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  • Gail Goodman

    Gail Goodman

    Distinguished Professor

        University of California, Davis
    Phone: 530.752.6981
    Office: 152 Young Hall


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    Dr. Goodman's research falls into two major areas: memory development and children's abilities and experiences as victim/witnesses. In the memory development area, her work explores theoretical issues concerning the relation between trauma and memory, attachment and memory, and semantic associates and memory, as well as the relation between emotion and memory. In the victim/witness area, her research focuses on children's ability to provide testimony about events they have experienced or witnessed, especially events related to child abuse, and on the psychological effects on children of legal and social service involvement. She is also currently studying the effects of child abuse on emotional adjustment/psychopathology. Her studies have been cited in U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Dr. Goodman has served on the editorial boards of such journals as Child Development, Law and Human Behavior, and Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, and as president of three divisions (Division 37, Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice; Division 41, Psychology and Law; and Division 7, Developmental Psychology) and one section (Child Maltreatment) of the American Psychological Association. She has received many awards for her research as well as two teaching and mentoring awards for graduate and undergraduate instruction. Of note, she received two Distinguished Contributions awards in 2005 from the American Psychological Association (the Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy Award, as well as the Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research Award); the Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society in 2008 from Division 7; and the James McKeen Cattell Award for Lifetime Contributions to Applied Psychological Research in 2012 from the Association for Psychological Science. Dr. Goodman is Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Public Policy Research at the University of California, Davis.