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Human Development Graduate Group

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    Gail S. Goodman

    Distinguished Professor of Psychology
    At UCD since: 1992
    Interests: Cognitive, Social-Emotional, Health & Mental Health, Government/Social Policy
    Life Phases: Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, Adolescence, Emerging Adulthood, Adulthood

  • Research Interests
    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 of testifying in court. She is also currently studying the effects of child abuse on emotional adjustment / psychopathology.

    Selected Publications

    Quas,  J. A., & Goodman, G. S. (2012). Child victims in court:  Emotional and attitudinal outcomes. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 18, 392-414.

    McWilliams, K., Bederian-Gardner, D., Hobbs, S. D., Bakanosky, S., & Goodman, G. S. (2012). Children’s eyewitness memory and suggestibility:  Revisiting Ceci and Bruck’s review. In A. Slater & P. Quinn (Eds.), Developmental psychology: Revisiting the classic studies (pp. 101-117).  London: Sage.

    Paz-Alonso, P., Ogle, C. M., & Goodman, G. S. (2013). Children’s memory and testimony in “scientific case studies” of child sexual abuse: A review. In M. Ternes, D. Griesel, & B. Cooper (Eds.), Applied issues in investigative interviewing, eyewitness memory, and credibility assessment (pp. 143-172). New York, NY: Springer.

    Cordon, I. M., Melinder, A. M. D., Goodman, G. S., & Edelstein, R. S. (2013). Children’s and adults’ memory for emotional pictures: Examining age-related patterns using the developmental affective photo system. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 114(2), 339-356.

    Melinder, A., Baugerud, G. A., Ovenstad, K. S., & Goodman, G. S. (2013). Children's memories of removal: A test of attachment theory. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 26(1), 125-133. doi: 

    McWilliams, K., Narr, R., Goodman, G. S., Mendoza, M., & Ruiz, S. (2013). Children’s memory for their mother’s murder: Accuracy, suggestibility, and resistance to suggestion. Memory, 21, 591-598.

    Goodman, G. S., Ogle, C. M., McWilliams, K., Narr, R., & Paz-Alonso, K. (2014). Memory development in the forensic context. In P. Bauer & R. Fivush (Eds.), Handbook on the development of children’s memory (pp.920-942). New York, NY: Wiley-Blackwell.

    McWilliams, K., Goodman, G. S., Lyons, K. E., Newton, J., & Avila-Mora, E. (2014). Memory for child sexual abuse information: Simulated memory error and individual differences. Memory & Cognition,42, 151-163.

    Chae, Y., Goodman, G. S., Larsen, R., Augusti, E-M., Alley, D., VanMeenen, K., Culver, M., & Coulter, K. P. (2014). Children’s memory for distressing events: The role of children’s and parents’ attachment. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 123, 90-111.

    Goodman, G. S., Goldfarb, D. A., Quas, J. A., Narr, R. K., Milojevich, H., & Cordon, I. M.. (in press). Memory development, emotion regulation, and trauma-related psychopathology. In D. Cicchetti (Ed.), Developmental psychopathology. NY: Wiley.

    Schaaf, J. M., Bederian-Gardner, D., & Goodman, G. S. (in press). Gating out misinformation: Can young children follow instructions to ignore false information? Behavioral Sciences & the Law.