Samantha Goodman is a postdoc in the School of Public Health and Health Systems in the Faculty of Health. She works with David Hammond and has been a postdoc at Waterloo for almost two years.
Samantha completed her master’s program at the University of Waterloo with Professor Hammond before moving on and completing her PhD in Human Health and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph. After graduation, she moved to France for two years where she spent time improving her French, teaching and taking a step away from academia. When she returned to Canada, Samantha contacted her masters’ advisor because, “I really liked the current work he was doing and how his research had evolved.”
She ultimately chose Waterloo because she wanted to continue working with Professor Hammond. “He does really cutting-edge research and… the actual research environment in this specific department is great and has lots of opportunity… so I wanted to come back and I knew it would lead to good things.”
In the past, Samantha has researched health behaviours and public health with a nutrition lens including vitamin D research, nutrition policies, labelling on food products, and more. When she came back for her postdoc, her advisor had expanded his research in nutrition and tobacco control to other substances like cannabis. As a result of this, she now studies cannabis policy, “which was a bit of a step in a different direction for me. Basically our lab is running a large study where we ask people about their cannabis use as well as things like social norms and impaired driving before and after the legalization of cannabis in Canada.”
Samantha discovered this line of research during her undergrad while taking a health psychology course. Coupled with a class on nutrition, she looked for ways to combine these interests leading her to applied nutrition with a focus on people’s nutrition behaviours.
When she’s not busy in the lab, Samantha enjoys doing yoga in E7 and eating lunch in the AHS courtyard in the summer. Outside of work, she likes hanging out with friends and family, going on walks, knitting and hanging out with her cats.