Renee D Goodwin, PhD, MPH focuses her research on substance use problems, mental health and related physical health problems within individuals across the lifespan and at a population level. Her current work focuses on three major unifying themes: (1) the interrelationships between mental health and tobacco use and dependence from adolescence through adulthood; (2) the intergenerational impact of mental health problems and substance use on offspring physical and mental health; (3) the relationships between mental health and chronic physical disease from the prenatal period into adulthood. Dr. Goodwin is a psychiatric epidemiologist and clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience in leading studies focused on etiology and outcomes related to the comorbidity of substance use, addiction, psychiatric disorders and physical health problems across the lifespan. She has led grants from NIMH, NIDA, and several private foundations. Dr. Goodwin has authored or co-authored over 175 scientific publications. Her current projects include a NIDA-funded study on the epidemiology of smoking, specifically related to understand how various mental health problems may be undermining the declining smoking prevalence in the United States, especially among vulnerable populations. She is also leading an ongoing study examining mental health problems among children with asthma and allergies, and their caregivers, in an urban pediatric population.
Professor of Psychology, Queens College and The Graduate Center, The City University of New York
Faculty Member, Doctoral Program in Public Health, The City University of New York
Faculty Member, Health Psychology and Clinical Science Doctoral Program, Hunter College, The City University of New York
Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
College of Problems on Drug Dependence
Society of Behavioral Medicine
Honors & Awards
Areas of Expertise
Adolescent Health, Child Abuse, Child Health and Development, Asthma, Disparities / Inequalities in Health, Underserved Populations, Depression, Mental Health, Addiction/Drug Abuse, Alcoholism, Smoking (Tobacco)
Select Urban Health Activities
Asthma, allergies and mental health in an urban pediatric population: The objective of this pilot study is to examine the prevalence of psychological symptoms and related health concerns among pediatric asthma and allergy patients in an inner-city asthma clinic. Results of this study will be used to develop an intervention aimed at improving physical and mental health and quality of life for inner-city youth with severe asthma and allergies and their families.
Select Global Activities
Mental health and asthma among youth in Western Australia, Australia: The objective of this study is to examine the association between atopy and mental health in a birth cohort study in Western Australia, and to investigate possible mechanisms underlying these relationships, including the role of prenatal, environmental, behavioral and familial risk factors.
Anxiety disorders in the Christchurch Health and Development Study, New Zealand: The objective of this study is to examine the risk factors for the onset and persistence of anxiety disorders, as well as the range of associated health and social outcomes, from birth through adulthood in a birth cohort.
Weinberger AH, Platt JM, Jiang BU, Goodwin RD (2015). Cigarette smoking and risk of alcohol use relapse among adults in recovery from alcohol use disorders. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research; 39: 1989-96.
Goodwin RD, Galea S, Zvolensky MJ, Horowitz J, Nomura Y, Choo T, Wall MM, Hasin DS (2014). Changes in the prevalence of mental disorders among daily smokers: 1992-2003. Annals of Epidemiology; 24: 493-497.
Goodwin RD, Grinberg A, Keith DR, McNeil MP, Taha F, Jiang B, Hart CL (2014). Hookah use among undergraduates: Prevalence, drug use and mental health. Drug and Alcohol Dependence; 141: 16-20.
Goodwin RD, Galea S, Perzanowski M, Jacobi F (2012). Impact of allergy treatment on the association between allergies and mood and anxiety in a population sample. Clinical and Experimental Allergy; 42(12): 1765-1771.
Weinberger AH, Platt JM, Goodwin RD (in press). Is cannabis use associated with an increased risk of onset and persistence of alcohol use disorders? A three-year prospective study among adults in the United States. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
Goodwin RD, Robinson M, McKeague I, Sly P, Susser E, Mattes E (2013). Severity of asthma and mental health outcomes: A birth cohort study. Psychological Medicine; 43(6): 1313-22.
Bakhshaie J, Zvolensky MJ, Goodwin RD (in press). Cigarette smoking and the onset and persistence of panic attack during mid-adulthood in the United States: 1994-2005. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.
Goodwin RD, Jacobi F, Thefeld W Mental disorders and asthma in the community (2003). Archives of General Psychiatry; 60: 1125-1130.
Goodwin RD, Stein MB Association between childhood trauma and physical disorders among adults in the United States (2004). Psychological Medicine; 34: 509-520.