Robert L. Listenbee, Esq., former Administrator of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention under the Obama administration, has joined Drexel as a Stoneleigh Foundation Visiting Fellow in the University’s Juvenile Justice Research and Reform Lab (JJRR).
The JJRR lab, directed by Drexel Psychology Professor Naomi Goldstein, PhD, targets the intersection of psychology, law and public policy, with particular emphasis on forensic psychology and juvenile justice. As a Stoneleigh Fellow, Listenbee will lend his national expertise to improve outcomes for vulnerable young people involved with the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Among other objectives, he will look at ways to improve employment opportunities for at-risk and homeless youth.
“The city of Philadelphia has served as an incubator of cutting-edge reform in juvenile justice, and the Stoneleigh Foundation’s fellows have been involved in advancing a number of those innovations,” says Listenbee, who led the Juvenile Justice Unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia for 16 years before joining the Obama administration. “I’m excited and honored to be returning to Philadelphia as part of the Stoneleigh team.”