Naomi Goldstein, PhD

Co-Director of the JD/PhD Program; Associate Professor

Naomi Goldstein
Office: Stratton 328
Phone: 215.571.4299
Fax: 215.762.8625
Curriculum Vitae: Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Research Interests

  • Forensic assessment development, juvenile delinquency

  • Intervention development with female juvenile offenders, anger management, Miranda rights comprehension


Professor Naomi Goldstein is Associate Professor of Psychology at Drexel University and a member of the core faculty of the JD/PhD Program in Law and Psychology. She specializes in forensic psychology and child and adolescent behavior problems.

Goldstein’s general research interest is in juvenile offenders, and she conducts research on adolescents’ comprehension of Miranda rights and their likelihood of offering true and false confessions to police. Goldstein created the Miranda Rights Comprehension Instruments – II, the revised version of the Instruments for Assessing Understanding and Appreciation of Miranda Rights, standard tools for assessing the validity of Miranda waivers. Goldstein’s research team has also created the Miranda Rights Educational Curriculum and is evaluating its effectiveness in teaching youth about legal rights and legal decision-making; this research is also designed to evaluate cognitive-developmental limitations in youths’ abilities to learn about legal concepts.

Naomi Goldstein also specializes in the development and evaluation of intervention programs for adolescent female offenders.  She currently has a K23-award from NIMH to develop an anger management intervention for female juvenile offenders and to evaluate the efficacy of the treatment. The goal of this intervention is to help youth manage their anger, prevent physical and relational aggression, reduce recidivism rates, and improve the quality of youths’ relationships with friends and family.  The research is also designed to examine the relationships between mental health symptoms, anger, and delinquency in this underserved, adolescent group.

Goldstein’s research has been funded by grants and contracts from the National Institute of Mental Health, American Psychology - Law Society, American Academy of Forensic Psychology, Institute for Women's Health at Drexel University, and Philadelphia Department of Human Services. She holds a BA in Psychology from Wesleyan University, in CT, and completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She completed a clinical internship at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, MA. She teaches Graduate Statistics and graduate and undergraduate courses in Child Psychopathology and Treatment at Drexel University.