Naomi E. S. Goldstein, PhD


Naomi E. S. Goldstein, PhD is a Full Professor of Psychology at Drexel University and co-Director of the JD/PhD Program in Law and Psychology. 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 throughout the United States, and in Argentina 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.

Naomi is the primary author of the Miranda Rights Comprehension Instruments, an assessment tool used in forensic mental health evaluations of a defendant’s comprehension of the rights to silence and legal counsel during police interrogation. 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 which will soon  be adopted in all of New Jersey’s female residential juvenile justice facilities.   Naomi is currently collaborating with the Philadelphia Police Department and Philadelphia Department of Human Services to evaluate a new, district-wide, school-based police diversion program that was designed to decrease the number of school-based arrests and shrink the school-to-prison pipeline.

In addition to authoring many articles and book chapters, Naomi has served on the editorial boards of multiple academic journals, on the Research Advisory Committee of the American Psychology - Law Society, and on numerous local and state juvenile justice work groups and policy committees.

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.