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Children's Reactions to Legal Involvement and Foster Care

Gail Goodman, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, UC Davis
Dec 03, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-800)
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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Children's Reactions to Legal
Involvement and Foster Care
Gail Goodman
Distinguished Professor of Psychology
University of California, Davis

California has the largest foster care system in the United States. What can be done to understand and improve the experience of foster care? To answer that question, Dr. Goodman will discuss her research on such topics as foster youth's reactions to removal from home, legal involvement, and placement decisions. Policy implications will be discussed.

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 children’s and adults’ eyewitness memory and testimony, child maltreatment, foster care, trauma and memory, forensic interviewing, jury decision making, and child victims in the legal system. She currently enjoys funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Justice to examine techniques to access accurate long-term memories of traumatic life events. With doctoral students and colleagues, she is also currently examining children’s secret keeping, lying, autism and memory, sexual trafficking, and racial stereotyping of victims. She has received many awards for her research and writings, including the Distinguished Contributions to
Psychology and Law Award from the American Psychology-Law Society, the James McKeen Cattell Award for Lifetime Contributions to Applied Psychological Research from the Association for Psychological Science, the Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contributions to Developmental Psychology, and two Distinguished Contributions awards from the American Psychological Association (APA). Dr. Goodman has served as President of Division 7 (Developmental Psychology), Division 37 (Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice), Division 37’s Section on Child Maltreatment, and Division 41 (American Psychology-Law Society) of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Goodman has published widely and has received many federal, state, and foundation grants, and state contracts. Her research has been cited in U.S. Supreme Court decisions. She serves as a Consultant to the Special Assault Forensic Evaluation Center, Child Protective Services in Sacramento. She is a fellow of many professional organizations, including the Association for Psychological Science and the American Psychological Association. 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 previously served on the faculties 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


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