Drexel University’s Juvenile Justice Reform Lab

Dr. Naomi Goldstein’s Juvenile Justice Reform Lab at Drexel University leads the evaluation of the Police School Diversion Program. Dr. Goldstein is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Drexel University, co-Director of Drexel University’s JD/PhD Program in Law and Psychology, and a Stoneleigh Foundation fellow. As an applied researcher, Naomi seeks to improve juvenile justice policy and practice to promote positive outcomes for youth. For the past 15 years, Naomi has collaborated with juvenile justice leaders in Philadelphia, throughout Pennsylvania, in jurisdictions across the United States, and in Argentina to protect the rights of youth. Her work has focused on adolescents’ capacities to make legal decisions, adolescents’ abilities to fulfill behavioral requirements of the law, and the development of juvenile justice interventions and procedures to promote youths’ long-term well-being.


Naomi is the primary author of the Miranda Rights Comprehension Instruments, an assessment tool used in forensic mental health evaluations. In addition, her research team created the Miranda Rights Educational Curriculum and evaluated its effectiveness in teaching youth about legal rights and legal decision making. Naomi also created and evaluated the NIMH funded Juvenile Justice Anger Management (JJAM) Treatment for Girls, a group intervention clinically proven to reduce anger and aggression that will soon be adopted in all of New Jersey’s female residential juvenile justice facilities.


Naomi received her B.A. in Psychology from Wesleyan University and obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Naomi completed her clinical internship at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.