Diane C. Gooding, Ph.D.

Researcher. Scientist. Professor.

About Dr. Gooding

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Diane C. Gooding, Ph.D., a Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, specializes in Descriptive and Experimental Psychopathology. She uses neurocognitive, psychophysiological, and psychometric techniques in her work.

Dr. Diane C Gooding graduated magna cum laude from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges and worked as a Senior Research Assistant at the Henry A. Murray Research Center at Radcliffe College before taking on the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. After securing a prestigious Ford Foundation Doctoral Dissertation fellowship, she completed an internship at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN.  She joined UW-Madison as a Julia A. Cooper Fellow in 1995, and joined the faculty in 1996.

Having benefitted from wonderful teachers and mentoring throughout her life, she loves being  a professor and sharing her passion for Science and research with her students. She is proud of the undergraduate and graduate students, post-docs, and visiting scholars she has taught and with whom she has collaborated. The lab is an extension of her classroom. 

Her research focuses on risk factors for and indicators of schizophrenia-spectrum disorders and other psychoses, and her teaching interests involve adult psychopathology. She is the primary developer of the Anticipatory and Consummatory Interpersonal Pleasure Scale (ACIPS), an indirect measure of social anhedonia.

Her passions include mental health advocacy, dispelling stigma surrounding mental illness, mystery novels, cats (big and small), and modern dance, particularly, the Alvin Ailey Modern Dance Theatre. Her main community involvement is through her decades’ long work with NAMI and other mental health initiatives, as well as her enthusiastic membership in The Links, Incorporated.

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