Department of Psychology
Sherryl Goodman received her doctorate in psychology (clinical) in 1978 from the University of Waterloo under the mentorship of Donald Meichenbaum, one of the founders of cognitive-behavioral therapy. She is a professor in the Department of Psychology with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Her research interests, grounded in the field of developmental psychopathology, primarily concern the mechanisms by which mothers with depression may transmit psychopathology to their children. She is currently directing research on maternal depression as an early life stressor for infants, vulnerabilities to depression in preschool-aged children of depressed mothers, the development of a measure for children’s perceptions of parental sadness, women’s narratives on their experiences of parenting with depression, and the development of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy interventions to prevent perinatal depression among women who have been depressed prior to the pregnancy. Her work is dedicated to the integration of science and practice in the field of clinical psychology.