Distinguished Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of California at Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis , CA 95616
Office Phone: (530) 754-8288
Center for Public Policy Research Director
Department of Psychology University of California, Davis 1 Shields Avenue Davis , CA 95616
Office Phone: (530) 752-6981
- Ph.D. – University of California, Los Angeles
- M.A. – University of California, Los Angeles
- B.A. – University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Gail S. Goodman is Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Public Policy Research at the University of California, Davis. Her research concerns memory development, child maltreatment, trauma and memory, and children in the legal system. She has received many awards for her research and writings and serves as President of Division 7 (Developmental Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Goodman has published widely and has received many federal, state, and foundation grants. Her research has been cited in U.S. Supreme Court decisions. She obtained her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from University of California, Los Angeles and conducted postdoctoral studies at the University of Denver and the Université René Descartes in Paris, France. Dr. Goodman has served on the faculty of the University of Denver, the State University of New York, and the University of Oslo, Norway. She has consulted with numerous governments and agencies throughout the world on policies and research concerning child victims in the legal system.
The streets of Rio de Janeiro and other urban parts of Brazil are notorious for children living in deplorable conditions and falling victim to violent crimes. The Center for Public Policy Research (CPPR) at UC Davis recently began assisting the Brazilian government in efforts to redefine the country’s laws regarding child victims.
An unfortunate consequence of prosecuting these types of crimes is that children become embroiled in the legal system and potentially re-traumatized by repeated forensic interviews and testifying in court. With recommendations from worldwide experts including UC Davis Distinguished Professor and CPPR Director Gail S. Goodman, Brazil hopes to identify and implement alternative methods for collecting testimony from children in a manner that doesn’t further traumatize them.
Goodman was invited to give a keynote presentation at an international conference in August sponsored by Childhood Brazil, the Special Human Rights Secretariat (part of the Brazilian government) and the Brazilian Association of Child and Youth Court Judges, Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys. Her talk focused on the research findings reviewed by CPPR team members Michael Lawler, Ph.D., Ingrid Cordon, Ph.D., graduate research assistants Christin Ogle and Natalie Troxel, and Goodman herself. Goodman’s award-winning UC Davis laboratory produced much of the research.
“The goal of the Center for Public Policy Research here at UC Davis is to bring science to policy, and it’s especially thrilling to do so in a country as far away and fascinating as Brazil,” Goodman says.
In addition to speaking at the conference and providing consultation to Brazil on this initiative, Goodman and the CPPR research team recently authored a chapter in a book published by the Brazilian government. The chapter presented the latest scientific research on child victims’ abilities, reactions and needs when children undergo forensic interviews or testify in court.
“It’s a great honor to be a psychology professor and the director of CPPR. Working with talented colleagues and students, contributing to science, and helping child victims in the U.S. and internationally—it’s a dream come true for me,” adds Goodman.
Gail S. Goodman, Ph.D., distinguished professor of psychology and director of the Center for Public Policy Research at the University of California, Davis, was honored by the California Psychological Association (CPA). The award, presented to Goodman at the 2010 CPA convention in Costa Mesa, recognized her for Distinguished Scientific Achievement in Psychology.