Local native receives Fulbright Scholarship

Dr. Geoffrey David Goodman of Forest Hills, N.Y., son of Carol S. Goodman, of Williamsport, and the late G. David Goodman, and a 1979 graduate of Williamsport Area High School, and his wife, Dr. Valeda Frances Dent, have both been awarded the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship by the U. S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which they will use to continue their literary acquisition research on Ugandan preschool children and their caregivers and to teach at Uganda Martyrs University.

They will be living in rural Uganda for eight months from January of 2014 to August of 2014 to complete this research.

Around the world in developed as well as developing countries, libraries play an important role in the dissemination of knowledge. The availability of information resources often can mean the difference between poverty and prosperity, particularly in underdeveloped African communities.

Goodman is associate professor of psychology at Long Island University. He also is a licensed clinical and school psychologist treating children and adolescents as well as adults.

Goodman received a bachelor’s degree from M.I.T. in 1983, a master’s degree in developmental psychology from Columbia University in 1986 and a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Northwestern University in 1991.

Goodman is the author of many articles on the development of psychopathology in high-risk infants, children, and adults.

He has published five books, four dealing with attachment relationships, the fifth, a children’s book, “Daddy’s Secret Cedar Chest,” which recently was published.

On May 5 Goodman graduated from the Contemporary Freudian Society and Psychoanalytic Institute, N.Y., with a certificate in child and adolescent psychoanalysis. He also has a certificate in adult psychoanalysis.

On May 19, Goodman won the Linda Neuwirth Memorial Paper Award from the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research for his paper, “Encopresis Happens: Theoretical and Treatment Considerations from an Attachment Perspective.” Goodman also has a private practice in Forest Hills and New City.

Dent is dean and chief operating officer for the Long Island University Libraries in New York. She holds two master’s degrees from the University of Michigan in 1992 and 1995, and a doctorate degree in information science from Long Island University in 2012.

She also has written books and numerous articles. Dent’s longitudinal research on rural village libraries in Uganda and elsewhere in Africa have spanned more than nine years. Her latest book, “Rural Community Libraries in Africa: Challenges and Impacts,” was written with Goodman and will be published in January 2014.

On Oct. 4, Dent was presented with the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award at the University of Michigan.

On May 26, Goodman and Dent welcomed their daughter, Carlyn Chantal Dent Goodman, born at Cortland Regional Medical Center, Cortland, N.Y. On Dec. 22.