Jessica Goodkind


Photo: Jessica  Goodkind

Associate Chair

SSCI 1082

Curriculum vitae


PhD, Community Psychology, Michigan State University (2002)

Research Interests

Sociology of Health and Medicine, Race and Ethnicity, Community-based Participatory Research

Social determinants of health/mental health, Community-based mental health interventions, Native American, refugee, and immigrant populations, Mixed methods research, Cultural competency/humility

Recent/Select Publications:

Blackwell, Meredith A., David T. Lardier, Ryeora Choe, and Jessica Goodkind. Forthcoming. "Persistence of the Relationship between Mental Health and Resource Access: A Longitudinal Reciprocal Model in a Diverse Refugee Sample." Journal of Traumatic Stress.

Hess, Julia M., C. Estela Vasquez Guzman, Alexandra Hernandez-Vallant, Alexis J. Handal, Kimberly R. Huyser, Margarita Galvis, Dulce Medina, Norma Casas, Mario Javier Chavez, Felipe Rodriguez, Annette Carreon Fuentes, and Jessica Goodkind. 2022. “Innovative Participatory Bilingual Data Analysis with Latinx Immigrants: Language, Power, and Transformation.” Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology 28(3):389-401.

Goodkind, Jessica,  Julia Meredith Hess, Ryeora Choe, Yuka Doherty, Meredith Blackwell, David T. Lardier, and Deborah Bybee. 2022. “Refugee Mental Health: Differential Trauma Exposure and Gendered Expectations as Explanatory Mechanisms for Disparities.” Pp. 82-100 in Research Handbook on Society and Mental Health, edited by Marta Elliott. Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Goodkind, Jessica, Julieta Ferrera, David Lardier, Julia M. Hess, and R. Neil Greene. 2021. “A Mixed Method Study of the Effects of Post-Migration Economic Stressors on the Mental Health of Recently Resettled Refugees.” Society and Mental Health 11(3):217-235. doi: 10.1177/2156869320973446

Goodkind, Jessica, Deborah Bybee, Julia M. Hess, Suha Amer, Martin Ndayisenga, R. Neil Greene, Ryeora Choe, Brian Isakson, Brandon Baca, and Mahbooba Pannah. 2020. "Randomized Controlled Trial of a Multi-level Intervention to Address Social Determinants of Refugee Mental Health." American Journal of Community Psychology 65(3-4):272-289. doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12418


Faculty Public Sociology & Community Engagement

Jessica Goodkind studies the mental health of recently resettled refugees and immigrants from around the world; she puts that expertise to work in New Mexico and around the country by advising newcomer organizations and resettlement agencies on how best to build on the strengths of refugees and immigrants to promote their well-being and enable them to contribute their knowledge, skills and ideas to American society and how to create system and policy changes that support newcomer well-being. Jessica is also the Co-Director of DEI Curricular Development for the UNM School of Medicine, a role in which she uses her expertise to develop and implement health equity and culturally effective health care curriculum for medical students, faculty and staff. Finally, she is a Board Member of United Voices for Newcomer Rights and provides evaluation consultation to community-based organizations and tribal communities in New Mexico.

Jessica is the director of the Refugee & Immigrant Well-Being Project (RIWP) at UNM, through which much of this research and community engagement is run.  For more information, go to the RIWP website. 


Introduction to Research Methods (undergraduate)

Health & Social Inequalities, I, II, & Lab (undergraduate and graduate)

Community-Engaged Research (graduate)

Methods of Social Research (graduate)