Geoff Goodman

Geoffrey Goodman

Associate Professor of Psychology and Spiritual Care


PhD, Northwestern University, 1991
MA, Columbia University, 1986
BS, MIT, 1983


Dr. Geoff Goodman is professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University School of Medicine and associate professor of psychology and spiritual care at Candler. From 1999 to 2022, Goodman was associate professor of psychology in the Long Island University (LIU) Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, New York. He is also a licensed clinical and certified school psychologist with 30 years of experience in private practice in Lynbrook, New York, treating children and adolescents as well as adults, and a senior fellow at the College of Research Fellows of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA).

Goodman is the author of many articles on the development of psychopathology and psychotherapy process in high-risk infants, children, and adults, and has presented internationally at conferences and workshops in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, England, France, Greece, Israel, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Uganda, and the U.S.

He published The Internal World and Attachment (The Analytic Press) in 2002, and three more books in 2010: Transforming the Internal World and Attachment (Vols. 1 and 2; Jason Aronson) and Therapeutic Attachment Relationships (Jason Aronson).  In 2006, Long Island University awarded Dr. Goodman the Trustees Award for Scholarly Achievement for his first book, and in 2016, he received the Phi Delta Kappa Lifetime Research Award and the David Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2013 and 2014, Dr. Goodman published two more books:  Rural Community Libraries in Africa:  Challenges and Impacts (with wife Valeda F. Dent & Michael Kevane; IGI Global) and his first children’s book, Daddy’s Secret Cedar Chest (Tate Publishing). A second children’s book, Junk in the Trunk, was published in 2022.

In 2013, Goodman was awarded the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship by the U.S. Department of State and spent eight months in 2014 establishing and evaluating a play-based intervention program to facilitate the development of school readiness skills in preschool children in two rural village libraries in Uganda. He has taken seven students to Uganda, two of whom completed doctoral dissertations based on data they collected there.

Goodman is the former coordinator of the Long Island University Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program Applied Child Research Team; the former chair of the Child, Adolescent, and Family Therapy Research (CAFTR) Special Interest Group of the international Society for Psychotherapy Research; and co-founder and co-director of the Rural Village Libraries Research Network. He is the former director of the Long Island University Children’s Institute for Play Therapy and Research (CIPTAR) and the former director of the Norbert Freedman Center for Psychoanalytic Research at IPTAR, serving on its board of directors. Goodman is also the former faculty advisor of The Participant-Observer, the LIU doctoral student newsletter.


Junk in the Trunk, Walker Inspirations, 2022


Co-author, “Gender, attachment patterns, and mental representations of parents and self as predictors of young adolescents’ trauma symptoms,” Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy (in press)

Co-author, “Psychotherapy process research in Regulation Focused Psychotherapy for Children,” Journal of Psychotherapy Integration (in press)

Co-author, “Expert clinicians’ prototypes of an adolescent treatment: Common and unique factors among four treatment models,” Psychotherapy Research, 32, 2022

“Child and adolescent psychodynamic therapy: Using Q-methodology in process research,” Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 75, 2022

Co-author, “Rural community libraries in Uganda: Impact and outcomes,” Literacy and reading programmes for children and young people: Case studies from around the globe: Vol. 2, Apple Academic Press, 2022

Co-author, “Drawings from a play-based intervention: Windows to the soul of rural Ugandan preschool children’s artistic development,” The Arts in Psychotherapy, 77, 2022

Co-author, “Psychotherapy process in Regulation Focused Psychotherapy for Children,” The Integrative Therapist, 8, 2022

In the media

August 30, 2023

‘A Story Grows in Uganda’ combines storytelling traditions, shows that literacy research flourishes at Emory

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