Dr. Goodman is a national expert on social stratification and its effect on adolescent health and is the well known for her research on social stratification, obesity, insulin resistance, and other cardiometabolic risks. Through her research, she has been attempting to understand how the structure of our society, created through social and economic policies and practices, influences health and well being, or what she have termed “the biology of social justice.” As part of this program of research, Dr. Goodman has pioneered the study of subjective social status in adolescence. A major focus for the past 10 years has been the physiological and psychological processes through which differences in social status influence children’s health and the trajectory toward adult cardiovascular health, particularly obesity and metabolic risk. A second line of research explores whether and if so, how the concept of Metabolic Syndrome relates to child health. A third line of research uses community-based participatory research. These projects involving disadvantaged youth, their families, and communities and seek to empower youth to become change gents to improve their own health and the health of their communities. Current research involves understanding the relationship between food insecurity and developmental assets in adolescents from low-income communities.
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