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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

Sato Ashida, Melody Goodman, Jewel Stafford, Christina Lachance, Kimberly Kaphingst. Perceived familiarity with and importance of family health history among a medically underserved population. Journal of Community Genetics DOI 10.1007/s12687-012-0097-x (in press).

Bertha Hidalgo and Melody Goodman; Multivariate or Multivariable Regression? American Journal of Public Health (in press).

Naa Oyo A. Kwate, Melody Goodman, Jerrold Jackson and Julen Harris. Spatial and racial patterning of real estate broker listing in New York City. The Review of Black Political Economy DOI 10.1007/s12114-012-9148-0 (in press).

Kaphingst, KA, Goodman MS, Pyke OJ, Stafford JD, Lachance C. Relationship between Perceived Racial Composition and Health Literacy among Community Health Center Patients. Health Education & Behavior 2012;39(1):35-44.

Darlow S, Goodman MS, Stafford JD, Lachance CR, Kaphingst KA. Weight perceptions and perceived risk for diabetes and heart disease among overweight and obese women, Suffolk County, New York, 2008. Prev Chronic Dis 2012;9:110185. DOI.

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

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.

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.

Ashida S, Goodman M, Pandaya C. Koehly L, Lachance C, Stafford, J, Kaphingst, K. Age differences in health literacy, genetic knowledge, and beliefs about disease causation. Public Health Genomics 2011;14:307-316. 

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.

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

Gallagher, Carolyn M. and Goodman, Melody S. Hepatitis B Vaccination of Male Neonates and Autism Diagnosis, NHIS 1997-2002, Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A, 2010 73: 24, 1665 — 1677.

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.

Bertha Hidalgo and Melody Goodman. Validation of Self-Reported Measures in Health Disparities Research. Journal of Biometrics & Biostatistics 3:e114. doi:10.4172/2155- 6180.1000e114.

Melody Goodman, Yi Li, Gary Bennett, Anne Stoddard, and Karen Emmons, An Evaluation of Multiple Behavioral Risk Factors for Cancer in a Working Class, Multi-Ethnic Population. Journal of Data Science 2006 July 4:291-306.

Dr. Goodman 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