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PhD, University of Florida
Associate Professor
Counseling and Development

Contact Information

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Phone: (703) 993-5242
Fax: (703) 993-5577

George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Krug Hall 201C
4400 University Dr.
MS 1H1
Fairfax, VA 22030


Dr. Rachael D. Goodman is an Associate Professor in the Counseling and Development Program at George Mason University. Dr. Goodman’s interests focus on social justice issues in counseling, with an emphasis on trauma counseling, including historical/transgenerational trauma, systemic oppression/marginalization, immigrants and refugees, and disaster response/community outreach. Her research and clinical work has included outreach and trauma counseling among marginalized populations, particularly in communities that have experienced oppression or natural/human-made disaster.

Dr. Goodman’s past research has focused on how outreach experiences contribute to the development of critical consciousness, cultural competence, and social justice ideals among counselors, using a liberatory framework. Her work in this area led to the development of a model for training counselors to provide culturally competent disaster response counseling services. Currently, Dr. Goodman is utilizing community-based participatory research (CBPR) approaches with her colleagues, students, and community partners to understand and address the issues impacting local communities, including undocumented immigrants. Using CBPR, a research approach that seeks to work collaboratively to actualize justice and link research with action, Dr. Goodman and her colleagues focus on experiences of trauma, stress, and resilience and the links with policies and systemic issues.

Dr. Goodman has disseminated her work through peer-reviewed publications and presentations at local, national, and international conferences. Dr. Goodman served on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Mental Health Counseling (JMHC) and as the Editor for the special issue of JMHC on Trauma Counseling and Interventions. She currently serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology. She is President Elect (2016-2017) of Counselors for Social Justice, a division of the American Counseling Association.

In 2009, Dr. Goodman received the Outstanding Research Award from Chi Sigma Iota and the Daya Sandhu Multicultural Counseling Student Research Award from AMCD. She was named an Emerging Leaders Fellow by the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES) in 2010. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the District of Columbia. Dr. Goodman completed her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Florida in 2009. She also received her M.Ed. and Ed.S. degrees in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida. She has a Bachelors of Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Business Administration.


Research Interests

Social justice and multiculturalism in counseling, with a focus on

  • Trauma counseling, intergenerational trauma, and resilience
  • Immigrant and refugee women and families
  • Counselor training and development
  • Mindfulness practices in counseling and counselor training
  • Community-based participatory research (CBPR) practices and social action

Recent Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:

Goodman, R. D., Vesely, C., Letiecq, B., & Cleaveland, C. (in press). Trauma and resilience among refugee and undocumented immigrant women. Manuscript accepted for publication in the Journal of Counseling & Development, Special Section on Traumatology.

Vesely, C., Letiecq, B., & Goodman, R. D. (in press). Immigrant family resilience in context: Using a community-based approach to build a new conceptual model. Manuscript accepted for publication in the Journal of Family Theory & Review.


Reid-Marks, L., West-Olatunji, C., & Goodman, R. D. (2016). A pilot study evaluating the Parent Proficiencies Questionnaire for African American parents (PPQ-AA). Urban Education Research and Policy Annuals, 4(1), 99-109.

Frazier, K. N., & Goodman, R. D. (2015). Traumatic stress and educational hegemony: A multi-level model to promote wellness and achievement among socially marginalized students. The Practitioner Scholar: Journal of Counseling and Professional Psychology, 4(1). Retrieved from

Williams, J., McMahon, H. G., & Goodman, R. D. (2015). Eco-webbing: A teaching strategy to facilitate critical consciousness and agency. Counselor Education and Supervision, 54, 82-97. doi:10.1002/ceas.12006

Vesely, C. K., Goodman, R. D., *Ewaida, M., & *Kearney, K. (2015). A better life? Immigrant mothers’ experiences building economic security. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 36, 514-530. doi:10.1007/s10834-014-9422-3

Goodman, R. D., *Vilbas, J., & *Bell, R. (2014). A qualitative exploration of multicultural and social justice counseling student development through community outreach. Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice, 5, 1-10. Retrieved from

* Student co-author

Edited Book:

Goodman, R. D., & Gorski, P. (Eds.). (2014). Decolonizing “multicultural” counseling through social justice. New York, NY: Springer.