Sharon Kelley, Assistant Professor, Department. of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences

Sharon Kelley, J.D., Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist in Virginia. Her clinical work includes conducting forensic evaluations with adults and juveniles examining a range of criminal and civil psycholegal issues. Her research interests include juveniles and adults' capacity to waive Miranda rights and enter guilty pleas, false confessions, and judicial decision making.

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Current Position:

Assistant Professor of Research, Department of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences

Forensic Psychology Evaluator,  Institute of Law, Psychiatry, & Public Policy

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Education

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Forensic Concentration                                                                                      September 2014

    Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.

Predoctoral Internship: University of Massachusetts Medical School/Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital

J.D. Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, PA.                                                                               December 2011

M.S., Clinical Psychology, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.                                                                   September 2010

B.A., Psychology, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s City, MD.                                                          May 2006

Academic Honors and Awards

American Academy of Forensic Psychology Dissertation Award (2012)

Cum Laude, Villanova University School of Law (2011)

Magna Cum Laude, St. Mary’s College of Maryland (2006)

Awarded the B. Jonathan Sekula Memorial Award “Established to recognize achievement in the major by a graduating senior who intends to pursue an advanced degree in psychology” (2006)

Dean’s List, St. Mary’s College of Maryland (2002-06)

Merit Scholarship, St. Mary’s College of Maryland (2002-06)

Publications

Murrie, D.C., & Kelley, S. (in press). Evaluating and managing the risk of violence in clinical practice with adults.  In P.M. Kleepsies (Ed.). Oxford Handbook of Behavioral Emergencies and Crises. New York: Oxford University Press.

Foster, E. E. & Messenheimer Kelley, S.  (in press).  Competence to Stand Trial.  In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology.  Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. 

Goldstein, N.E.S., Messenheimer Kelley, S., Peterson, L., Brogan, L., Zelle, H., & Riggs Romaine, C.L. (in press).  Evaluation of Miranda Waiver Capacity.  In K. Heilbrun, D. DeMatteo, & N.E.S. Goldstein (Eds)., APA Handbook of Psychology and Juvenile Justice. 

Heilbrun, K., Messenheimer Kelley, S., Present Koller, J., Lane, C., & Peterson, L.  (2013).  Community-Based Forensic Services: The Role of the University-Based Clinic.  International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 36, 195-200.

Levick, M., Feierman, J., Messenheimer Kelley, S., Goldstein, N.E.S., & Mordecai, K. (2012).  An Evolving Eighth Amendment Jurisprudence: Defining Cruel and Unusual Punishment Through the Lens of Childhood and Adolescence.  University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change, 15, 285-321.

Goldstein, N.E.S., Messenheimer Kelley, S., Riggs Romaine, C.L., & Zelle, H.  (2012).  Potential Impact of Juvenile Suspects’ Linguistic Abilities on Miranda Understanding and Appreciation.  In P. Tiersman & L. Solan (Eds.), Oxford Handbook on Linguistics and Law.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Cox, J.M., Goldstein, N., Dolores, J., Zelechoski, A., & Messenheimer, S. (2012). The Impact of Juveniles’ Ages and Levels of Psychosocial Maturity on Judges’ Opinions about Adjudicative Competence.  Law and Human Behavior, 36, 21-27.

Publications in Preparation

Messenheimer Kelley, S., Goldstein, N.E.S., Riggs Romaine, C.L., & Zelle, H. (in preparation).

Impact of Miranda warning wording complexity on delinquent youths’ understanding and appreciation of rights.

Goldstein, N.E.S., Folino, J., Meyer, E.L., Domenech, E., Messenheimer Kelley, S. (in preparation).  Comparing the constitutional rights of suspects in the U.S. and Argentina: Implications for recent immigrants’ capacities to waive Miranda rights in the U.S.

Legal Commentary

Goldstein, N.E.S. & Messenheimer Kelley, S.  (2011). Submitted comment to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee regarding the ability of juvenile defendants to enter admissions.

Professional Presentations

Messenheimer Kelley, S., Brogan, L., & Goldstein, N.E.S. (March 2015). Addressing Relative Criteria for Miranda Waivers: A Comparison of Juvenile Justice Youths’ and Adult Offenders’ Understanding and Appreciation of the Rights to Silence and Legal Counsel during Police Interrogations.  Paper to be presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society, San Diego, CA.

NeMoyer, A., Durham, K. E., Brogan, L., Messenheimer Kelley, S., Herens, A., Johnson, S., & Goldstein, N. E. S. (March 2015). Do symptoms of anxiety and depression mediate the relationship between age and suggestibility? Paper to be presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society, San Diego, CA.

Singer, S., Brogan, L., Messenheimer Kelley, S. & Goldstein, N.E.S. (March 2015).  Psychometric Properties and Factor Structure of the Perceptions of Confession behavior during the Holding and Interrogation Process (P-CHIP) with Adult Inmates.  Paper to be presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society, San Diego, CA.

Haney-Caron, E., Gale-Bentz, E., Messenheimer Kelley, S., Brogan, L., & Goldstein, N.E.S. (March 2015). Self-Perceived Likelihood of False Confession: A Comparison of Juvenile and Adult Offenders. Paper to be presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society, San Diego, CA.

Gale-Bentz, E., Haney-Caron, E., Johnson, S., Messenheimer Kelley, S., Brogan, L., & Goldstein, N.E.S. (March 2015).  Miranda Rights Comprehension as a Mediator Between Age and Self-perception of Offering a Confession When Guilty.  Paper to be presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society, San Diego, CA.

Messenheimer Kelley, S., Goldstein, N.E.S., Zelle, H., Brogan, L., & Johnson, S.  (March 2014).  Preserving Precedent or Creating a Unicorn? A Five-Year Update on Miranda.   Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society, New Orleans, LA.    

NeMoyer, A., Messenheimer Kelley, S., Goldstein, N.E.S., Zelle, H., Yasuhara, K., Feierman, J., McKitten, R., & Shah, R.S. (March 2014).  Why lawyers rarely challenge defendants’ competence to plead guilty: A survey of juvenile and criminal defense attorneys.  Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society, New Orleans, LA.   

Brogan, L., Messenheimer Kelley, S., Weil, J., Goldstein, N.E.S., Wolbransky, M., Nemes, S. (March 2014).  Developmental Appropriateness of the DSM-V Substance-Related Disorders Criteria as applied to Justice-Involved Youth.  Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society, New Orleans, LA. 

Johnson, S., Messenheimer Kelley, S., Goldstein, N.E.S., Skolnik, A., & Koppelman N.  (March 2014). Susceptibility to Coercion and Stress Level during Interrogations: Difference between Justice-Involved and Community Youth.  Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society, New Orleans, LA.   

Gale-Bentz, E., Houck, M., Singer, S., Messenheimer Kelley, S., Goldstein, N.E.S., Folino, J., Mayer, E.L., & Lescano, M.J.  (March 2014).  Adapting Forensic Mental Health Instruments for use in Other Countries: Barriers to Adapting the MacCAT-CA for use in Argentina. Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society, New Orleans, LA. 

Messenheimer Kelley, S., Hinz, H., Kelly, M., Pennacchia, D., Burkard, C., & Goldstein, N.E.S.  (March 2013).  Randomized Controlled Trial of JJAM: Study Design, Participant Characteristics, and Treatment Adherence and Acceptability. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society, Portland, OR.   

Goldstein, N.E.S., Messenheimer Kelley, S., Folino, J., Meyer, E.L., Domenech, E., Lescano, M.J., & Tange, E.  (March 2013).  Using Country of Origin in Evaluating the Totality of the Circumstances of Miranda Waivers.  Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society, Portland, OR.

Ebbecke, J., Messenheimer Kelley, S., Goldstein, N.E.S., Graefe, A., & Schultheis, M. (March 2013).  Does understanding of legality predict perceptions of danger for risky driving behaviors?  Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society, Portland, OR.

Messenheimer Kelley, S. & Goldstein, N.E.S.  (March 2012).  Juvenile Guilty Pleas: Pennsylvania Policy Reform as a Model.  Poster presented at Philadelphia Area Psi Chi Research Day, Philadelphia, PA.

Arnold, S., Messenheimer Kelley, S., Burkard, C., NeMoyer, A., & Goldstein, N.E.S. (March 2012).  Psychometric Properties and Factor Structure of the P-CHIP with Juvenile Justice and Community Youth Samples.  Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Burkard, C., Messenheimer Kelley, S., & Goldstein, N.E.S. (March 2012).  Late Adolescents’ Risky Decision-Making: Does the Legality of Behavior Matter?  Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Schecker, M., Messenheimer Kelley, S., Foster, E., Petrongolo, M., & Goldstein, N.E.S. (March 2012).  Gender Differences in Adolescents’ Risks of Confessing During Interrogations.  Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Hinz, H., Goldstein, N.E.S., NeMoyer, A., Pennacchia, D., Serico, J.M., Burkard, C., & Messenheimer Kelley, S. (March 2012).  The Relationship Between Psychosocial Maturity and Aggression Among  Female Juvenile Offenders.  Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Goldstein, N.E.S., Lutz, J., Scott-Sedley, M., & Messenheimer Kelley, S. (November 2011).  Developmental Immaturity and its Impact on Miranda-Related Capacities and Adjudicative Competence.  Talk presented at the Philadelphia Defender Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Foster, E., Messenheimer Kelley, S., Hinz, H., Prelic, A., Burkard, C. & Goldstein, N.E.S. (April 2011). Developmental Maturity and Cell Phone Use While Driving.  Poster presented at Drexel University’s Psi Chi Research Day, Philadelphia, PA.

Burkard, C., Mayer-Cox, J., Messenheimer, S., Lane, C., & Goldstein, N.E. (March 2011).  Judges’ Decision-Making about Juveniles’ Adjudicative Competence: Against Whom to Compare Juveniles’ Adjudicative Competency Abilities – Juveniles or Adults?  Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society, Miami, FL.

Prelic, A., Mayer-Cox, J., Lane, C., Messenheimer, S., & Goldstein, N.E. (March 2011).  Judges’ Demographic Characteristics and Their Ratings of Juvenile Defendants’ Adjudicative Competency Abilities.  Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society, Miami, FL.

Messenheimer, S., Zelle, H., Riggs Romaine, C.L., Serico, J., & Goldstein, N.E.S.  (March 2010).  Police strategy during interrogations of juveniles: Do different types of pressure affect the likelihood of false confessions?  Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society, Vancouver, BC.

Messenheimer, S., Riggs Romaine, C.L., Wolbransky, M., Zelle, H., Serico, J., Wrazien, L., & Goldstein, N.E.S.  (March 2009).  Readability and comprehension: A comparison of the two versions of the Miranda rights assessment instruments.  Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society, San Antonio, TX.

Clinical Experience

Psychology Intern                                                                                                                               August 2013-August 2014

University of Massachusetts Medical School/Worcester Recovery Center & Hospital

Worcester, MA

  • Conducted forensic evaluations of competence to stand trial, criminal responsibility, and treatment needs (supervisor: Carla Lourenco, Psy.D.)
  • Conducted neuropsychological assessments with patients at WRCH (supervisor: Tony Giuliano, Ph.D.)
  • Provided psychotherapy and conducted intake and risk assessments with adolescents on the UMass Adolescent Continuing Care Unit (supervisor: Brian Denietolis, Psy.D.)
  • Provided individual psychotherapy on an outpatient basis to clients with a range of mood and psychotic disorders (supervisor: Debika Paul, Ph.D.).

Psychology Practicum Student                                                                                                                  July 2012-May 2012

Delaware Psychiatric Center

New Castle, DE  Supervisors: Patrick McGuffin, Ph.D.; Charlotte Selig, Psy.D.

  • Conducted court-ordered forensic evaluations and generated reports for a variety of legal issues, including competence to stand trial, mental state at the time of the offense, and treatment needs
  • Provided individual therapy to clients with a wide range of mood and psychotic disorders in an inpatient setting
  • Conducted initial psychological assessments with clients recently admitted to acute-care units
  • Worked as part of an interdisciplinary team to provide treatment
  • Collaborated with treatment mall providers to ensure that clients receive appropriate services

Psychology Practicum Student                                                                                                             July-2011-August 2012

Forensic Assessment Clinic

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA  Supervisor: Kirk Heilbrun, Ph.D.

  • Conducted private and court-ordered forensic evaluations and generated reports for a variety of legal issues, including juvenile decertification, capital sentencing, federal sentencing, and independent medical evaluations
  • Administered intellectual, academic, personality, and risk assessment test batteries to juvenile offenders, adult offenders, and adults on disability due to mental health problems
  • Conducted collateral interviews with family members, friends, and other individuals
  • Wrote integrated reports for use by forensic psychologists, lawyers, and courts
  • Conducted extensive file reviews for issues of capital sentencing, federal sentencing and juvenile decertification

Co-Leader                                                                                                                                                August 2010-April 2011

Juvenile Justice Anger Management (JJAM) Treatment for Girls: Evaluation Phase

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA  Supervisor: Naomi Goldstein, Ph.D.

  • Co-led a 16-session, manualized intervention for female juvenile offenders, aged 12-19
  • Completed therapist fidelity and mental health tracking forms
  • Evaluated the efficacy of a comprehensive, gender-specific anger management treatment program developed specifically for this population

Psychology Practicum Student                                                                                                     September 2010-June 2011

Delaware Valley Community Health, Fairmount Primary Care Center

Philadelphia, PA Supervisor: Suzanne Daub, M.S.W.

  • Provided individual therapy and behavioral health consultations to patients in a primary care setting
  • Collaborated with primary care providers regarding patients’ behavior health needs
  • Co-led monthly ACT-based groups for patients with chronic pain

Psychology Practicum Student                                                                                                                  July 2009-May 2010

Albert “Bo” Robinson Treatment & Assessment Center

Trenton, NJ   Supervisor: Ralph Fretz, Ph.D.

  • Performed intake interviews with residents arriving from state Department of Corrections facilities
  • Conducted interviews and assessments to determine appropriate community placement for residents
  • Provided individual therapy to residents, emphasizing transition planning and relapse prevention
  • Assisted with overseeing daily lectures and meetings with residents

Assessor                                                                                                                                                         July 2008-April 2011

Juvenile Justice Anger Management (JJAM) Treatment for Girls: Evaluation Phase

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.  Supervisor: Naomi Goldstein, Ph.D.

  • Assessed female juvenile offenders in juvenile justice facilities using intellectual, academic achievement, and psychosocial measures

Research Experience

Dissertation                                                                                                                                                    Proposed May 2012

                                                                                                                                                                     Defended May 2014

“Addressing Relative Criteria for Miranda Waivers: A Comparison of Juvenile Justice Youths’ and Adult Offenders’ Understanding and Appreciation of the Rights to Silence and Legal Counsel during Police Interrogations”

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA  Chair: Naomi Goldstein, Ph.D.

  • Proposed a study to compare adult offenders’ and juveniles’ comprehension of Miranda rights and generate adult norms for the Miranda Rights Comprehension Instruments
  • Coordinated with the Philadelphia public defender’s office and Philadelphia prison system to collect data from adult offenders
  • Trained research assistants to conduct assessment battery and enter data
  • Administered assessments to participants in the Philadelphia prison system
  • Results and discussion successfully defended in May 2014

Research Coordinator                                                                                                                             July 2013-March 2014

Attorney Perspectives on Competence to Plead Guilty

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA  Supervisor: Naomi Goldstein, Ph.D.

  • Assisted in development of research proposal and survey to evaluate attorneys’ experience raising the issue of competence to plead guilty

Research Coordinator                                                                                                                          June 2011-October 2011

Evaluating Patient Complexity at the Norristown Regional Health Center

Delaware Valley Community Health, Norristown, PA  Supervisor: Suzanne Daub, M.S.W.

  • Assisted in development of a protocol to examine the complexity (i.e., different diagnoses and psychosocial difficulties) among the patient population at Norristown Regional Health Center
  • Coded patient charts and entered data into database; trained research assistants on coding scheme and data entry
  • Interpreted results and contributed to report submitted to the health center

Research Coordinator                                                                                                                     June 2010-November 2011

Driving and Developmental Immaturity

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA  Supervisor: Naomi Goldstein, Ph.D.

  • Assisted in preparation of R21 grant to evaluate the relationship between decision-making while driving and developmental immaturity in novice drivers
  • Developed and administered a survey to collect pilot data on college students’ self-reported use of cell phones while driving and developmental immaturity
  • Analyzed and interpreted pilot data; reported results in grant application and conference presentations

Master’s Thesis                                                                                                                                    Defended November 2009

“Juveniles’ Miranda Comprehension: Comparing Different Versions of the Warning”

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA  Chair: Naomi Goldstein, Ph.D.

  • Examined how juveniles’ Miranda comprehension differed between a simpler and a more complex version of the warnings
  • Analyzed and interpreted data based on a priori hypotheses
  • Results and discussion presented and successfully defended in November 2009

Research Assistant                                                                                                                                 June 2008-January 2009

“Validation of the Scoring Criteria for the Miranda Rights Comprehension Instruments”

Drexel University, Philadelphia PA.  Supervisor: Naomi Goldstein, Ph.D.

  • Assisted in transferring the instrument into survey form

Policy Research Intern                                                                                                                       September 2006-July 2007                     “State Medicaid Policy Choices Under the Deficit Reduction Act”

Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Washington DC. 

Supervisor: Chris Koyanagi, Policy Director

  • Assisted in monitoring, compiling, and evaluating states’ changes to their Medicaid programs following passage of the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) of 2005
  • Key DRA provisions that were monitored and evaluated included: expanded access to home-and-community-based-services for the elderly and disabled, opportunities for families with children with disabilities to purchase Medicaid coverage, demonstration projects on home-and-community-based alternatives to psychiatric residential treatment facilities for children, Money Follows the Person Rebalancing demonstrations, and DRA cost-sharing changes.

Policy Research Intern                                                                                                                       December 2006-July 2007

“Mental Health Parity in the States 2007”

Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Washington DC

Supervisor: Chris Koyanagi, Policy Director

  • Researched and evaluated the extent to which insurance plans in the 50 states and District of Columbia provide mental health benefits in parity with benefits for physical health conditions
  • Tabulated the relevant statute, covered populations, benefits, and the types of policies (e.g., group, individual, or HMO) included for each state 

Senior Thesis                                                                                                                                      September 2005-May 2006

“False Confessions: The Problem and Possible Solutions”

St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s City, MD.  Advisor: David Finkelman, Ph.D.

  • Researched false confessions; evaluated causes based on interrogator, suspect, and interrogation characteristics
  • Developed recommendations to reduce the incidence of false confessions, and to protect individuals who have given false confessions from being convicted
  • Interviewed police officers from 7 counties in Maryland to evaluate common interrogation techniques and law enforcement perceptions of false confessions

Grants

Principal Investigator                                                                                                                                                              

“Addressing Relative Criteria for Miranda Waivers: A Comparison of Juvenile Justice Youths’ and Adult Offenders’ Understanding and Appreciation of the Rights to Silence and Legal Counsel during Police Interrogations”

  • Dissertation Grant from the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (Funded: $500)

Co-Investigator

“Juveniles’ Capacities to Function within Argentina’s Justice System”

  • Argentina’s Federal Funding in Science and Technology (PI: J. Folino) (Funded)

Contributor to Grant Application

“Developmental Immaturity and Risky Driving in Inexperienced Drivers”

  • R21, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (PI: M. Schultheis) (revisions in progress)

Teaching Experience

Instructor                                                                                                                                                      April 2013-June 2013

Undergraduate Course: Child Psychopathology

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

  • Developed syllabus, created assignments, prepared and presented lectures for an undergraduate course on child psychopathology

Guest lecturer                                                                          October 2011, January 2012, October 2012, February 2013

Juvenile Justice Seminar

University of Pennsylvania Law School, Temple University Beasley School of Law

Philadelphia, PA  Instructor: Jessica Feierman, Esq.

  • Prepared and presented lectures on adolescent development and how developmental immaturity influences juveniles’ behavior during interrogations

Teaching Assistant                                                                                                                                   March 2009-June 2009

Undergraduate Course: Developmental Psychology

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.  Supervisor: Maureen Gibney, Psy.D.

  • Proctored Exams
  • Held officer hours and addressed student questions

Teaching Assistant                                                                                                                  September 2008-December 2008

Undergraduate Course: Physiological Psychology

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.  Supervisor: Jennifer Gallo, Ph.D.

  • Proctored and graded exams
  • Held office hours and addressed student questions
  • Prepared and presented lecture on Sleep and Circadian Rhythms

Teaching Assistant                                                                                                                  September 2008-December 2008

Undergraduate Course: Sensation and Perception

Drexel University, Philadelphia PA.  Supervisor: Michael Williams, Ph.D.

  • Prepared extra credit assignments
  • Held office hours and addressed student questions

Mentorship Experience

Graduate Student Mentor                                                                                                                        October 2012-Present

“Psychometric Properties of the Miranda Rights Comprehension Instruments with an Adult Offender Sample”

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA  Supervisor: Naomi Goldstein, Ph.D.

  • Mentoring graduate master’s thesis investigating the psychometric properties of the Miranda Rights Comprehension Instruments in an adult offender sample
  • Editing and revising drafts of literature review and methods; will collaborate on data analysis and interpretation

Graduate Student Mentor                                                                                                              September 2012-June 2013

Developmental Immaturity as a Moderator of Substance Use and Academic Performance”

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA  Supervisor: Naomi Goldstein, Ph.D.  

  • Mentored undergraduate senior thesis investigating the relationship between developmental immaturity, substance use, and academic performance in college students
  • Edited drafts of research proposal, results, and IRB materials
  • Supervised development and administration of survey; supervised data analyses

Graduate Student Mentor                                                                                                                         July 2011-April 2012

“Psychometric Properties and Factor Structure of the P-CHIP with Juvenile Justice and Community Youth Samples”

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA  Supervisor: Naomi Goldstein, Ph.D.

  • Mentored undergraduate senior thesis evaluating the psychometric properties of the Perceptions of Coercion During the Holding and Interrogation Process (P-CHIP), a tool designed to evaluate examinees’ self-reported likelihood of offering a false confession in hypothetical interrogation situations
  • Taught factor analysis strategies; supervised factor analyses and other data analysis in SPSS-18
  • Edited and revised drafts of literature review, methods, results, and discussion
  • Assisted student in preparing a proposal and poster to present at the annual meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society

Graduate Student Mentor                                                                                                                              June 2010-Present

Delinquency Intervention and Assessment Lab

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA  Supervisor: Naomi Goldstein, Ph.D.

  • Assist undergraduate research assistants in developing research ideas and analyzing previously-collected data
  • Mentor undergraduate research assistants in developing research proposals and preparing posters for conferences
  • Collaborate with undergraduate research assistants on researching, writing, and preparing manuscripts for submission

Relevant Experience

Legal Intern                                                                                                                                          February 2012-May 2012

Federal Community Defender Office, Capital Habeas Unit

Philadelphia, PA  Supervisors: Elizabeth Larin, Esq. & David Zuckerman, Esq.

  • Researched and prepared legal memoranda on a variety of psycho-legal issues
  • Assisted in identification of mental health issues in capital habeas cases

Legal Intern                                                                                                                                        September 2010-May 2011

Juvenile Law Center

Philadelphia, PA  Supervisor: Lourdes Rosado, Esq.

  • Researched and prepared legal memoranda on a variety of psycho-legal issues
  • Performed background research and provided draft language for an amicus brief submitted in J.D.B. v. North Carolina, 564 U.S. ___ (2011)
  • Created a database of empirical literature on several psycho-legal topics

Managing Editor of Symposia                                                                                                                  May 2010-May 2011

Villanova Law Review

Villanova, PA

  • Assisted in organizing two symposia for the law school legal community; organized staffing for events
  • Edited outside articles contributed to the law review by symposia speakers
  • Supervised and provided feedback to source-checkers
  • Collaborated with authors on revisions to articles

Professional Affiliations

American Psychological Association

American Psychology-Law Society

American Bar Association