Joel Goodin

Contributing Faculty
Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences
Doctor of Education (EdD)

Dr. Goodin was born in Dallas, but grew up in rural Arkansas. He earned BS in Psychology at University of Arkansas with Magna Cum Laude honors. He went on to earn his Masters and EdS in Counseling and Human Systems from Florida State University. He then earned his PhD in Educational Psychology (Learning and Cognition) from Florida State University with emphases in motivation, emotion, stress, and performance. During that time, he taught and coordinated teaching of Educational Psychology undergrad courses for pre-service teachers at Florida State (2 years). He then served as an Adjunct Professor at Tallahassee Community College teaching undergraduate psychology courses (3 years). He worked full-time as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Athens State University (Alabama, 2 years). He became a Research Coordinator at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (2 years). Currently, he is teaching online as Education faculty for Walden University (7 years) and as Psychology faculty for both National University (6 years) and University of Arkansas at Little Rock (6 years). He also is the owner of a lifecoaching and consulting small business in Little Rock, Arkansas, operating internationally (1 year). At Walden University, he regularly teaches 8004/8014 and serves on approximately 155 committees (50 as chair, 25 as 2nd member, 80 as URR). He has presented research nationally and internationally, publishing in top-tier journals in areas of psychology, education, and medical fields. He is a member of American Psychological Association, American Geriatric Association, American Association of Medical Colleges, American Educational Research Association and AMDA (The Society for Post-Acute and Long-term Care Medicine). In his work, he's formed multiple organizations for graduate student research, the Goodin "Kinetic" Lab for student research experience at Athens State, and the ACCESS Research and Consulting team and UAMS and regional educational research experts. Most recently, he was awarded a $415K grant by the Templeton Foundation for research on religious cognition among people with Parkinson’s Disease. He’s recently received awards for faculty excellence at Walden and National universities and the Presidential Recognition Award at National University.


PhD, Florida State University

EdS, Florida State University

MS, Florida State University

BA, University of Arkansas

Awards / Honors

College of Education Technology Allocations Funds, Florida State University, 2009

Faculty Excellence Award, Athens State University, 2014

Faculty Excellence Award, National University , 2021

Faculty Excellence Award, Walden University , 2020

Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence, National University , 2021