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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

Research Interests

  • 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
  • Research Support


    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

    2010-12 National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health     

    The Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities (PECaD)

    Role: Biostatistician

    U54 CA153460-01 Colditz (PI)


    2012-2014 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

    Effective Communication to Improve Decision Making About Health Care Plans

    Role: Biostatistician/Co-Investigator

    R21 HS020309 (Politi)

    2012-2015 National Institutes of Health
    Communication Preferences for Genome Sequencing Results in Breast Cancer Patients
    Role: Principal Investigator (MPI)/Senior BiostatisticianR01 CA168608 (Kaphingst)

    2012-2014 National Institutes of Health

    Community Research Fellows Training Program

    The Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities (PECaD) 2 year Pilot Project and 1 year administrative supplement

    Role: Principal Investigator

    U54 CA153460 (Goodman)


    2012-2015 National Institutes of Health     

    The Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities (PECaD)

    Preferred Consent Models for Secondary Uses of Biospecimens among Diverse Women (Kaphingst)

    Role: Biostatistician/Co-Investigator

    U54 CA153460 (Colditz)


    2013-2014 National Institutes of Health

    Washington University in St. Louis Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences

    An examination of breast cancer screening through treatment
    Role: Principal Investigator

    UL1 TR000448


    2014-2015 National Institutes of Health     

    Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) Center: A Multilevel Approach to Energy Balance and Cancer Across the Lifecourse

    Year 4 Developmental Project: Residential Segregation as a Driver of Obesity's Role in Cancer Survivorship and Treatment Outcomes

    Role: Principal Investigator

    U54 CA155496 Colditz (PI)


    2014-2017 US Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity W81XWH-14-1-0503  

    (PI Drake)                                                                                                                                                                    

    Effect of Diabetes and Obesity on Disparities in Prostate Cancer Outcomes


    2013-2016 Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PI Madden)

    Implementation of Patient-Centered Contraceptive Provision in Community Settings

    Role: Biostatistician


    2013-2014 Missouri Foundation for Health (PI Purnell)

    For the Sake of All: A Report on the Economic, Educational, and Health Status of African Americans in St. Louis


    2011 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections Publication Support Grant (Goodman – PI)

    An examination of the relationship between self-reported segregation experience and obesity

    2011 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections Publication Support Grant (Barnes – PI)

    The association between county health center density and maternal and infant health outcomes

    Role: Biostatistician


    2011-2013 Susan G. Komen for the Cure Washington University in St. Louis: Community Health & Outreach Grant Gehlert/Colditz (Co-PIs)

    A Community-Based Participatory Approach to Improving Breast Cancer Services for African-American Women Living in St. Louis, Missouri

    Role: Biostatistician, Evaluator

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

    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]

    Goodman MS, Griffey RT, Carpenter CR, Blanchard M, Kaphingst KA. Do Subjective Measures Improve the Ability to Identify Limited Health Literacy in a Clinical Setting? Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM. 2015; 28(5):584-94. PubMed [journal] PMID: 26355130.

    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