Amanda NeMoyer, J.D., Ph.D., is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Psychological Brain Sciences at Drexel University and Director of Research in the Juvenile Justice Research & Reform Lab. Dr. NeMoyer conducts research in partnership with legal system actors seeking to align their policies and practices with existing research evidence.
With training in both psychology and law, Dr. NeMoyer conducts interdisciplinary research aimed at helping to create a more developmentally appropriate legal system that promotes positive outcomes. She has a passion for evaluating current practices related to the legal system and advocating for evidence-based policy change, with a particular focus on alternatives to detention and incarceration, reducing racial and ethnic disparities in the legal system, and efforts to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline. Methodologically, Dr. NeMoyer has experience executing quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research designs and analyses and regularly integrate data across systems, including from legal agencies (e.g., police, courts, public defenders, district attorneys), child welfare agencies, school districts, and medical claims databases.
Dr. NeMoyer has authored and co-authored more than 40 professional publications and more than 50 conference presentations. Her work has been funded by Arnold Ventures, the Spencer Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention, the William T. Grant Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, and other national and local organizations.