DeMatteo David DeMatteo, JD, PhD, ABPP, 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. His research interests include psychopathic personality, forensic mental health assessment, offender diversion, and drug-involved criminal offenders, and his research has been funded by several federal agencies, state agencies and private foundations. DeMatteo has co-authored several books and more than 100 articles and book chapters, and he has given over 200 presentations at national and international conferences. He 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. DeMatteo is a past President of the American Psychology-Law Society (APA Division 41).
Professor Barry R. Furrow
Professor of Law
School of Law, Room 262
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Barry R. Furrow
Naomi Goldstein, PhD
Co-Director of the JD/PhD Program in Law and Psychology; Professor
Stratton 328
naomi.goldstein@drexel.edu
Naomi E. Goldstein specializes in forensic psychology. Her research interests include juvenile justice, forensic mental health assessment development, Miranda rights comprehension and false confessions, anger management and aggression reduction treatment, and intervention development and evaluation with female juvenile offenders.
Kirk Heilbrun
Professor
Stratton 334
kirk.heilbrun@drexel.edu
Kirk Heilbrun Kirk Heilbrun is currently a professor in the Department of Psychology. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology in 1980 from the University of Texas at Austin, and completed postdoctoral fellowship training from 1981-82 in psychology and criminal justice at Florida State University. His current research focuses on juvenile and adult offenders, legal decision-making, forensic evaluation associated with such decision-making, and youth mentoring programs. His practice interests also center around forensic assessment, and he directs a practicum within the department in this area. He is board certified in Clinical Psychology and in Forensic Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology, and is a past president of both the American Psychology-Law Psychology/APA Division 41, and the American Board of Forensic Psychology.