Gail Goodman*

Gail Goodman

Position Title
Distinguished Professor of Psychology


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 Accomplishments

Children’s Eyewitness Memory and Suggestibility: The Role of Familiarity
National Science Foundation
G. S. Goodman, Principal Investigator

San Diego County and New Alternatives Inc.
G. S. Goodman, Principal Investigator

RAPID: Trust and Legal Socialization During the COVID-19 Pandemic
National Science Foundation
G. S. Goodman, Principal Investigator


Selected Publications 

Goldfarb, D., Goodman, G. S., Larson, R. P., Eisen, M. L., & Qin, J. (2019). Long-term memory in 
adults exposed to childhood violence: Remembering genital contact nearly 20 years later. 
Clinical Psychological Science, 7, 381-396. 

Prohilo, S., Goldfarb, D., Shestowsky, D., Sampana, J., Williams, L., & Goodman, G. S. (2018). Parental alienation and child sexual abuse. Journal of Child Custody, 15, 302-329.

Goodman, G. S., Gonzalves, L., & Wolpe, S. (2019). False memory and true memory of childhood 
trauma: Balancing the risks. Clinical Psychological Science. 7, 29-31.

Gershoff, E. T., Goodman, G. S., Miller-Perrin, C., Holden, G., Jackson, Y., & Kazdin, A. (2019). There is still no evidence that physical punishment is effective or beneficial. American Psychologist, 74, 503-505. 

Goodman, G. S., & Bottoms, B. L. (2019). Karen Jill Saywitz (1956-2018). American Psychologist, 74, 515.

Goldfarb, D., Tashjian, S. D., Goodman, G. S., Bederian-Gardner, D., Hobbs, S. D., Cordón, I. M., Ogle, C. M., Bakanosky, S., Narr, R. K., Chae, Y., and the NYTD/CYTD Research Group. (2019). After child maltreatment: The importance of voice for youth in foster care. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Hobbs, S. D., Bederian-Gardner, D., Ogle, C. M., Goodman, G. S., Cordon, I. M., Chong, J. and the NYTD-CYTD Research Group. (2019). Psychological security in at-risk youth: Attachment, emotion regulation, and PTSD symptom severity. International Journal on Child Maltreatment, 2, 17-36.

Eisen, M. L., Goodman, G. S., Diep, J., Lacsamana, M., Olomi, J., Goldfarb, D., & Quas, J. A. (2019). Effects of interviewer support on the memory and suggestibility of maltreated and at-risk children. International Journal on Child Maltreatment, 2, 55-78.

Alley, D., Silberkleit, G., Bederian-Gardner, D., & Goodman, G. S. (2019). Race-based stereotypes influence ratings of child victims in sexual abuse cases. International Journal on Child Maltreatment, 2, 287-308.

McWilliams, K., & Goodman, G. S. (2019). Parental bias, parent-child discussion, and children’s eyewitness reports. International Journal on Child Maltreatment, 2, 219-237.

Goldfarb, D., Priolo-Filho, S., Sampana, J., Shestowsky, D., Wolpe, S., Williams, L., & Goodman, G. S. (2019).  International comparison of family court professionals’ perceptions of parental alienation and child sexual abuse allegations.  International Journal on Child Maltreatment, 2, 323-341.

Goodman, G. S., & Wolpe, S. (Eds.). (2019). Child witness research in a rights-conscious era. International Journal on Child Maltreatment, 2, 211-355.

Wolpe, S., & Goodman, G. S. (2019). Child witness research and children’s rights. International Journal on Child Maltreatment, 2, 211-217. 

Goldfarb, D., Goodman, G. S., Gonzalves, L., Gonzalez, A., Wang, Y., Wu, Y., & Vidales, D. (in press). Long-term memory for child sexual abuse. In M. Miller & B. Bornstein (Eds.), Advances in Psychology and Law. New York, NY: Springer.

Goodman, G. S., Harris, L. S., Goldfarb, D., & Wang, Y. (in press). Children, race, psychology, and law: We have no time to lose. In M. Stevenson, B. L. Bottoms, & K. Burke (Eds.), The legacy of racism for children: Psychology, public policy, and law. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Wu, Y., Grandchamp, J., & Goodman, G. S. (in press). Child maltreatment and eyewitness memory. In R. Roesch (Ed.), Routledge encyclopedia of psychology in the real world. New York, NY: Routledge. 

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.