“Over the years I’ve known Winston Gooden, I’ve found him to be a serious, deep thinker who does not take slack. But on the flip side is the compassionate, patient, thoughtful Pastor Winston. What a combination for Fuller’s School of Psychology.”
“Dean Gooden brings a sense of calm and steadiness to almost any situation. Sometimes it feels like magic the way he walks into a difficult conversation, and just his presence makes everybody calm down and feel safe.”
These comments -- the first from Kenichi Yoshida, associate director of academic affairs for Fuller’s Marriage and Family Program; the second from PhD student Gillian Grannum -- echo those of most who know retiring School of Psychology Dean Winston Gooden. After 14 years as dean and 30 years on Fuller’s faculty, Dr. Gooden retired on June 30, 2014.
As colleagues, students, and alumni reflect on Gooden’s impact during his long, rich tenure at Fuller, the term “servant leader” comes up often. “When I think of Winston I think of when Jesus said, ‘I came not to be served but to serve,’” says PhD student and MSMFT alumna Suzanne Shaw. “That exemplifies the way Winston leads people. He genuinely cares about them.”
Gooden joined Fuller’s School of Psychology faculty in 1984, after serving on the psychology faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 1995 he was appointed associate dean of the School of Psychology, and in 2000 assumed the full deanship. He also occupies a professorial chair as the Evelyn and Frank Freed Professor of Psychotherapy and Spirituality.
The work of the School of Psychology has deepened and strengthened in a multitude of ways under Gooden’s leadership. Its research has expanded into many new areas -- the 2011 establishment of the Thrive Center for Human Development being just one example -- with augmented grant support from such prestigious sources such as the Templeton Foundation. The Marriage and Family Therapy program has been extended to the Fuller Arizona campus, and a new non-clinical PhD in Psychology program will be launched this fall.
Diversity among both students and faculty of the school has broadened notably during Gooden’s tenure, with the service of its graduates extending more widely than ever, increasingly in underserved contexts.
Gooden’s educational background includes an MDiv from Yale Divinity School with an MS and PhD from Yale University. His research has focused on the spiritual and emotional development of African American men, the developmental crises and transitions of early and middle adulthood, and a more recent exploration of the relationship between shame, intimacy, and attachment among married couples of various ethnic backgrounds.
A licensed clinical psychologist, Gooden has maintained a private practice in Pasadena since 1984, and also serves as associate pastor of the First AME Zion Church in Pasadena. He is married to Kumea Shorter-Gooden, who is also a psychologist, and they have one daughter.