Professor Jacqueline Goodnow

Jacqueline Goodnow (nee Jarrett) graduated from the University of Sydney in 1944 with a BA (Hons 1) in Psychology and the University Medal; she remained there as a Teaching Fellow in Psychology until 1948. A Woolley Travelling Scholarship took her to Harvard University where she gained a PhD in Psychology in 1951. The majority of the next twenty years was spent in the US in teaching and research positions. In 1971 she became a full Professor in Psychology at George Washington University, a position she left a year later to return to Australia. From 1972 to the present she has worked at Macquarie University, at first in the School of Education and from 1976-1990 as Professor of Psychology. Currently she holds the position of Professorial Research Fellow (Emeritus Professor), Psychology, in Macquarie's School of Behavioural Sciences.

Professor Goodnow works in the area of cognition and its social basis. This interest has been manifested in her research in areas such as the distribution of work responsibilities in the family, the origins and outcomes of beliefs about parenting, and the intergenerational tranmission of social values. She has been honoured by a number of prominent bodies. The American Psychological Association awarded her the G. Stanley Hall Award for distinguished Contributions to Developmental Psychology (1989) and included her in a list of Distinguished Women in Psychology (1992). She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences, the Australian Psychological Society, the American Psychological Association, and an Honorary DSc of Macquarie University. In 1992 Professor Goodnow became a Companion of the Order of Australia.