Dr. Christina Goodwin, Ph.D.

 

   

Beginning therapy and meeting a new psychologist can feel both exciting…. and sometimes overwhelming! Where do I start? What do I talk about? Will I ‘vibe’ or ‘click’ with them? What do I want from therapy?

As a licensed clinical psychologist, I take a person-centered approach to help clients feel like the best version of themselves. In a relatable, friendly, and sometimes humorous way, I explain complex psychological processes to help clients gain insight and meet their personal therapy goals.

I provide individual psychotherapy via telehealth for adults (18-60). I do not offer in-office visits

GENERAL MENTAL HEALTH AND STRESS

To help clients meet their personal goals, I incorporate various research-supported therapeutic approaches such as motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness, and short-term solution focused therapy to help adults:

  • reduce anxiety and excessive worry
  • reduce social anxiety, improve communication
  • improve self-esteem, confidence, and feelings of self-worth
  • learn strategies to cope with everyday stressors
  • overcome procrastination; cope with ADHD symptoms
  • cope with stressful life events and life transitions (e.g., transitioning to college, job or career change, divorce or break-ups, grief and loss, retirement)

HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY AND BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE

As a fellowship-trained clinical health psychologist, I can help clients with co-occurring medial conditions live a healthy life that is consistent with their personal values. To that end, I help clients:

  • make and maintain healthy behavior and lifestyle changes (such as diet, physical activity,
    tobacco cessation, and medication adherence)
  • establish a ‘new normal’ after a serious medical event or catastrophic injury
  • learn how to live alongside a chronic medical condition
  • cope with a new diagnosis of heart disease, COPD, or cancer
  • address anxiety and worry about an upcoming medical procedure
  • overcome insomnia

READINESS ASSESSMENTS FOR GENDER-AFFIRMING PROCEDURES AND SURGERIES

I am a gender-affirming provider and have worked with many adults who identify as transgender or non-binary. At Atlanta CBT, I conduct readiness assessments for gender-affirming procedures/surgeries per the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care (SOC) guidelines. Your surgeon may have casually referred to this as a “psych evaluation” or “mental health letter of support.”

Please know, my role in conducting this assessment is to confirm a gender dysphoria diagnosis (often needed for insurance purposes) and to help identify any additional logistical and emotional support you may benefit from before and after the surgery. My role is to help you have the best possible surgical outcome.

Prior to our visit, you will be asked to complete several self-report measures and to sign a release of information allowing me to share the report with your surgical team. If you are currently working with a therapist or psychiatrist, you’ll need to sign a release allowing me to confirm information with them. These assessments are typically completed in one visit.

MY AVAILABILITY

I am on Eastern Time (ET) and provide services via telehealth only:

  • Monday thru Thursday: evenings
  • Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 8:30am to 11:30am

I am fully-licensed as a psychologist in New Jersey. As a PsyPact member psychologist, I am permitted to
provide therapy via telehealth to patients in the following states: AL, AZ, AR, CO, Commonwealth of the
Northern Mariana Islands, CT, DE, District of Columbia, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, ME, MD, MI, MN, MO, NE,
NV, NH, NJ, NC, OH, OK, PA, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV, WI, & WY.

Here are more details about my professional training and experiences…

MY EXPERIENCE & TRAINING

I have practiced in a variety of clinical settings including academic medical centers, Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospitals, outpatient cardiopulmonary rehabilitation clinics, outpatient weight-management program, primary care clinics, hematology-oncology clinics, and outpatient psychology departments. In addition to clinical work, I collaborate with local researchers to develop community-based mental health studies to better understand service needs. I collaborate with international researchers to better understand the connection between mental health and cardiovascular health.

ACADEMIC TRAINING:

Fellowship in Clinical Psychology, Behavioral Medicine specialization

VA Boston Health Care System

Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology, Behavioral Medicine specialization

VA Boston Health Care System

Ph.D., Psychology; Health Psychology specialization

The Ohio State University

M.S., Clinical Science

Drexel University

B.S., Psychology

Virginia Tech

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & PROFESSIONAL SERVICE:

American Psychological Association

Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers

New Jersey Psychological Association

Committee on Legislative Affairs, New Jersey Psychological Association

SCHOLARLY PUBLICATIONS, BOOK CHAPTERS, AND PRESENTATIONS

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS:

Spatola, C.A.M., Giusti, E.M. Rapelli, G. Goodwin, C.L., Cattivelli, R., Pietrabissa, G., Malfatto, G., Facchini, M., Castelnuovo, G., Molinari, E. (2021) Cardiac-specific experiential avoidance predicts change in general psychological well-being among patients completing cardiac rehabilitation. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 13, 715 – 727. DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1111/aphw.12260

Goodwin, C.L., Driver, J.A., Shipherd, J.C., Yeterian, J.D., & Mori, D.L. (2021) Fallen Between the Cracks: Protecting Research Staff from Participant-Perpetrated Harassment. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 16, 389-395. DOI: 10.1177/15562646211028010

Bamonti, P.M., Wiener, C.H., Weiskittle, R.E., Goodwin, C.L., Silberbogen, A.K., Finer, E.B., & Moy, M.L. (2021): The Impact of Depression and Exercise Self-Efficacy on Benefits of Pulmonary Rehabilitation in Veterans with COPD, Behavioral Medicine, DOI: 10.1080/08964289.2021.1983755

Bamonti PM, Boyle JT, Goodwin CL, Wan ES, Silberbogen AK, Finer EB, Moy ML. (2021) Predictors of Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Uptake, Adherence, Completion, and Treatment Response Among Male U.S. Veterans With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. DOI: 10.1016/j.apmr.2021.10.021.

Bamonti, P.M., Moy, M.L., Goodwin, C.L., Elsen, K., Silberbogen, A. (2019) Health-related quality of life is associated with completion of pulmonary rehabilitation in older veterans with COPD. Innovation in Aging, 3, 430, 2019. DOI: 10.1093/geroni/igz038.1606.

Spatola, C.A.M., Cappella, E.A.M., Goodwin, C.L., Castelnuovo, G., Cattivelli, R., Rapelli, G., Malfatto, G., Facchini, M., Mollica, C., &; Molinari, E. (2018) Cross-Lagged relations between exercise capacity and psychological distress during cardiac rehabilitation. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 52, 963-972, 2018. DOI: 10.1093/abm/kax069.

Goodwin, C.L. & Emery, C.F. (2016). Lower experiential avoidance is associated with psychological well-being and improved cardiopulmonary endurance among patients in cardiac rehabilitation. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, 36, 438-444, 2016. DOI: 10.1097/HCR0000000000000182.

Spatola, C.A.M., Cappella, E.A.M., Goodwin, C L., Baruffi, M., Malfatto, G., Facchini, M., Catelnuovo, G., Manzoni, G.M., &; Molinari, E. (2014). Development and validation of the Italian cardiovascular disease acceptance and action questionnaire (CVD-AAQ). Frontiers in Psychology: Psychology in Clinical Settings, 5, 1284 – 1294, 2014. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01284.

Spatola, C. A. M., Manzoni, G. M., Castelnuovo, G., Malfatto, G., Facchini, M., Goodwin, C. L., Baruffi, M., & Molinari, E. (2014). The Act-on-Heart study: rationale and design of a randomized controlled clinical trial comparing a brief intervention based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to usual secondary prevention care of coronary heart disease. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 22, 2014. DOI:10.1186/1477-7525-12-22.

Yuen, E. K., Herbert, J. D., Forman, E. M., Goetter, E. M., Juarascio, A. S., Rabin, S.J., Goodwin, C.L., &; Bouchard, S. Acceptance based behavior therapy for social anxiety disorder through videoconferencing. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 27, 389-397, 2013. DOI: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2013.03.002.

Goodwin, C.L., Forman, E.M., Herbert, J.D., Butryn, M.L. &; Ledley, G.S. A pilot study examining the initial effectiveness of a brief acceptance based behavior therapy for modifying diet and physical activity in a cardiac population. Behavior Modification, 36, 199-217, 2012. DOI: n10.1177/0145445511427770.

Juarascio, A. S., Forman, E. M., Timko, A., Butryn, M.L. &; Goodwin, C.L. The development and validation of the Food Craving Acceptance and Action Questionnaire (FAAQ). Eating Behaviors, 12, 182-187, 2011. DOI: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2011.04.008.

INVITED JOURNAL ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS

Goodwin, C.L., DeAngelo, M.J & Fizur, P.J (2022). Gender Identity and Mental Health, in Encyclopedia of Mental Health, 3rd Edition. Elsevier. Goodwin, C.L. &; Weisberg, R.B. (2017). Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy may reduce high rates of
service use among frequent primary care attenders. Evidence-Based Nursing, 20, 52. doi: 10.1136/eb-2016-102583.

Emery, C.F., Anderson, D. R & Goodwin, C.L. (2012). Coronary Heart Disease and Hypertension.In I. Weiner (Eds.), Handbook of Psychology: Volume 9 – Health Psychology (pp. 340 – 364). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley &; Sons Inc.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS & INVITED TALKS

Bullock, A., Myers Virtue, S., LaGrotte, C., Goodwin, C., & Fizur, P. The Flexibility of Clinical Health Psychologists in Academic Health Centers: Adapting to World Changes. Panel Discussion presented at the 2023 Association for Psychologists at Academic Health Centers Conference, Louisville, KY.

Goodwin, C.L. Malik, D., Telesford, P., Wen, Y., Heitz, C., Jimenez, C., Markey, C.H., Langan, G.,& ; Schweitzer, J. Transgender and non-binary needs and protective factors: A cross-sectional survey. Invited presentation to 10 th Annual Building a Culture of Health in New Jersey, November 2022, Atlantic City, NJ.

Goodwin, C.L., Driver, J., Shipherd, J., Mori, D.M. A multipronged, institution-wide program to address participant-perpetrated harassment in research. Presentation given as part of a symposium at the American Psychological Association annual meeting, August 2020, Washington, D.C.

Bamonti, P.M., Goodwin, C.L., Silberbogen, A.K., Elsen, K., & Moy, M.L.Health-related quality of life if associated with completion of pulmonary rehabilitation in older Veterans with COPD. Symposium presented at the annual Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, November 2019, Austin, Tx.

Zuckerman, S.E., Goodwin, C.L., Driver, J.A., Shipherd, J.C., &; Mori, D.M. A multidimensional approach to preventing and managing participant-perpetrated harassment in research settings. Post presented to the 52 nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy. November 2018, Washington DC.

Goodwin, C.L. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia. Invited Presenter at Psychology Didactic Seminar at VA Boston Health Care System, February 2018, Boston, MA.

Goodwin, C.L. Physical Activity as an Intervention for Depression Among Older Adults. Invited presenter at Geropsychology Rounds at VA Boston Health Care System, June 2017, Boston, MA.

Olson, K.L., Goodwin, C.L., Schiele, S.E., Habash, D., Bodine, A., & Emery, C.F. Food availability, distress, and eating self-efficacy among overweight/obese individuals attempting weight loss. Poster presented to the 36 th Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, April 2015, San Antonio, TX.

Goodwin, C.L. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy—Overview and Applications to Family Medicine. Presented at Family Medicine Grand Rounds at The Ohio State University Medical Center, March 2015, Columbus, OH.

Goodwin, C.L. Bipolar Disorder—Diagnosis and Treatment. Presented at Family Medicine Grand Rounds at The Ohio State University Medical Center, January 2015, Columbus, OH.

Goodwin, C. L., Cooper, S. L., Aberregg, E., & Emery, C. F. Acceptance predicts improved psychological well-being and physical endurance among patients in cardiac rehabilitation. Poster presented to the 35 th Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, April 2014, Philadelphia, PA.

Yuen, E. K., Herbert, J. D., Forman, E. M., Goetter, E. M., Juarascio, A. S., Rabin, S. J., McGrath, K. B & Goodwin, C. L. Videoconference-mediated exposure therapy for social anxiety disorder. In E. M. Goetter (Chair), Implementing internet-mediated exposure therapy for various anxiety disorders: Research findings and clinical considerations.  Paper presented at the 2013 Anxiety Disorders and Depression Conference, April 2013, La Jolla, California.

Goodwin, C.L., Cooper, S.L., & Emery, C.F. Cardiac-specific acceptance predicts improvement in cardiac rehabilitation. Poster presented to the 34th Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, March 2013, San Francisco, California.

Yuen, E.K., Herbert, J.D., Forman, E.M., Goetter, E.M., Juarascio, A.S., Rabin, S.J., & Goodwin, C.L. Acceptance-based behavior therapy for social anxiety disorder using videoconferencing and virtual environments. In J.D. Herbert (Chair), Internet-Based Delivery of ACT: Legal, Ethical, and Clinical Developments. Paper presented at the 2012 annual Association
for Contextual Behavioral Science World Conference, July 2012, Washington, D.C.

Goodwin, C.L. & Emery, C.F. Experiential acceptance is related to patient reports of commitment and desire to improve health behaviors in cardiac rehabilitation. Poster presented to the 33 rd annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, April 2012, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Goodwin, C.L. An Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Invited presentation at the Psychological Services Center, February 2012, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Goodwin, C.L., Forman, E.M., Herbert, J.D., Butryn, M.L., & Ledley, G.S. Project ABLE: An Acceptance-based behavioral lifestyle modification program for cardiac patients. A preliminary investigation. Poster presented at the 44 th annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, November 2010, San Francisco, CA.

Goodwin, C.L., Forman, E.M., Butryn, M.L., Herbert, J.D., Ledley, G.S., Yuen, E.K., Park, J.A., Goldstein, S., Gamber, R.A., & Foster, E. Preliminary results of an ABBT-based program for increasing adherence to diet, exercise and smoking recommendations in a cardiac population. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association, May 2010, Philadelphia, PA.

Yuen, E. K., Herbert, J.D., Forman, E.M., Goetter, E.M., Juarascio, A.S., Rabin, S.L., McGrath, K.L., Goodwin, C.L. & Park, J.A. Using skype videoconferencing and second life virtual environments to deliver acceptance-based behavior therapy for social anxiety disorder. Paper presented at the 44 th annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, November 2010, San Francisco, California.

Goodwin, C.L., Juarascio, A.J., Rabin, S.L., Goetter, E., Park, J., Forman, E.M., & Herbert, J. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy versus Cognitive Therapy for test anxiety in an undergraduate population. Poster presented at the 43 rd annual convention of Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, November 2009, New York, New York.

Juarascio, A., Forman, E., Herbert, J., Rabin, S. & Goodwin, C. Acceptance and commitment therapy versus cognitive therapy for the treatment of co-morbid eating pathology. Paper presented at the 43 rd annual convention of Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, November 2009, New York, New York.

Rabin, S., Park, J., Goodwin, C.L., Juarascio, A., Forman, E. & Herbert, J. Comparison of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and traditional Cognitive Behavior Therapy on reduction of hopelessness in depressed individuals. Poster presented at the 43 rd annual convention of Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy November 2009, New York, New York.

Goodwin, C.L., Forman, E.M., Ledley, G.S., Juarascio, A., Butryn, M., Ambani, R., Garabedian, J.A. Post cardiac event patients are not making life-saving behavioral changes. Poster presented at the annual meeting of Discovery Day, October 2009, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Rabin, S. Park, J., Goodwin, C.L., Juarascio, A., Forman, E., & Herbert J. Comparison of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and traditional Cognitive Behavior Therapy on reduction of hopelessness in depressed individuals. Poster presented at the Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association student poster presentation and awards ceremony, June 2009, Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania.

Juarascio, A., Forman, E., Herbert, J., Rabin, S. & Goodwin, C. Acceptance and commitment therapy versus cognitive therapy for the treatment of co-morbid eating pathology. Poster presented at the Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association student poster presentation and awards ceremony, June 2009, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Goodwin, C.L., Howard, E.H., Downing, C.O., &; Clarke, S.W. Investigating and preventing identity theft: Intervening to increase identification-checking behaviors for credit-card purchases. Paper presented at the 33 rd annual convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis, May 2007, San Diego, California

Harris, D.M., Goodwin, C.L., Clarke, S.W., &; Lehman, P.K. Increasing driver-pedestrian communication for injury control: Catch the Wave! Paper presented at the 33 rd annual convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis, May 2007, San Diego, California.

Lehman, P.K., Geller, E.S., Harris, D.M., Goodwin, C.L., & Drake, E.A. Intervening to convert citizen concern into relevant behavior: The case of global warming. Paper presented at the 33 rd annual convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis, May 2007, San Diego, California

Howard, E. H., Goodwin, C. L., Downing, C.O., & Zhao, X. Investigating and preventing identity theft: Intervening to increase identification-checking behaviors for credit-card purchases. Poster presented at the 9 th Annual Meeting of the Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis, December 2006, Baltimore, Maryland

Goodwin, C. L. &; Clum, G. A. A meta-analysis of psychologically based suicide prevention techniques. Poster presented to the semi-annual meeting of the Virginia Psychological Association, October 2006, Wintergreen, Virginia

Goodwin, C. L. & Glindemann, K.E. Exploring the impact of celebrating St. Patrick’s day on alcohol consumption. Poster presented to the semi-annual meeting of the Virginia Psychological Association, October, 2006, Wintergreen, Virginia

Cox, M. G., Geller, E. S., Goodwin, C. L., & Clarke, S. W. Click It or Ticket vs. Flash-for-Life: A comparison of intervention techniques to increase safety-belt use of students at a large university. Paper presented at the 84 th Virginia Academy of Science annual meeting, May 2006, Blacksburg, Virginia

Glindemann, K. E., Williamson, K. A., Camden, M. C., Goodwin, C. L., & Feigal III, D. W. Assessing the effects of multiple exposures to an intervention aimed at reducing fraternity party alcohol use. Paper presented at the 32 nd annual convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis, May 2006, Atlanta, Georgia

Rhodes, P.A., Harris, D.M., Cunningham, T.R., & Goodwin, C.L. Better medication ordering through technology: Evaluation behavioral results of a shift to electronic medication ordering. Paper presented to the 84 th Virginia Academy of Science annual meeting, May 2006, Blacksburg, Virginia

Downing, Jr., C. O., Goodwin, C. L., Harris, C. S., & Megan C. Hoile, M. C. Are retailers really taking the necessary precautions to look out for their customers? Poster presented at the semi- annual meeting of the Virginia Psychological Association, April 2006, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Goodwin, C. L., & Clum, G. A. Exploring the effectiveness of treatments for individuals at-risk for suicide. Paper presented at the 4 th Annual Virginia Tech Undergraduate Research and Prospective Graduate Student Conference, April 2006, Blacksburg, Virginia

Goodwin, C. L., Drake, E. A., Crane, A. J., &; Lichtig, N. W. Piercing the veil of high-risk drinking: examining the effects of wearing costumes at fraternity-hosted parties. Poster presented at the semi-annual meeting of the Virginia Psychological Association, April 2006, Virginia Beach, Virginia,

Harris, D. M., Rhodes, P. A., Lawson, R. C., & Goodwin, C. L. Investigating the impact of a computerized physician order entry system on efficiency of antibiotic delivery. Paper presented at the semi-annual meeting of the Virginia Psychological Association, April 2006, Virginia Beach, Virginia

 

Dr. Christina Goodwin, Ph.D., provides services to Atlanta CBT on a contract basis.