Melody S. Goodman, PhD, MS

Assistant Professor, Division of Public Health Sciences, Department of Surgery, School of Medicine
cultural competency, evidence-based strategies, health disparities, social determinants of health, community-based participatory research, prevention

Dr. Goodman’s research interest and emphasis is on identifying origins of health disparities and developing, as necessary, evidence-based primary prevention strategies to reduce these health disparities. She seeks to develop a more rigorous understanding of the social risk factors that contribute to health disparities in the St. Louis metropolitan area with the goal of developing culturally competent, region-specific solutions through collaborative activities with community members, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations and faculty at Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. Goodman has two primary lines of research: 1) a biostatistical track that conducts applied statistical research on methods for community-based cancer interventions and health disparities research; and 2) a community-based public health track that will focus on developing the infrastructure for community-based participatory research through academic community collaborations, as well as the implementation and evaluation of community-based participatory research projects to reduce health disparities.