Rachael Goodman

Rachael Goodman

Rachael Goodman

Associate Professor

Trauma counseling, intergenerational trauma, and resilience Immigrant and refugee women and families Counselor training and development Mindfulness practices in counseling and counselor training Community-based participatory research (CBPR) practices and social action

Dr. Rachael D. Goodman is an Assistant Professor in the Counseling and Development Program at George Mason University. Dr. Goodmans interests focus on social justice issues in counseling, with an emphasis on trauma counseling, including historical/transgenerational trauma, systemic oppression/marginalization, immigrants and refugees, and disaster response/community outreach. Her research and clinical work has included outreach and trauma counseling among marginalized populations, particularly in communities that have experienced oppression or natural/human-made disaster. Currently, Dr. Goodman is conducting research on the experiences of immigrant activists, including the development of critical consciousness and social action. She is also conducting research on transgenerational trauma and resilience among immigrant and refugee children and families.

Dr. Goodman’s past research has focused on how outreach experiences contribute to the development of critical consciousness, cultural competence, and social justice ideals among counselors, using a liberatory framework. Her work in this area led to the development of a model for training counselors to provide culturally competent disaster response counseling services. Dr. Goodman’s counseling outreach experiences include:

  • Clinical coordinator of outreach trip to post-Katrina New Orleans (2006) and South Africa and Botswana (2007 & 2009) under the auspices of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD).
  • Coordinator of outreach trip to the Haitian and Haitian American community in Florida that had been impacted by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, which she facilitated as President of the Florida Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (FAMCD).
  • Consultant and supervisor for several community outreach projects in the DC-Northern Virginia area, including Fairfax Partnership for Youth and Gum Springs community organizations (2010 to present).
  • Co-coordinator of the 2013 AMCD & Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ) Service Day prior to the American Counseling Association conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Co-coordinator of the Counselors Without Borders (CWB) trip to Oglala Sioux Tribe of Pine Ridge Reservation, SD (July 2013).

Dr. Goodman has disseminated her work through peer-reviewed publications and presentations at local, national, and international conferences. In 2009, Dr. Goodman received the Outstanding Research Award from Chi Sigma Iota and the Daya Sandhu Multicultural Counseling Student Research Award from AMCD. She was named an Emerging Leaders Fellow by the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES) in 2010. Dr. Goodman serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Mental Health Counseling (JMHC). She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the District of Columbia.

Dr. Goodman completed her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Florida in 2009. She also received her M.Ed. and Ed.S. degrees in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida. She has a Bachelors of Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Business Administration.


Selected Publications

razier, K. N., & Goodman, R. D. (2015). Traumatic stress and educational hegemony: A social justice perspective to promote wellness and achievement among socially marginalized students. The Practitioner Scholar: Journal of Counseling and Professional Psychology, 4(1). Retrieved from https://www.thepractitionerscholar.com/article/view/13400

Williams, J., McMahon, H. G., & Goodman, R. D. (2015). Eco-webbing: A teaching strategy to facilitate critical consciousness and agency. Counselor Education and Supervision, 54, 82-97. doi:10.1002/ceas.12006

Goodman, R. D., *Vilbas, J., & *Bell, R. (2014). A qualitative exploration of multicultural and social justice counseling student development through community outreach. Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice, 5, 1-10. Retrieved from http://www.gjcpp.org

West-Olatunji, C. *Jean-Paul, N., Shure, L., Goodman, R. D., & Lewis, D. (2014). Culture-centered research and counselor efficacy. Turkish Psychological Counseling and Guidance Journal, 5, 129-137.

Goodman, R. D., Calderon, A. M., & Tate, K. A. (2014). Liberation-focused community outreach: A qualitative exploration of peer group supervision during disaster response. Journal of Community Psychology, 42, 228-236. doi:10.1002/jcop.21606

Vesely, C. K., Goodman, R. D., *Ewaida, M., & *Kearney, K. (2014). A better life? Immigrant mothers’ experiences building economic security. Journal of Family and Economic Issues. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s10834-014-9422-3

Cholewa, B., Goodman, R. D., West-Olatunji, C. A., & Amatea, E. (2014). A qualitative examination of the impact of culturally responsive educational practices on the psychological well-being of students of color. The Urban Review. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11256-014-0272-y

Vesely, C., Goodman, R. D., & *Spurlock, S. (2014). Turning points and transitions: The role of family in women’s immigration experiences. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 5, 308-331.

Goodman, R. D. (2013). The Transgenerational Trauma and Resilience Genogram. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 26, 386-405. doi:10.1080/09515070.2013.820172

Goodman, R. D., & Calderon, A. (2012). The use of mindfulness in trauma counseling. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 34, 254-268.

Goodman, R. D., Miller, M. D., & West-Olatunji, C. A. (2012). Traumatic stress, socioeconomic status, and academic achievement and among primary school students. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 4, 252-259. doi:10.1037/a0024912

Gorski, P. C., & Goodman, R. D. (2011). Is there a hierarchy of oppression in U.S. multicultural teacher education coursework? Action in Teacher Education, 33, 455-475.

West-Olatunji, C., Goodman, R. D., *Mehta, S., & *Templeton, L. (2011). Creating cultural competence: An outreach immersion experience in southern Africa.International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 33, 335-346.

West-Olatunji, C. A., & Goodman, R. D. (2011). Entering communities: Social justice-oriented disaster response counseling. Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education, and Development, 50, 172-182.

West-Olatunji, C., Goodman, R. D., & Shure, L. (2011). Use of multicultural supervision with school counselors to enhance cultural competence. Journal of School Counseling, 9(16). jsc.montana.edu/articles/v9n16.pdf

Goodman, R. D., & West-Olatunji, C. A. (2010). Educational hegemony, traumatic stress, and African American and Latino American students. Journal of Multicultural Counseling & Development, 38, 176-186. doi:10.1002/j.2161-1912.2010.tb00125.x

Goodman, R. D., & West-Olatunji, C. A. (2009). Applying critical consciousness: Culturally competent disaster response outcomes. Journal of Counseling & Development, 87, 458-465. doi:10.1002/j.1556-6678.2009.tb00130.x

Shure, L., West-Olatunji, C. A., & Goodman, R. D. (2009). Use of reflection and experiential learning to enhance advocacy skills and critical consciousness in a community counseling course. Graduate Research Journal, 1. Retrieved from http://grjsite.com/attachments/article/20/Comm_Sett_2009_04_14.pdf

Goodman, R. D., & West-Olatunji, C. A. (2009). Engaging students in outreach as an extension of advocacy to achieve praxis. Journal for Civic Commitment, 12. Retrieved from http://www.mc.maricopa.edu/other/engagement/Journal/Issue12/Goodman.shtml

Goodman, R. D., & West-Olatunji, C. A. (2009). Traumatic stress, systemic oppression, and resilience in post-Katrina New Orleans. Spaces for Difference: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 1, 80-97. Retrieved from http://repositories.cdlib.org/ucsb_ed/spaces/vol1/iss2/art5.

Frazier, K. N., West-Olatunji, C., St Juste, S., & Goodman, R. D. (2009). Transgenerational trauma and CSA: Reconceptualizing cases involving young survivors of child sexual abuse. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 31, 22-33. doi:10.17744/mehc.31.1.u72580m253524811

Goodman, R. D., & West-Olatunji, C. A. (2008). Transgenerational trauma and resilience: Improving mental health counseling for survivors on Hurricane Katrina. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 30, 121-136. doi:10.17744/mehc.30.2.q52260n242204r84