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Patricia Goodspeed Grant, Ed.D., LMHC, NCC

Office: 186 Brown Buildinggoodspeed

Phone: 585-395-5493



Ed. D. Counseling and Human Development, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
M.S. Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Springfield College, Springfield, MA
B.S. Psychology, State University of New York, Empire State College, Rochester, NY

Areas of Specialty:

  • Issues involving obesity, relationships with food, weight and eating
  • Loss and transitions including voluntary and involuntary career and relationship transitions
  • Divorce and separation
  • Grief and loss
  • P.A.I.R.S. Certified Leader (Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills)
  • Outplacement
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • College Counseling
  • Career and life planning
  • Chemical dependency clinician, including evaluation, diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Mood disorders
  • General Counseling Issues

Research Interests:

Dr.Goodspeed's dissertation research was a hermeneutic phenomenological exploration of the meaning of work for unemployed professionals. From this experience, she developed interests in qualitative methods, specifically for the field of counseling, and is currently researching the lived experiences of separation and divorce. She has also written and presented on topics related to social class and the counseling process, to creativity and its relationship to both counseling process and counselor education, and work-family issues, and how these areas are practiced in the international counseling community. She has taught a great many counselor education courses, and currently teaches Psychopathology, Human Experience, and Contemporary Issues. She serves on the editorial review board for the Journal of College Counseling.


Goodspeed Grant, P. (2007).  Food for the soul: Emotional and social comfort eating in the morbidly obese.  In Buckroyd, J. & S. Rother (Eds.), Psychological Responses to Obesity.  Hoboken, NJ: Wiley

Goodspeed Grant, P. & Mackie, K. (2007).  Social Class/SES.  In Culturally Alert Counseling: A comprehensive Introduction, G. McAuliffe, (Ed.). Thousand Oaks: Sage

Goodspeed Grant, P. & Boersma, H. (2005). Making sense of being fat:  A qualitative analysis of  adults’ explanations for obesity  Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Journal, 5(3), 1-9.

Goodspeed Grant, P. (2005). International Labour Organization Activities, including reports on Fair Globalization, Economic Security, Migrant Workers, AIDS and the Workplace.   International Association for Counselling Newsletter Reports, March, 2005.

Goodspeed Grant, P. (2005). ILO Soundbyte: Youth Employment.  International Association for Counselling Newsletter Reports, March, 2005.

Goodspeed Grant, P. & Boersma, H.  (2005). The Role of Mental Health Counselors in the Treatment of Obesity: Exploring Possibilities for a Team Approach.  NYMHC A Newsletter.

Goodspeed, P., McCollum, V.C., & Bauman, S. (2004).  Leader self-disclosure:  Shouldn’t I be a role model?  In Critical incidents in Group Work.  LE. Tyson, R. Perusse & J. Whitledge  (Eds.). Alexandria, Va: American Counseling Association.

Goodspeed, P. (2002).  Explorations of meaning in work: the contributions of qualitative research. Proceedings: Annual Ethnographic and Qualitative Research in Education Conference, Duquesne University, June, 2002.  Retrieved at: EQRE/papers2002/Goodspeed.pdf

Goodspeed, P. (2000). The effects of career and worklife concerns on the family.  Family Digest, Winter, 13(3).

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Last Updated 11/5/15