Professional Biography

Dr. Goodman has spent her substantial career combining applied psychology with teaching. At various hospitals in Washington, D.C., Oakland, CA, and Philadelphia, she carried out diagnostic evaluations with preschool children, counseled families, and directed a therapeutic-educational program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). For many years, Dr. Goodman combined her clinical work with teaching as an adjunct professor at Penn GSE. In 1994, Dr. Goodman received the Lindback Award for Outstanding Teaching. She was University Ombudsman from 2009 to 2011

Dr. Goodman has written on the challenges that preschool children with developmental disabilities present to parents, teachers, and the science of psychology. Dr. Goodman authored a book on early intervention, When Slow Is Fast Enough (1992); a novel nonverbal assessment instrument, The Goodman Lock Box; a series of videotapes (with Susan Hoban) on families raising youngsters with disabilities; and numerous articles on classification and outcomes of children with delayed development. 

Research Interests and Current Projects

Dr. Goodman serves as a consultant to parents and school-based educators interested in developing moral education programs.


Ed.D. (Counseling and Guidance) Harvard School of Education, 1963

M.Ed. (Certificate of Advanced Studies) Harvard School of Education, 1960

B.A. (Social Anthropology) Radcliffe College, 1956

Areas of Expertise

Early childhood

Moral education

School discipline and authority

Selected Publications