joining the faculty at John Jay she completed a pre-doctoral clinical internship at Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School. She currently serves on the New York City Bar Association’s Juvenile Justice Committee and the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Legal Issues.
Dr. Haney-Caron is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania. She has worked with Juvenile Law Center, Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Federal Community Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Capital Habeas Unit. Additionally, she has done clinical work within a secure residential juvenile justice facility and in a family court clinic as well as a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings.
Emily Haney-Caron is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. 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 scholarship has been profiled by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, and MSNBC, and has been cited in U.S. Supreme Court amicus briefs and a U.S. Department of Justice Advisory.
Dr. Haney-Caron teaches doctoral courses on forensic assessment, the law of forensic psychology, juvenile justice, and psychopathology, as well as Master's and undergraduate classes at the intersection of psychology and law. Before
Sydney Baker is a second-year Clinical Psychology doctoral student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She graduated from The University of Maryland, College Park with degrees in Psychology and Criminology/Criminal Justice. Then, she worked as a Social/Clinical Research Assistant at the Biobehavioral Research on Addiction and Emotion Lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where her main duties were coordinating an NIH-funded study examining the effectiveness of technology-enhanced behavioral activation treatment for substance use. Now, at John Jay, Sydney is interested in conducting translational research that has direct implications for public policy reform. In the Youth Law & Psychology Lab, she works on a project examining
judges’ perceptions of the juvenile plea process. She also works with Dr. Diana Falkenbach, where she conducts research examining the relationship between police officers’ attitudes and characteristics and career success.
Aliya Birnbaum is a second-year master’s student in Forensic Psychology M.A. program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She earned her bachelor’s degree in both Psychology and Criminology at the University of South Florida. Her clinical and research interests in forensic psychology are juvenile justice policy reform, the relationship between race and the legal system, and severe mental illness in the justice system. She co-authored a paper that explores how childhood trauma translates into internalized and externalized behavior. Aliya was awarded the Pinkerton Fellowship and holds an externship at the Bronx Defenders. She is currently working on her thesis, examining the intersection between attorney race and the juvenile plea bargain process. She also works on
policy work for the lab. After graduation, Aliya plans to get her Ph.D. in Forensic Clinical Psychology and work with youth in the justice system.
Denieka Ellis is a second-year master’s student in the Forensic Psychology M.A. program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Her clinical and research interests include juror and legal decision making, racial and gender disparity in the criminal justice system, juvenile justice policy and reform, and behavioral and mental health evaluation and assessment. In the Youth Law & Psychology Lab, she is currently working on a project examining the interrater reliability of juvenile risk assessment and is also completing her thesis, which examines youth demographic factors that impact juror perception and subsequent verdict. Denieka interns at the Center for Evaluation and Counseling where she is responsible for providing individual and group psychotherapy to adolescents and adults and for case management. Following graduation, she plans to pursue a doctoral degree in Clinical Forensic psychology.
of guilt, and how such assessments subsequently influence the treatment of suspects or defendants in their communities. During her career, Erika plans to focus on the potential policy implications of this study and similar work, communicating the significance of psychological findings to policymakers in the pursuit of effecting positive change.
ERIKA DIAZ ORTIZ
Erika Diaz Ortiz graduated from Williams College with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and English in 2017. She is currently a master's student in the Forensic Psychology M.A. program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Erika is intent on pursuing a career at the intersection between psychological and legal research, working to advocate for the reform of existing policies that contribute to the unfair treatment of individuals in the criminal justice system. In the Youth Law & Psychology Lab, she contributes to research on juvenile Miranda rights and guilty pleas, the ultimate goal of which is to promote policy change that will better serve and protect at-risk justice-involved youth. Erika's thesis shares this goal, as she seeks to examine social stigmatization experienced by adolescents as an unforeseen consequence of justice involvement. Her study aims to investigate the effect of justice system involvement (short of conviction of a crime) on assessments
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Kamar Tazi is a senior at John Jay College of Criminal Justice majoring in Forensic Psychology and minoring in English. Kamar’s passion for youth justice has guided her research and professional interests. In the Youth Law & Psychology Lab, she assists on various projects by recruiting participants, locating and synthesizing relevant research on youth development and legal involvement, and creating infographics for legal professionals regarding youth who have contact with the system. She has conducted original research as a Ronald E. McNair scholar on risk assessments of justice-involved youth and the emotional responses of service providers when working with these youth in community-based organizations.
Currently, Kamar is a Pinkerton Community Fellow working with justice-involved young people. Aftershe earns her undergraduate degree, Kamar plans to begin a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program with a forensic concentration, where she will continue her research on clinical assessments with justice-involved youth and the empirical foundations of effective programming.
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Aliza Klingenstein is a senior at Cornell University majoring in Psychology. Her research interests are juvenile and adult forensic psychology, especially pertaining to judgment and decision making. She held a previous summer internship at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, and during the school year she works in the Personality, Attachment, and Control Laboratory in the Psychology Department at Cornell. In the Youth Law & Psychology Lab, she worked on compiling a database of licensed psychologists to be used for the study examining the
interrater reliability of a juvenile risk assessment, as well as preparing informative materials to accompany the Parental Perceptions of Juvenile Miranda Rights Waivers project. After graduation from Cornell, she plans to pursue a graduate degree in Psychology in continuation of her study of the intersection of Psychology and Law.