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Melody S. Goodman, MS, PhD

Assistant Professor of Surgery

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Graduate School

PhD in Biostatistics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 2006

NIH Minority Predoctoral Fellowship, 2002-06

Master of Science, Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, 2003

Initiative for Minority Student Development (IMSD) Predoctoral Fellowship
National Institute of Health Fellowship, 2001-2002

Honors and Awards

2010 National Coaliton of 100 Black Women, Inc. - Suffolk County Chapter, Suffolk County, NY

2008 The President’s Award for Excellence in Team Achievement, Stony Brook University SARAS Team

2007 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major Leadership Award, Amityville, NY

2002, 2004, 2005, Distinction in Teaching Award, Department of Biostatistics, HSPH

1999 Provost Award for Academic Excellence, SUNY at Stony Brook

1995 New York State Assembly Citation, Commitment to Academic Excellence

Research Interests


2007-09 National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institute of Health
Beliefs about Hereditability of Disease and Health Behaviors among Community Health Center Patients
Role: Project Director/Investigator, Sub-contract

2009-10 National Human Genome Research, National Institutes of Health
Reactions to Messages about Hereditability of Disease among Community Health Center Patients
Role: Project Director/Investigator, sub-contract

2008-11 Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development/National Institute of Health Community Alliance for Research Empowering Social Change (C.A.R.E.S.)
Role: Principal Investigator

2007-10 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections Research & Coaching Clinic
American Public Health Association Annual Research MeetingTravel Stipend

2010-11 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Seeking strategies to solve problems of obesity and mental and sexual health affecting young black girls
Role: Project Director

2010-11 Verizon Foundation
Think Tank for African American Progress – Long Island
Role: Project Director

2010-11 Long Island Unitarian Universalists Fund
Long Island Community Foundation
Think Tank for African American Progress – Long Island
Role: Project Director

2010 Susan G. Komen for the Cure NYC Affiliate
Witness Project of Long Island Small Grant Travel Scholarship
Role: Project Director

2008-09 Stony Brook University Presidential Mini-Grants for Innovative Teaching
Two Innovative Teaching Projects
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

2008-09 Long Island Community Foundation
Suffolk County Minority Health Action Coalition
Role: Project Director

2007-08 Stony Brook University Seed Grants for Survey Research
Community Level Behavioral Risk Factor Study to Examine and Address Health Disparities in the Town of Wyandanch, NY
Role: Principal Investigator

2007-08 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections Initiative
Using National Data to Obtain Local Health Disparity Estimates
Role: Principal Investigator

  • Statistical methods to analyze data from community-based cancer interventions and health disparities research

  • Examination of social, lifestyle and behavioral risk factors that contribute to racial and ethnic disparities in preventable and manageable chronic illness

  • Developing evidence-based, culturally competent, community-based interventions that reduce the risk of preventable disease in vulnerable populations

  • Community-based participatory research theory, practice and implementation

  • Forging community-campus partnerships through community organizing and coalition building

Contact Information

660 S. Euclid Avenue
Campus Box 8100
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 362-1183 

Selected Publications

Dr. Goodman's full publication list on ResearchGate

Selected Publications:

Melody Goodman. Comparison of Small-Area Analysis Techniques for Estimating Prevalence by Race. Preventing Chronic Disease 2010;7(2):A33. [PMCID: PMC2831787]

Melody Goodman, Janice Johnson Dias, and Jewel Stafford. Increasing Research Literacy in Minority Communities: CARES Fellows Training Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics 2010; 5(4) 33-41 [PMCID: PMC3177406]

Melody S. Goodman, Yi Li, and Ram C. Tiwari; Detecting Multiple Change Points in Piecewise Constant Survival Functions.  Journal of Applied Statistics 2011; 38(11) 2523-2532 [PMCID: PMC3374653]

Goodman MS, Li Y. Nonparametric Diagnostic Test for Conditional Logistic Regression. J Biomet Biostat 2012;3:136. doi:10.4172/2155-6180.1000136 [PMCID: PMC3712506]

Melody S. Goodman, Darrell J. Gaskin, Xuemei Si, Jewel D. Stafford, Christina Lachance, Kimberly Kaphingst; Self-reported segregation experience throughout the life course and its association with adequate health literacy. Health & Place 2012 Sep; (18)5:1115-1121, DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2012.04.010. [PMCID: PMC3418469]

Melody Goodman, Xuemei Si, Jewel Stafford, Adesuwa Obasohan, Cheryl Mchunguzi; Quantitative Assessment of Participant Knowledge and Evaluation of Participant Satisfaction in the CARES Training Program. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education and Action 2012; 6(3):359-366

Bertha Hidalgo and Melody Goodman; Multivariate or Multivariable Regression? American Journal of Public Health DOI 10.2105/AJPH.2012.300897 2013; 103(1):39-40 [PMCID: PMC3518362]

Graham A. Colditz, Lucy D’Agostino McGowan, Aimee James, Kari Bohlke, Melody Goodman. Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Using Data to Set Prevention Priorities. Cancer Causes and Control. 2014: 25(1): 93-98. [PMCID: PMC3888950]

Melody Goodman, Maria Gonzalez, Sandra Gil, Xuemei Si, Judith Pashoukos, Jewel Stafford, Elsa Ford, Dennis Pashoukos.  Brentwood Community Healthcare Assessment Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education and Action 2014; 8(1): 29-39 [PMCID: PMC4394008]

Naa Oyo A. Kwate, Melody S. Goodman. An empirical analysis of White privilege, social position and health. Social Science & Medicine 2014; 116: 150-160 [PMCID: PMC4157125]

Oluwadamilola M. Fayanju, Susan Kraenzle, Bettina F. Drake, Masayoshi Oka, Melody S. Goodman. Perceived Barriers to Mammography among Underserved Women in a Breast Health Center Outreach Program. American Journal Surgery 2014; 208(3): 425-434 [PMCID: PMC4135000]

Ying Lui, Graham Colditz, Sarah Gehlert, Melody Goodman. Racial Disparities in Risk of Second Breast Tumors after Ductal Carcinoma in Situ. Breast Cancer Research & Treatment. 2014; 148(1):163-173

Kimberly A. Kaphingst, Jewel D. Stafford, Lucy D’Agostino McGowan, Joann Seo, Christina R. Lachance, Melody S. Goodman. Responses to genomic information by race/ethnicity in a medically underserved population. Health Psychology 2014; 95(2):218-25

Jacquelyn V. Coats, Jewel D. Stafford, Vetta Sanders Thompson, Bethany Johnson Javois, Melody S. Goodman. Increasing Research Literacy: The Community Research Fellows Training. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics 2015; 10(1):3-12

Naa Oyo A. Kwate, Melody S. Goodman. Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Effects of Racism on Mental Health Among Residents of Black Neighborhoods in New York City. American Journal of Public Health 2015; 105(4): 711-178. [PMCID: PMC4358177]

Dr. Goodman's publications on PubMed

Editorial Positions

2008- Biostatistics Reviewer, Journal of Clinical Oncology
2009- Reviewer, Preventing Chronic Disease
2009- Reviewer, Ethnicity & Disease
2010 Reviewer, Lifetime Data Analysis
2010 Reviewer, Journal of Gerontology in Social Sciences