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Faculty Honored by Campus Peers for Research, Teaching Excellence

Professor of Psychology Gail Goodman selected for Academic Senate’s highest award.

Seven College of Letters and Science faculty are among 16 UC Davis scholars honored by the Academic Senate and Academic Federation this year.

The Academic Senate’s highest honor, the Faculty Distinguished Research Award, goes to Gail Goodman, distinguished professor of psychology. The celebration surrounding the awards, which honor teaching, research and public service, will again look different this year due to COVID-19, as there will be neither an awards reception nor lecture given by Goodman, as is tradition for the top award recipient.  

Six faculty in the college were recognized for their teaching excellence. Read more about their impressive accomplishments below.

Academic Senate

Faculty Distinguished Research Award

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Gail Goodman

Gail Goodman, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology, has made foundational contributions to the fields of developmental, cognitive and clinical psychology. Her research spans multiple topics, including:

  • Memory in children and adults with histories of maltreatment.
  • True and false memory for traumatic childhood events.
  • Eyewitness testimony and forensic interviewing.
  • Foster care experiences.
  • Developmental psychopathology.
  • Trust in government.

Her discoveries have led to the current core knowledge regarding child witnesses and their capabilities and needs. Her work has also informed governments and influenced laws and legal practices in a number of countries, and has shaped best practices in child protection, and child and youth well-being. Goodman’s research is often cited in courts of law and was cited pivotally in the U.S. Supreme Court's majority opinion in Maryland v. Craig (1990), which upheld a state law allowing child abuse victims in certain circumstances to testify via one-way closed-circuit television.

Distinguished Teaching Awards: Undergraduate

Distinguished Teaching Awards: Graduate and Professional

Academic Federation

Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

— Adapted from an article in Dateline UC Davis

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