Dr. Michael Goodman is a 2004 graduate of Campbell University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy before receiving his Master in Divinity from the Chandler School of Divinity at Emory University, and his Master and Doctorate in Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center. Goodman has a storied career at the University of Texas Medical Branch where he served as a postdoctoral fellow and instructor, and now as assistant professor. He also serves as their Global health program site director for Maua, Kenya.
Goodman is widely recognized for his research in strengthening health systems to improve HIV treatment, the effects of adverse childhood experiences on population health, causes of family and community violence, and conducting community-based interventions to improve the welfare of vulnerable children and families in sub-Saharan Africa. Goodman is the founding president and executive director of Sodzo International, a non-government organization in Meru County, Kenya that seeks to improve the lives of children, their families, and communities.
Over the course of his career, Goodman has authored an impressive list of scholarly publications in several well-regarded academic journals. He is a reviewer for multiple health journals as well as an academic/review editor for the International Journal of Public Health and PLOS One Scientific Journal.
Goodman resides in Texas with his wife, Dr. Lauren Raimer-Goodman and two children, Lilly (10) and Jude (8).