Core Faculty


David DeMatteo

David DeMatteo, JD, PhD

David DeMatteo, PhD, is the Director of Drexel University’s JD/PhD Program in Law and Psychology. He is also an Associate Professor of Psychology and Associate Professor of Law.  His research interests include psychopathy, forensic mental health assessment, drug policy, and offender diversion. Professor DeMatteo’s research has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, and American Psychology-Law Society. He teaches several graduate and undergraduate courses in the Department of Psychology, and several law courses at Drexel’s Kline School of Law.

Professor DeMatteo received a BA (high honors) in psychology from Rutgers University, an MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from MCP Hahnemann University, and a JD (magna cum laude) from Villanova Law School. At Villanova Law School, he was Executive Editor of Villanova Law Review and elected to the Order of the Coif. DeMatteo is licensed as a psychologist in Pennsylvania, where he conducts forensic mental health assessments of juveniles and adults. He has co-authored 3 books (with two more books under contract) and more than 60 articles and book chapters. He is Associate Editor of Law and Human Behavior, on the Editorial Boards of several journals, and a reviewer for nearly 20 scientific journals. Professor DeMatteo was Chair of APA’s Committee on Legal Issues in 2011, and he is currently Council Representative to APA for the American Psychology-Law Society (Div. 41 of APA).


Naomi Goldstein

Naomi Goldstein, PhD

Naomi Goldstein, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Co-Director of the JD/PhD Program. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts—Amherst. She specializes in forensic psychology and child and adolescent behavior problems. She conducts research on adolescents’ comprehension of Miranda rights and their decisions to offer true or false confessions during interrogations. She also develops intervention programs for female juvenile offenders. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Psychology-Law Society, the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, and the Institute for the Humanities at Drexel.


Donald Bersoff

Donald Bersoff, JD, PhD

Donald N. Bersoff, JD, PhD, former Program Director, is Professor Emeritus at the Drexel University Kline School of Law. 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, Dr. 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, D.C., 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.


Kirk Heilbrun

Kirk Heilbrun, PhD

Kirk Heilbrun, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and previously served as an adjunct member of the Villanova Law School faculty where he co-taught the Law & Mental Health course (with Professor DeMatteo). He received his PhD in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1980 and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in law and psychology at Florida State University. His research interests include forensic mental health assessment, violence risk assessment, and risk-reducing interventions, all of which have received extramural funding since 1994. He has served as president of the American Psychology-Law Society and the American Board of Forensic Psychology. He is a Diplomate (ABPP) in both clinical and forensic psychology.


Barry Furrow, JD

Barry Furrow, JD, is a professor of law and Director of the Health Law Concentration at the School of Law. He received his JD from Harvard Law School in 1971. He founded the Health Law Program at Widener Law School and has taught law at the University of Detroit, University of Michigan, American University, and the University of North Carolina, among others. He is a member of the American Society of Law, Medicine, & Ethics and the American Health Lawyers Association. The sixth edition of his treatise, Health Law: Cases, Materials and Problems has just been published. Among other texts, he is also the author of Malpractice in Psychotherapy as well as numerous articles, book chapters, and papers on health care and ethics.