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American Psychopathological Association
American Psychological Association, Division of Health Psychology (38)
College of Problems on Drug Dependence
Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
Society of Behavioral Medicine
Depression and Anxiety
Associate Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, New York
Associated Investigator, Christchurch Health and Development Study, Christchurch, New Zealand
Associated Scientist, Institute for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Technical University-Dresden, Dresden, Germany
Our current research focuses broadly on three main areas: (1) interrelationships between mental disorders and physical health problems; (2) substance use disorders (in particular cigarette smoking, nicotine dependence and cannabis use); (3) risks factors and course of mental health problems over the life course.
Mental disorders and physical health problems: Specifically, we are interested in the relationships between asthma/allergy and mental health from the prenatal period throughout adulthood. We use longitudinal data and birth cohort studies to examine these relationships over the life course. In addition, we are currently conducting a study looking at mental health among children with food allergy and their parents. Our goal, ultimately, is to develop integrated treatments for asthma and anxiety and depression, treatments for families of children with asthma/allergy, as well as interventions for other co-occurring physical and mental health problems.
Substance use disorders: We are interested in understanding trajectories and risk factors for substance use disorders across the life course. In particular, we study the impact of individual, social and environmental exposures on the development and persistence of cigarette smoking and nicotine dependence. A major focus is the relationship between mental disorders and cigarette smoking within individuals and at a population level. We are also interested in understanding trajectories, risk factors and outcomes of cannabis use disorders over time among young persons in the community.
Mental health across the life course: We use a prospective, life course approach to study risk factors and the natural course of mood, anxiety and substance use disorders from early childhood through adulthood at the population level.
We welcome inquiries from prospective undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-docs interested in joining us in our research.
Goodwin RD, Perkonigg A, Hoefler M, Wittchen HU (in press). Mental disorders and smoking trajectories: A 10-year prospective study among adolescents and young adults in the community. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
Goodwin RD, Robinson M, McKeague I, Sly P, Susser E, Mattes E (in press). Severity of asthma and mental health outcomes: A birth cohort study. Psychological Medicine.
Goodwin RD, Galea S, Perzanowski M, Jacobi F (in press). Impact of allergy treatment on the association between allergies and mood and anxiety in a population sample. Clinical and Experimental Allergy.
Grover K, Zvolensky MJ, Lemeshow AR, Galea S, Goodwin RD (in press). Does quitting smoking during pregnancy have a long-term impact on smoking status? Drug and Alcohol Dependence 2012; 123: 110-114.
Goodwin RD, Pagura J, Lemeshow AR, Spiwak R, Sareen J. Predictors of persistent nicotine dependence among adults. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 2011; 118(2-3):127-33.
Goodwin RD, Keyes KM, Simuro N. Mental disorders and nicotine dependence among pregnant women in the United States. Obstetrics and Gynecology 2007; 109: 875-883.
Goodwin RD, Fergusson DM, Horwood LJ. Asthma and depressive and anxiety disorders among young persons in the community. Psychological Medicine, 2005;34: 1465-74.
Goodwin RD, Lieb R, Hoefler M, Bittner A, Beesdo K, Wittchen HU. Panic attack as a risk factor for severe psychopathology. American Journal of Psychiatry, 2004; 161 (12): 2207-2214.