Dawn Goel

Contributing Faculty
College of Psychology and Community Services
School of Psychology
M.S. Forensic Psychology

Dr. Goel is a Contributing Faculty member in the Forensic Psychology Program at Walden University. She earned a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at the University of Tennessee with an emphasis in Social and Health Psychology in 2012, and she also holds a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies from the same university. Dr. Goel’s research interests center on social justice, particularly in the area of health disparities. Dr. Goel is also an award-winning teacher and was the 2020 recipient of the Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award through Division 9 of the American Psychological Association.


PhD, University of Tennessee

Post-master's Certificate, University of Tennessee

MA, California State University, Sacramento

BA, California State University, Sacramento

Awards / Honors

Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award, American Psychological Association: Division 9, 2020

Mamie Phipps Clark Diversity Research Grant, Psi Chi, 2019


Goel, D. (2018). Stereotypes, bias, and decision making in health care.


Goel, D., Goel, A., Hess, A. K. (2021). The effects of patient gender and obesity on physician TKA recommendations. Association for Psychological Science

Goel, A., Goel, D. (2021). Physician implicit bias and recommendations for patients with knee arthritis. . Association for Psychological Science

Goel, D., Hess, A. K., Goel, A. (2020). Physician beliefs in benevolent sexism and recommendations for patients with knee arthritis. American Psychological Association

Goel, A., Goel, D., Hess, A. K. (2020). Implicit gender bias and recommendations for conservative knee arthritis treatment options: A pilot study. American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons