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PhD    Drexel University (Clinical Psychology, Forensic Concentration)
JD       Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Drexel University
MS       Drexel University (Clinical Psychology)
BA       Columbia University (Psychology)
BA       Jewish Theological Seminary (Modern Jewish Studies)


Emily Haney-Caron is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She teaches doctoral courses on juvenile law, forensic assessment, the law of forensic psychology, and psychopathology, as well as Master's and undergraduate classes. Before joining the faculty at John Jay she completed a pre-doctoral clinical internship at Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School.

Dr. Haney-Caron's research focuses on the alignment between adolescents' capacities to make legal decisions and the expectations placed upon them by the juvenile justice system. She has published research or scholarship on juvenile false confession, juvenile Miranda comprehension, fines and fees in the juvenile justice system, the school-to-prison pipeline, developmental immaturity, psychopathology among justice-involved youth, and applications of the Risk-Needs-Responsivity model to juvenile justice. Dr. Haney-Caron's work has been profiled by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, and MSNBC.

Dr. Haney-Caron is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania and a licensed clinical psychologist in New York.

Professional Memberships

Committee on Legal Issues, American Psychological Association; Juvenile Justice Committee, New York City Bar Association

Scholarly Work


  1. Haney-Caron, E., Brown, L. K., & Tolou-Shams, M. (2021). HIV testing and risk among justice-involved youth. AIDS and Behavior. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-020-02978-z 
  2. DeMatteo, D., Haney-Caron, E., & Flack, D. (2019). The next steps forward in determining “what works.” Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 26(2).
  3. Goldstein, N. E. S., Cole, L., Houck, M., Haney-Caron, E., Brooks Holliday, S., Kreimer, R., & Bethel, K. (2019). Dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline: The Philadelphia Police School Diversion Program. Children and Youth Services Review, 101, 61-69.
  4. Haney-Caron, E., Esposito-Smythers, C., Tolou-Shams, M., Lowery, A., & Brown, L. K. (2019). Mental health symptoms and delinquency among court-involved youth referred for treatment. Children and Youth Services Review, 98, 312-318.
  5. Goldstein, N. E. S., Giallella, C., Haney-Caron, E., Peterson, L., Serico, J., Kemp, K. . . .Lochman, J. (2018). Juvenile Justice Anger Management (JJAM) Treatment for Girls: Results of a randomized controlled trial.  Psychological Services, 15(4), 386-397.
  6. Haney-Caron, E., Goldstein, N. E. S., & Mesiarik, C. (2018). Self-perceived likelihood of false confession: A comparison of justice-involved juveniles and adults. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 45(12), 1955-1976.
  7. Haney-Caron, E., Brogan, L., NeMoyer, A., Kelley, S., & Heilbrun, K. (2016). Diagnostic changes to DSM-5: The potential impact on juvenile justice. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 44(4), 457-469.
  8. Haney-Caron, E., Goldstein, N. E. S., Giallella, C., Kemp, K., & Riggs Romaine, C. (2016). Success in school for justice-involved girls: Do specific aspects of developmental immaturity matter? International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 15(1), 65-80.
  9. Brogan, L., Haney-Caron, E., NeMoyer, A., & DeMatteo, D. (2015). Applying the Risk-Needs-Responsivity (RNR) Model to juvenile justice. Criminal Justice Review, 40(3), 277-302.
  10. Haney-Caron, E. & Heilbrun, K. (2014). Lesbian and gay parents and determination of child custody: The changing legal landscape and implications for policy and practice. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 1(1), 19-29.
  11. Haney-Caron, E., Caprihan, A., & Stevens, M. C. (2014). DTI-measured white matter abnormalities in adolescents with Conduct Disorder. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 48(1), 111-120.
  12. Hyatt, C. J., Haney-Caron, E., & Stevens, M. C. (2012). Cortical thickness and folding deficits in Conduct-Disordered adolescents. Biological Psychiatry, 72(3), 207-214.
  13. Stevens, M. C., & Haney-Caron, E. (2012). Comparison of brain volume abnormalities between ADHD and Conduct Disorder in adolescence. Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience, 37(4), 110-148.



1.    Haney-Caron, E. & Fountain, E. (2021). Young, Black, and wrongfully charged: A cumulative disadvantage framework. Dickinson Law Review, 125, 653-726.

2.    New York City Bar Association (2021). Report on legislation by the Juvenile Justice Committee and the Children and the Law Committee: Support for legislation to protect children during custodial police interrogation. Retrieved from https://www.nycbar.org/member-and-career-services/committees/reports-listing/reports/detail/protecting-children-during-custodial-police-interrogation. [co-author]

3.    Haney-Caron, E. & Hellgren, J. (2020). Interrogating youth Miranda waivers and confessions: A developmental perspective. For the Defense, 5(3), 20-24.

4.    New York City Bar Association (2019). Report on legislation by the Juvenile Justice Committee, the Criminal Justice Operations Committee, and the Mass Incarceration Task Force: Support for legislation to waive certain court fees for defendants under 21. Retrieved from https://www.nycbar.org/member-and-career-services/committees/reports-listing/reports/detail/support-for-legislation-to-waive-certain-court-fees-for-defendants-under-21. [primary author]

5.    Feierman, J., Mozaffar, N., Goldstein, N. E. S., & Haney-Caron, E. (2018). The price of justice: The high cost of “free” counsel for youth in the juvenile justice system. Juvenile Law Center. Retrieved from https://debtorsprison.jlc.org/documents/JLC-Debtors-Paying-for-Justice.pdf

6.    Goldstein, N. E. S., Haney-Caron, E., Levick, M., & Whiteman, D. [authorship alphabetical] (2018). Waving good-bye to waiver: A developmental argument against youths’ waiver of their Miranda rights. N.Y.U. Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, 21(1), 1-67.

7.    Feierman, J., Goldstein, N., Haney-Caron, E., & Fairfax Columbo, J. (2016). Debtors’ prison for kids? The high cost of fines and fees in the juvenile justice system. Juvenile Law Center. Retrieved from http://debtorsprison.jlc.org/documents/JLC-Debtors-Prison.pdf

8.    Haney-Caron, E., Goldstein, N. E. S., & DeMatteo, D. (2015). Safe from subpoena? The importance of Certificates of Confidentiality to the viability and ethics of research. Akron Law Review, 48, 349-382.

9.    LaDuke, C., Haney-Caron, E., & Slobogin, C. (2015). The admissibility of neuroscience evidence in criminal cases. SciTech Lawyer, 11(2), 18-21


Research Summary

Dr. Haney-Caron's research focuses on juvenile forensic psychology, forensic assessment, and public policy. Her interests are in criminal legal issues unique to youth, including youth false confession, the impact of legal system policies on youth and their families, and the impact of developmental immaturity among legally-involved youth. Additionally, Dr. Haney-Caron is interested in the relationship among empirical research, forensic practice, and policy.