Erica Goode

erica-goodeErica Goode writes about human behavior for the New York Times. Before coming to the paper in 1998, she was an assistant managing editor at U.S. News and World Report and the editor of the news magazine's Science and Ideas section. She took up editing there after spending 8 years as a senior writer, covering the behavioral sciences as well as national and international news.
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Ms. Goode was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and graduated from the University of Michigan magna cum laude in 1974. She received a masters of science degree in social psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1978, and passed her candidacy orals with high distinction in 1979.
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In 1980, Ms. Goode was a mass media fellow in the program sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and spent the summer working at the San Francisco Chronicle. She left graduate school when the newspaper offered her a job, and spent six years there as a general assignment reporter and a science writer specializing in psychology and mental health. She also spent a year on an invited fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.
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Ms. Goode has freelanced for a variety of publications, including Vogue, Self and Mirabella. She has won awards from the National Mental Health Association, the American Psychiatric Association and other mental health organizations.
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For Police a Playbook for Conflicts Involving Mental Health

The 911 caller had reported a man with a samurai sword, lunging at people on the waterfront. It was evening, and when the police arrived, they saw the man pacing the beach and called to him. He responded by throwing a rock at the embankment where they stood. They shouted to him from a sheriff’s boat; he threw another rock. They told him to drop the sword; he said he would kill them. He started to leave the beach, and after warning him, they shot him in the leg with a beanbag gun. He turned … [Read more...]

Solitary Confinement: Punished for Life

In 1993, Craig Haney, a social psychologist, interviewed a group of inmates in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay State Prison, California’s toughest penal institution. He was studying the psychological effects of isolation on prisoners, and Pelican Bay was among the first of a new breed of super-maximum-security prisons that states around the country were beginning to build. Twenty years later, he returned to Pelican Bay for another set of interviews. He was startled to find himself facing … [Read more...]

California Revises Policy on Mentally Ill Inmates

alifornia’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has introduced new policies for the use of force against mentally ill prisoners that are among the most detailed in the nation. The changes, which were introduced on Friday, were set in motion after videos showed corrections officers in state prisons dousing severely mentally ill inmates with pepper spray and forcibly removing them from their cells. The videos drew public outrage and were called “horrific” by a federal judge who ordered … [Read more...]

Little-Known Health Act Fact: Prison Inmates Are Signing Up

n a little-noticed outcome of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, jails and prisons around the country are beginning to sign up inmates for health insurance under the law, taking advantage of the expansion of Medicaid that allows states to extend coverage to single and childless adults — a major part of the prison population. State and counties are enrolling inmates for two main reasons. Although Medicaid does not cover standard health care for inmates, it can pay for their hospital stays … [Read more...]