Winston Gooden served as dean of the School of Psychology from 2000 to 2014, when he returned his focus to his professorial position of Frank Freed Professor of Psychotherapy and Spirituality. Gooden came to Fuller in 1984, after having served on the psychology faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago for four years. From 1995 to 2000, he served as associate dean in the School of Psychology.
Beginning with his dissertation on adult development among black men, Gooden has researched the developmental crises and transitions of early and middle adulthood. His work in this area has been published in a number of book chapters and journals including the Journal of Psychology and Christianity, the International Journal of Aging and Human Development, the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, and Clergy Assessment and Career Development. His most recent research examines the relationship between shame, intimacy, and attachment among married couples of various ethnic backgrounds. He has also written articles and taught seminars on adult attachment and the place of faith in leadership.
He is an active member of the American Psychological Association and the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology and serves as a contributing editor for Conversations Journal. Gooden is associate pastor of the First AME Zion Church in Pasadena, and has previously served in pastorates at the Black Church at Yale University and the United Community Church in New Haven, Connecticut. He has maintained a private practice in clinical psychology in Pasadena since 1984.
Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching
Psychodynamic psychotherapy, adult development, shame, mid-life transitions, spiritual and emotional development of African American men, church involvement of African American men