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PhD Students

Casey LaDuke 

Casey LaDuke, MS

Casey is currently a 3rd-year student in the PhD program, with concentrations in forensic psychology and clinical neuropsychology. He received his BA in psychology from the University of Rochester in 2009, and completed his MS in psychology at Drexel University in 2011. His current interests include forensic mental health assessment (particularly violence risk assessment), the diversion of individuals with serious mental illness from the justice system, and the application of clinical neuropsychology in the forensic context. While at Drexel he has worked with the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health, the Pennsylvania Mental Health & Justice Center of Excellence, a private practice specializing in neuropsychological assessment, the Forensic Clinic at Drexel University, and is currently completing a practicum at the Albert M. "Bo" Robinson Assessment & Treatment Center in Trenton, NJ. Casey has also been elected Chair-Elect for the student section committee of the American Psychology-Law Society (APA Div. 41). When he is not working, Casey is probably traveling or continuing his mission to eat at every restaurant in Philadelphia. Feel free to contact him at casey.laduke@drexel.edu.

Sarah Phillips 

Sarah Phillips

Sarah is from Middleton, WI and is a first-year student in the clinical doctoral program. She graduated with honors from St. Olaf College with a BA in psychology and a concentration in neuroscience. Her first exposure to forensic psychology occurred while volunteering at a secure state hospital in Madison, WI. Currently, her research interests include stigma reduction and community based alternatives to incarceration. Sarah enjoys reading, cross word puzzles, dancing, and exploring Philadelphia.

JD/PhD Students

Christopher King 

Christopher King

Chris is a fifth-year student in the J.D.-Ph.D. Program in Law & Psychology. He hails from Florida and graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida. His research interests include forensic mental health assessment, risk assessment and reduction, and law and public policy as they pertain to criminal offenders. In his leisure time, Chris enjoys dining out and exploring Philadelphia and the surrounding region, especially by motorcycle.

Email: chris.king@drexel.edu Vita (PDF)

Benjamin Locklair 

Benjamin Locklair

Benjamin is a third-year student in the J.D./Ph.D. program. He is from North Carolina, where he received his B.S. in Psychology and his M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Western Carolina University. Before graduate school, Benjamin worked in non-profit community mental health and developmental disability services. His primary research interests are in the mathematical and statistical properties of forensic assessments, communication of risk assessment results, the practice of diversion for mentally ill criminal defendants, and the use of new technologies in psychological research. He is currently in practicum at a private neuropsychological assessment practice. In his spare time, he is a runner, musician, and general-purpose nerd.

E-mail: brl36@drexel.edu

Alice Thornewill

Alice is a 1st-year JD/PhD student. She is from Louisville, Kentucky, and she graduated from Grinnell College in 2011 with a BA in English. During her years at Grinnell, she volunteered with The Grinnell Prison Program and taught a literature course to inmates at the Newton Correctional Facility in Newton, Iowa. After graduating, Alice spent a year in Prague working as a proofreader at Havel, Holasek & Partners, an international law firm. Alice has also volunteered with Shakespeare Behind Bars at the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in LaGrange, Kentucky. Her research interests include recidivism rates, prison reform, and community-based alternatives to incarceration. In her free time, Alice enjoys reading novels, singing, theatre, watching good TV, playing Settlers of Catan, and spending time with her friends and family.

Undergraduate Students

Na Young Kim 

Na Young Kim

Na Young is a third-year Psychology undergraduate student. She is a research assistant with Dr. Heilbrun, Dr. Lowe, and a post-doc Dr. Arigo in the fields of forensic psychology, eating disorders and obesity psychology, and health psychology using behavior modification respectively. Na Young is currently an intern at a non-profit organization, the National Eating Disorders Association located in New York City. She currently researches and writes grants, and provides support and professional referrals for clients throughout the country. Her primary forensic psychology research interests include forensic mental health assessment and treatment and consultation for at high-risk behavior in communities and correctional facilities. In her free time, Na Young travels between NYC and Philadelphia, discovers new music, and finds new art galleries to experience in both cities.

Andrea Lovrincevic 

Andrea Lovrincevic

Andrea is a fifth-year student in the Psychology undergraduate program at Drexel University. She is from Buffalo, NY, and hopes to graduate with a B.S. in Psychology, and minors in English and Legal Studies from Drexel. Her research interests include forensic mental health assessment and risk assessment and reduction as applied to criminal offenders. In her free time, Andrea enjoys rock climbing, playing tennis, and perfecting her artistic skills.

Kellie McWilliams 

Kellie McWilliams

Kellie is a fifth-year student in the undergraduate Psychology program. She is currently a research assistant in two of Drexel's Psychology labs working under the guidance Dr. Heilbrun and Dr. Osipowicz, in the fields of forensic psychology and cognitive neuropsychology respectively. Outside of the classroom, Kellie works part time as a case manager and research assistant at the Joseph J. Peters Institute, a non-profit mental health agency that provides services for survivors of sexual abuse as well as offenders. Her research interests include forensic mental health assessment, risk reduction in juvenile and adult offenders, and memory processing, storage and retrieval. In her free time Kellie enjoys playing club soccer at Drexel, traversing the city by bike and foot, and seeing live music of all genres.