Meredyth Goldberg Edelson

Meredyth Goldberg Edelson

Professor Goldberg Edelson joined Willamette University in 1992. She received her undergraduate degree from Macalester College and completed her graduate work at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, receiving her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology also in 1992. Professor Goldberg Edelson has teaching interests in behavior disorders of children, and the effects of sexual abuse and domestic violence on women and children. Her research interests include legal outcomes in children who have been sexually abused and the process of forensic assessment for children who have been abused or neglected. She teaches classes on "Abnormal" Psychology such as "Abnormal" Psychology: Child/Adolescent and Diagnosis of "Abnormal" Behavior; and advanced Child Sexual Abuse Seminar, Psychology of Women & Gender, and also teaches Introductory Psychology and is a co-instructor in the senior internship program. Professor Goldberg Edelson has published articles and presented papers at conferences related to the cognitive abilities of children with autism, the aftermath of domestic violence in women and chidren, legal outcomes in cases of child sexual abuse, and sex differences in legal outcomes for sexually abused children.  In addition to her work at Willamette, Professor Goldberg Edelson also "moonlights" as a forensic interviewer at Liberty House, a child abuse assessment center in Salem. Her hobbies include spending time with her daughters, Janae, Micaela, and Sarah, caring for the family beagles (Kelev and Deeghan), listening to and attempting to play music, and playing and watching sports (go Packers!).

Recent Publications

Edelson, M.G. (2013). Why have all the boys gone?: Gender differences in prosecution acceptance of child sexual abuse cases. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 25, 461-481. doi: 10.1177/1079063212465900

Edelson, M.G., & Joa, D. (2010). Differences in legal outcomes for male and female children who have been sexually abused. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 22, 427-442.

Edelson, M.G. (2010). Sexual abuse of children with autism: Factors that increase risk and interfere with recognition of abuse. Disabilities Studies Quarterly, 30 (1) Special issue: Autism and Neurodiversity (invited manuscript).

Edelson, M.G., Hokoda, A., & Ramos-Lira, L. (2007). Differences in effects of domestic violence between Latina and Non-Latina women. Journal of Family Violence, 22, 1-10.

Edelson, M.G. (2006). Are the majority of children with autism mentally retarded?: A systematic evaluation of the data. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 21, 66-83.

Edelson, M.G. (2005). A car goes in the garage like a can of peas goes in the refrigerator: Do deficits in real-world knowledge affect the assessment of intelligence in individuals with autism? Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 20, 2-9.

Joa, D. & Edelson, M.G. (2004). Legal outcomes for children who have been sexually abused: The impact of child abuse assessment center evaluations. Child Maltreatment, 9, 263-276.

Recent Conference Presentations

Edelson, M.G. (2014). Possible biases in child sexual abuse judgments. Western Psychological Association Conference, Portland, OR, April.

Feinberg, Z. & Edelson, M.G. (2014). Executive Functioning in sexually abused children. Western Psychological Association Conference, Portland, OR, April.

Elwood, C. & Edelson, M.G. (2014). The relation of age and question type in sexual abuse forensic interviews. Western Psychological Association Conference, Portland, OR, April.

Edelson, M.G., Engle, M., & Hadley, B. (2009). Are males’ or females’ cases of child sexual abuse more provable in a court of law? Poster presented at the Western Psychological Association, Portland, OR, April.

Edelson, M.G., & Joa, D. (2007). Differences in the legal treatment of male and female victims of child sexual abuse. Paper presented at the 16th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Portland, OR, April.

Hokoda, A., Edelson, M.G., Ramos-Lira, L., Caballero, M.A., Saltijeral, M.T., Angeles, M., Ruíz, S.,& Guerrero, G. (2005). Evaluation of an Educational Program ("Mamás Ayudando a Sus Hijos"/"Moms Helping Kids") in Méxican Battered Women and their Children: A Pilot Study. Symposium presentation at the 10th International Conference on Family Violence, San Diego, CA.

Edelson, M.G. & Joa, D. (2005). Legal outcomes following child abuse assessment center evaluations. Paper presented at the Western Psychological Association, Portland, OR, April.

Edelson, M.G., Hokoda, A., & Ramos-Lira, L. (2005). Effects of domestic violence in Latina and Non-Latina women. Poster presented at the Western Psychological Association, Portland, OR, April.

Edelson, M.G. (2003). Are the majority of children with autism mentally retarded? Poster presented at the Western Psychological Association, Vancouver, BC, May.

Joa, D. & Edelson, M.G. (2003). Legal outcomes for children evaluated at a child abuse assessment center. Paper presented at the APSAC Colloquium, Orlando, FL, July.

Joa, D. & Edelson, M.G. (2003). Legal outcomes for children evaluated at a child abuse assessment center. Paper presented at the Western Psychological Association, Vancouver, BC, May.

Ortega, J. & Edelson, M.G. (2003). A study of the cycle of abuse in a familial sample. Paper presented at the Oregon Academy of Science, McMinnville, OR, February.