Lab: Community Responses to Sexual Assault Research Group

Michigan State University, Ph.D. Ecological-Community Psychology 2020 (Specialization in Quantitative Methods and Evaluation Sciences)

Michigan State University, M.A. Ecological-Community Psychology 2017

Knox College, B.A. Gender & Women’s Studies 2009

Current Instructor
Applied Research Methods in Community Settings, Seminar in Cultural Diversity

If you'd like to hear more about Dr. Goodman-Williams' research, listen to this episode (link below) of the Just Science podcast where Dr. Goodman-Williams and her community partner, Dr. Jessica Volz, were interviewed about their work exploring why sexual assault survivors may have forensic evidence collected and choose not to make a police report at that time.  

Link: https://forensiccoe.org/podcast-2022saam-ep4/


Academic Interests and Expertise

My research investigates how communities develop and implement survivor-centered responses to sexual assault. One branch of my research focuses on refining the research tools used to understand survivors’ experiences, and a second emphasizes producing action-oriented research that can directly inform intervention and prevention efforts. I am currently conducting research related to survivors’ engagement with medical, legal, and advocacy services in the aftermath of sexual assault, posttraumatic stress, and social support.

Areas of Research Interest

Sexual assault, help-seeking, institutional responses to interpersonal violence, trauma-informed research ethics. 


1. Goodman-Williams, R., & Ullman, S.E. (2019). Post-traumatic stress disorder and measurement invariance in a sample of sexual assault survivors: Are symptom clusters stable over time? Psychological Trauma. Advanced online publication. 

2. Goodman-Williams, R., Campbell, R.M., Sharma, D., Pierces, S.J., Feeney, H., & Fehler-Cabral, G. (2019). How to Right a Wrong: Developing Empirically Tested Approaches for Resolving Untested Rape Kits. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 20(3), 288-303. Doi: 10.1080/15299732.2019.1592645 (Runner-up for the Richard P. Klutt Award for Journal of Trauma & Dissociation 2019 Best Article).

3. Campbell, R., Goodman-Williams, R., & Javorka, M. (2019). A trauma informed approach to sexual violence ethics and open scienceJournal of Interpersonal Violence, 34(23-24), 4765-4793. Doi: 10.1177/0886260519871530

4. Chiaramonte, D., Quarles, J., Strzyzykowski, T., Goodman-Williams, R., Weber, R., Broessel, K., & Thompson, T. (2019). Lessons that cannot be lectured: Highlighting the experiences and benefits of undergraduates engaged in community psychology research. Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice, 10(2), 1-21.

5. Campbell, R., Feeney, H., Goodman-Williams, R., Sharma, D.B., & Pierce, S.J. (2019). Connecting the dots: Identifying suspected serial sexual offenders through forensic DNA evidence. Psychology of Violence (online first). http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/vio0000243

6. Campbell, R., Goodman-Williams, R., Feeney, H., & Fehler-Cabral, G. (2018). Assessing triangulation across methodologies, methods, and stakeholder groups: The joys, woes, and politics of interpreting convergent and divergent data. American Journal of Evaluation (online first). Doi: 10.1177/1098214018804195