Robert A. Beattey Jr

Robert A. Beattey Jr., 2012

Enhanced Chancellor’s Fellow and Adjunct Lecturer at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The Graduate Center, City University of New York.  Robert is currently a pre-doctoral Clinical Psychology Intern at the California Department of State Hospital’s Metropolitan State Hospital where he works with populations adjudicated not competent to stand trial, found not guilty by reason of insanity, and civilly committed.  Robert is a co-editor of The Ethical Practice of Forensic Psychology: A casebook published by Oxford University Press.  Robert’s current research projects include studies on the long-term impacts of child abuse and neglect; lay judgment of mental states in the legal context; sex offender policy; evidence-based legal decision-making; public health policy; and professional ethics. He frequently teaches courses such as Abnormal Psychology, Psychology and Law, and a graduate course in Ethical Issues in Forensic Mental Health.  Robert is a former prosecutor and civil litigator. As an attorney, he litigated hundreds of criminal and civil cases in both the public and private sector.  Robert holds a BA from Columbia University, a JD from The Ohio State University College of Law, and an MA in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.  Robert expects to complete his PhD in clinical psychology with a forensic concentration in 2017.  Robert is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychology-Law Society.

Chassitty N. Fiani

Chassitty N. Fiani, 2013

BA, 2013, Forensic Psychology, CUNY John Jay

MA, 2015, Forensic Psychology, CUNY John Jay

M.Phil., 2017, Psychology, CUNY Graduate Center

Chassitty works under the supervision of Dr. Kevin Nadal. Chassitty's research interests include identity development and mental health among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer (LGBQ) and among transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) adults. Chassitty hopes to apply her research toward improving mental healthcare and criminal justice experiences of people who identify as LGBQ and/or TGNC to decrease disparities in psychological well-being and quality of life. 

Tanya Erazo

Tanya Erazo, 2014

Tanya Erazo is a New York City transplant hailing from the Bay Area in California. She graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a bachelor's degree in law and society. Tanya also received a master's degree in psychology, with an emphasis in mental health and substance abuse counseling, from The New School in New York City. She is a Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor in training (CASAC-T) in New York State. In order to integrate her passions for the legal world and psychology, Tanya decided to pursue a career in clinical psychology while focusing on social justice issues, aggression/violence and trauma. Tanya works alongside Dr. Kevin Nadal and Dr. Chitra Raghavan studying microaggressions and intimate partner violence. Specifically, Tanya is most interested in how power dynamics, aggression/violence, trauma and bias affect police and civilian interactions. Her career goals are to: (1) establish empirically-based interventions for mitigating potentially-violent and/or discriminatory intergroup situations, (2) explore how interpersonal interactions are escalated by trauma exposure, and (3) consult with correctional facilities, police departments, armed forces and community organizations, both domestically and internationally, regarding safety practices between officers, inmates, soldiers and civilians.

Amanda Reed

Amanda Reed, 2015

Amanda is a student in John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s clinical psychology doctoral program. Amanda received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wellesley College and a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Amanda currently serves as the Research Coordinator for the Forensic Training Academy, under the direction of Dr. Patricia Zapf. She is the Chair-Elect of the American Psychology-Law Society Student Committee and serves as the Reviewer Coordinator for the Psychology-Law Evidence Database, a joint project between John Jay College and Simon Fraser University. Her research interests include cognitive bias in forensic evaluations and training for professional evaluators.

Fabiana Alceste

Fabiana Alceste, 2014

After receiving her B.A. and B.S. degrees from the University of Florida, Fabiana moved to New York City to pursue my doctorate. Within the field of Psychology and Law, Fabiana study the psychology of false confessions under Dr. Saul Kassin. Fabiana's main research interests involve police interrogation tactics, causes and effects of false confessions, and how psychological findings can be applied to case law.

Joseph Deluca

Joseph Deluca, 2014

BA/MA, 2014, Forensic Psychology, CUNY John Jay College

Joe is working with Dr. Philip Yanos. He is interested in mental health recovery among persons with serious mental illness; public attitudes (stigma) toward persons with mental illness and other marginalized groups; and general mental health awareness and advocacy efforts. Joe has recently been involved with a local non-profit looking at the development and efficacy of anti-stigma campaigns for adolescents in high school. Clinically, he is generally interested in working with individuals living with, or at risk for developing, serious mental illness. He is also particularly interested in working with adolescents and young adults. Currently, he is a Student Advisory Board member for APA Division 53's Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

Andrew Evelo

Andrew Evelo, 2012

Andrew received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of the South: Sewanee and Master’s degree from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He studies social cognition and legal decision making with his advisor, Margaret Kovera, and has published research on eyewitness identifications, juror decisions, and perceptions of juvenile offenders. Both the American Psychology-Law Society and Society for Personality and Social Psychology have awarded him presentation funds. In 2011, Evelo received the Lee Becker Award for accomplishment and promise in science.

Natalie Gordon

Natalie Gordon, 2016

Natalie holds an MA in Psychology (concentration in Psychology and Law) from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Her MA thesis, which was funded by the American Psychology-Law Society, examined the impact of genetic and environmental evidence on mock jurors’ sentencing decisions in a capital trial. In addition to her interest in the impact of genetic evidence on legal decision-makers, she has recently become interested in how different pieces of evidence (e.g., gruesome photographs) can arouse discrete emotions and how those emotions, in turn, differentially effect jurors’ judgments about culpability and punishment. She has also been trained as a restorative justice facilitator and has experience co-facilitating conferences for petty crimes and misdemeanors.

Cody Stitzel

Cody Stitzel, 2016

Cody worked as a graduate assistant where I conducted assessments of selective attention abilities in children, aged 4 to 7 years, at schools located in underprivileged neighborhoods. Her second line of research centers on her on-going thesis work, where she is investigating if empathetic response patterns of individuals with primary and secondary psychopathic traits vary in different contexts, created by different combinations of victim and offender attributes. While studying at John Jay under the supervision of Dr. Widom. Cody was recently awarded (April 2016) the Summer Research Fellowship from the University of Dayton in order to complete my master's thesis, which she presented at the Social Sciences Symposium held at the University of Dayton in November 2015. Additionally, during the 2015-2016 academic year she was awarded a Clinical Trainee Grant and during the 2014-2015 academic year she was awarded a Graduate Assistantship, both from the University of Dayton. This past June, Cody worked as a teaching assistant for a psychology study abroad program in Florence, Italy. 


Kendra Doychak

Kendra Doychak, 2016


Kendra works under the guidance of Dr. Chitra Raghavan, studying the dynamics of abusive relationships. Broadly, her research interests include: gendered violence, coercive control, and responses to trauma. Specifically, her current projects focus on pimp/prostitute and sex-trafficker/trafficking-victim relationship dynamics, with specific attention to control, coercion, and traumatic attachment. Psychological, as well as broader socio-cultural and political, factors inform all research development, design, and interpretation. Kendra graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Psychology from Ithaca College in 2013. In 2015, she obtained her Master's degree with distinction in Forensic Mental Health Counseling from John Jay College, where she also received the Robert S. Morrow prize for academic excellence


Emily Edwards

Emily Edwards, 2013


Emily's research interests include emotion processing, behavioral dysregulation, subjective emotional experience, and treatment development for persons with emotional difficulties. She is particularly interested in theories underlying treatment development and how treatments may be modified for forensic contexts. As a doctoral student, Emily engages in research, receives clinical training, and teaches undergraduate courses.


Alexa Hiley

Alexa Hiley, 2014


Alexa graduated in 2012 with a BA in psychology from Bates College, where she did research on how the dynamics of an interview affects the quality of witness's accounts of an event. After college, she spent two years working at the BIDMC Transplant Institute as a clinical RA with the Surgical Outcomes Analysis & Research team. Alexa started at John Jay in Fall 2014. Alexa primarily works with Margaret Bull Kovera, conducting research on the effects of phenotypic bias on juror perceptions of alibi witness credibility. My secondary adviser is Saul Kassin, with whom she is researching juror evaluations of forensic confirmation bias.


Lauren Kois, 2011

MA, 2011, New York University

BA, 2008, James Madison University

Lauren is the Lab Coordinator for Dr. Preeti Chauhan's Race and Community Effects (RACE) lab. She is most interested in forensic assessment (in particular, competence to stand trial and mental state), the use of neuropsychological assessment in forensic contexts, cultural factors that may impact forensic assessment outcomes, and competence to stand trial restoration programming. She will join the University of Alabama's Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program (Psychology and Law concentration) as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2017.

Ahmed Enaitalla

Ahmed Enaitalla, 2015

BA, 2015, Psychology & Sociology, Stony Brook University

Ahmed is currently working with Dr. Cathy Spatz Widom. His research interests are in the area of psychopathy, particularly non-criminal psychopathy, and in the identification of protective factors that may help constrain the antisocial tendencies commonly associated with psychopathic traits. Ahmed is also interested in exploring the use of psychology as an investigative tool in the field of law enforcement, particularly for criminal offenses that involve violence. Ahmed was born and raised in NYC and hails from the borough of Queens. He enjoys playing a variety of sports, including boxing, football, and competitive video gaming. He currently serves in the NYPD as an Auxiliary Police Officer and aspires to become a law enforcement agent after completing his degree.

Amanda Rosinski

Amanda Rosinski, 2015

B.S., 2013, Criminal Justice, Utica College of Syracuse University

M.A., 2015, Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Amanda Rosinski is a doctoral student in the clinical psychology Ph.D. program hosted at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The Graduate Center. Broadly, Amanda researches the impact of cross-cultural and immigration factors in clinical forensic assessment, under the mentorship of Dr. Rebecca Weiss. Amanda has presented her research at several national and international conferences, including American Psychology-Law Society, American Psychological Association, and International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services. She hopes to translate her research into forensic practices, conducting culturally-sensitive forensic evaluations in order to ensure clients receive appropriate mental health services. Amanda also serves on the John Jay College Psychology Doctoral Student Council as the Diversity Committee Representative, and as an author on the American Psychology-Law Society tri-annual newsletter. 

 Karima Modjadidi, 2012

Karima graduated from Moravian College with a B.A. in psychology and received her M.A. from John Jay College.  Under the supervision of Dr. Margaret Kovera and Dr. Steve Penrod, Karima conducts research on jury decision-making, plea-bargaining, and attorney decision-making.  She has presented research at the American Psychology-Law Society, American Psychological Society, and European Association of Psychology and Law conferences.  Karima is also an adjunct professor at John Jay College.  

Justin Balash

Justin Balash, 2014

Justin is a doctoral student in The Graduate Center’s Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Justin graduated summa cum laude with his B.A. in Psychology from the University at Buffalo , where he also minored in Philosophy. He received his M.A. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College, where he received the Robert S. Morrow Prize. He currently works with Dr. Diana Falkenbach, researching “successful” psychopathy in various non-forensic populations. Justin’s research interests include psychopathy, behavioral ethics, and the relationship between personality and morality. 

Stephanie Cardenas

Stephanie Cardenas, 2016

Stephanie is a first year PhD student working with Deryn Strange and Saul Kassin. She received her B.A. in Psychology and German from Williams College (2014). Prior to joining John Jay, Stephanie was a Postbaccalaureate IRTA Research Fellow at the National Institutes of Health, where she researched neurocognitive deficits and the heritability of mood disorder symptoms. Her current research interests include studying plea bargain decision making, the phenomenology of partial innocence, the development of traumatic memory distortions, alibi generation, and, broadly, social justice issues focused around morality and motivations to engage in collective action.

Yizhu Zhou

Yizhu Zhou, 2016

Bachelor of Engineering, 2010, Industrial Design, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

MA, 2015, General Psychology, New York University

Yizhu is a certified therapist in Shanghai, China. In order to gain deeper understanding of how different levels of sociocultural contexts influence individuals’ mental health and psycho-social-emotional wellbeing, Yizhu then came to the New York City to gather more research and clinical experience. Working under the supervision of Dr. Kevin Nadal, Yizhu has research interests in the contextual factors influencing micro-aggression experiences among ethnic minority groups and their coping strategies. Yizhu’s other lines of research interests include the influence of sociocultural changes on parenting practices and their children’s psycho-social well-being. Yizhu’s career objective is to apply her research on the detrimental outcomes of diverse social oppression to promoting social justice.