Ronda Goodale


Ronda Goodale

Chair - Early Education and Care, Psychology and Senior Instructor pronouns: she/her

pronouns: she/her



The only constancy in life is change. Failures are important steps in self-discovery and learning. They are really just steps on our journey. Each day is another opportunity.


Ronda A. Goodale, an esteemed educator and leader, holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Boston College and boasts a rich tapestry of certifications and licenses. As Chair of Early Education and Care at Cambridge College, she cultivates a diverse faculty and imparts expertise in developmental psychology. Goodale's influence extends to consultancy roles with school systems, employment at several universities and pivotal contributions to Boston Public Schools, where she championed inclusive education practices. Her scholarly publications and presentations at prestigious conferences underscore her commitment to fostering inclusive learning environments and advocating for marginalized communities. Beyond academia, Goodale serves as a prominent voice for mental health awareness, leveraging platforms such as radio broadcasts to amplify crucial conversations. She has always seen the transformative potential of education and advocacy in inspiring educators and learners alike.

Education & Certifications

  • PhD Educational Psychology, Boston College
  • CAGS Administration, Policy and Social Planning, Harvard
  • MEd, Northeastern University
  • BsEd, University of Massachusetts

Courses Taught

  • Psychology of Learning
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Theories of Personality
  • Early Education Practicum

Awards, Recognitions, Research & Selected Published Work

  • Education for Service Award, Boston State College (2017)
  • Conversations about Race between Educators and K-12 Students, Race and Pedagogy Journal: Teaching and Learning for Justice (Sept 2023)
  • Talking with Children about Race, in Lessons from School Psychology: Practical Strategies and Evidence-Based Practice for Professionals and Parents (2019)
  • Understanding the Needs of LGBTQ Youth, in Lessons from School Psychology: Practical Strategies and Evidence-Based Practice for Professionals and Parents (2019)
  • Mental Flexibility, in Advocate-AFT Massachusetts (March/April 2018)
  • Presented at the International School Psychology Conference on creating comprehensive mental health support for schools, students, and families (2022).
  • Presented at International School Psychology Conferences on topics such as Adolescent Suicide and School Response (2018) and Promoting Mental Health in LGBTQ Youth (2021).
  • Radio guest on WBZ radio from 2013 to now every 2 or 3 months to address psychological issues.