Meredyth Goldberg Edelson

Professor of Psychology

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, psychology and law, and women and gender. Her research interests include legal outcomes in children who have been sexually abused and gender differences in outcomes for abused children. She teaches classes such as: Diagnosis of "Abnormal" Child/Adolescent Behavior; Psychology of Women and Gender; Psychology and Law; and advanced seminars on Child Sexual Abuse and Forensic Psychology. She also regularly teaches Introductory Psychology and is often an 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 children, legal outcomes in cases of child sexual abuse and other forms of child maltreatment, 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. She has three children, usually has a dog or two, and enjoys tennis, golf, hiking, and sports (especially Packers football!).

Recent Publications

Walsh, W.A., Lippert, T., Edelson, M.G., & Jones, L.M. (2015). Length of time to resolve
criminal charges of child sexual abuse: A three-county case study. Behavioral Sciences & the Law33, 528-545. doi: 10.1002/bsl.2187. (invited manuscript).

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).

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.