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NASW Social Work Pioneers®
Pioneering Contributions: Dr. Catherine Goodman, professor and researcher in the School of Social Work, California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), was a community advocate for twenty-six years. Goodman produced internationally-recognized and oft-cited work about kinship care, and was recipient of the National Institutes of Health RO1 grant for her study of grandparents as parents. She won a California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) grant on kinship care, and was Co-Principal Investigator of the CalSWEC II Initiative, funded by the Archstone Foundation, to enhance the geriatric social work labor force in California. Funded by the U.S. Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, Goodman developed a multi-cultural guide for families coping with Alzheimer's disease. Additionally, she researched and wrote about Latina and Asian caregiving. She helped develop cross-cultural curriculum for the MSW program; her work influenced MSW program development at multiple universities. Goodman co-developed the university thesis and research sequence and was a caring and conscientious thesis advisor. She regularly presented to the Council on Social Work Education, the Gerontological Society of America, and the American Society of Aging, among others. Goodman created the "Helper Bank", which allows children of frail parents to donate their time in service in their own communities and bank it for their parents wherever they might live. Goodman was on the Board of Directors of Grandparents As Parents (GAP) support group program.
Career Highlights: Seeing a need to develop research in grandparent-led families where grandparents raised grandchildren, Goodman obtained funding for a study on the topic and championed the cause to provide social work solutions for this growing category of households. She devoted herself to kinship care awareness with an emphasis on elderly caregivers, and stimulated research by the international gerontology and social work communities. Goodman was an inaugural member of the faculty of the CSULB masters of social work program, and the co-developer of its research and thesis sequence. For many years running, the MSW program represented the university's largest master's thesis producer. As a result, she was a significant contributor to strengthening the credibility of the social work profession by engaging students in rigorous, original research. Amidst a lifetime of community service, she was a long-term representative to the Consortium of Social Work Educators in Gerontology (GSWEC) sponsored by Partners in Care and the Institute for the Advancement of Gerontological Social Work. She was a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. Her greatest career passion was her teaching and advisor relationship with her students. She taught human behavior, practice, and research courses and served as a thesis advisor. The walls of her school and home offices were covered with collages of her thesis students' photos.
Biographic Data: Goodman loved to travel. Her trips included Belize, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Myanmar, and Tibet, among many others. Given her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts, it is not surprising that she created many paintings, bronze cast sculptures, and illustrated a children's book. She received her bachelor's degree at UC Berkeley, then receiving her MSW and DSW from UCLA.
Significant Achievements & Awards Received: Grants: CalSWEC II Aging Initiatives: California Labor Force Development in Geriatric Social Work, Archstone Foundation ($655,147, three- years); Formal Kinship Care Versus Informal Care: Characteristics and Service Needs of Grandparent-Headed Households: Implications for Collaboration and Risk Prevention, CalSWEC (California Social Work Education Center($166,666); Grandmothers Who Parent: Family Relations and Well-Being, National Institute on Aging (AG14977), ($752,069).
Significant Publications: Damron-Rodriguez, J.A., Ranney, M., Goodman, C., Min, J.W. & Takahashi, N. (2013). The state of gerontological social work education in California. Journal of Social Work Education, 49:2, 235-249
Goodman, Catherine Chase, Marilyn Kay Potts, and Eileen Mayers Pasztor 2007.Caregiving Grandmothers with vs. without Child Welfare System Involvement: Effects of Expressed Need, Formal Services, and Informal Social Support on Caregiver Burden.Children and Youth Services Review 29:428-441.
Goodman, C. C., & Silverstein, M. (2006). Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren Ethnic and Racial Differences in Well-Being Among Custodial and Coparenting Families. Journal of Family Issues, 27(11), 1605-1626.
Goodman, C. C., & Silverstein, M. (2005). Latina grandmothers raising grandchildren: Acculturation and psychological well-being. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 60(4), 305-316.
Goodman, Catherine Chase, Marilyn Potts, Eileen Mayers Pasztor, and Dolores Scorzo 2004.Grandmothers as Kinship Caregivers: Private Arrangements Compared to Public Child Welfare Oversight." Children and Youth Services Review 26(2004):287-305.
Goodman, C. C., & Silverstein, M. (2001). Grandmothers Who Parent Their Grandchildren: An Exploratory Study of Close Relations Across Three Generations. Journal of Family Issues, 22(5), 557-578.
Goodman, C. C., & Pynoos, J. (1990). A model telephone information and support program for caregivers of Alzheimer's patients. The Gerontologist, 30(3), 399-404.