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Naomi Goldstein, PhD

Co-Director of JD/PhD program in Law and Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

College of Arts and Sciences



Goldstein is an applied researcher and Stoneleigh Fellow, whose work is designed to improve juvenile justice policy and practice to promote positive outcomes for youth. She collaborates with juvenile justice leaders locally, nationally and internationally to protect the rights of youth and foster their success. Her work has focused on adolescents’ capacities to make legal decisions, their abilities to fulfill behavioral requirements of the law, and the development of juvenile justice interventions and procedures to promote youths’ long-term well-being. Goldstein’s areas of specialization include: 1) youths’ capacities to successfully complete probation, 2) juvenile suspects’ capacities to waive Miranda rights and offer confessions to police, 3) international research on juveniles’ competence to stand trial in Argentina, 4) anger management and aggression reduction with girls in the juvenile justice system, 5) shrinking the school-to-prison pipeline through a new, district-wide, school-based police diversion program, and 6) evaluating police and program effectiveness within the juvenile justice system.

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