Dr. Diane C Gooding graduated magna cum laude from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges, before taking on the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. After securing the prestigious Ford Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, she went on to a post-doctoral fellowship at UW-Madison. Now a Full Professor in Psychology and Psychiatry at UW-Madison, she has won many teaching and research honors and awards along the way. Her research focuses on risk factors for and indicators of schizophrenia, and her teaching interests involve adult psychopathology. Her passions include mental health advocacy, dispelling stigma about mental illness, mystery novels, cats (big and small), and modern dance, particularly, the Alvin Ailey Modern Dance Theatre. Her main involvement with African American women’s health is through her decades’ long work with NAMI and other mental health initiatives.