"There are no children here" Trauma and memory in children exposed to violence

Honorary Doctorate Open Lecture by Distinguished Professor of Psychology Dr. Gail Goodman.

Professor Goodman’s research started an international movement for society and scientists to join hands in answering critically important questions about childhood victimization: How accurate are children’s disclosures and memories of past traumatic incidents, such as child sexual abuse? How suggestible are children when asked about abusive experiences? What are the emotional effects on children of legal involvement? After many years - perhaps even decades - have passed, how accurately can adults remember traumas experienced in childhood?

Answers to these questions are vital for societies’ efforts to protect children from trauma and maltreatment, while at the same time protecting innocent adults from false accusations.

In Dr. Goodman’s Open Lecture, she will discuss her research in the scientific quest to answer such questions. Theoretical and applied implications will be discussed, and the importance of this research will be exemplified through case examples of children and adults exposed to childhood violence.


Dr. Gail Goodman
Dr. Gail Goodman at the University of California, Davis.

Dr. Gail S. Goodman (PhD, UCLA, 1977) is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Davis.

Her research concerns such topics as children’s and adults’ eyewitness memory, child maltreatment, forensic interviewing, victimization, legal involvement, and trauma and memory.

She has served as President of several divisions of the American Psychological Association (e.g., Developmental Psychology, American Psychology-Law Society, Child and Family Policy and Practice).

She is internationally known for her research on victims and witnesses, which has been cited multiple times by the U.S. Supreme Court. Dr. Goodman has published widely and received numerous national awards and grants for her research and writings.

She previously served as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Oslo.

Published July 4, 2017 4:11 PM - Last modified Apr. 3, 2018 2:24 PM