Lawford L. Goddard, PH.D.
Education & Training
Lawrence Goddard is a sociologist/demographer who received his doctoral
degree from Stanford University with a minor in Education and is
currently Director of Education and Training at the Institute for
the Advanced Study of Black Family Life and Culture, Inc. in Oakland,
California. He has recently retired as Lecturer in Black Studies at San Francisco State
Dr. Goddard possesses a broad multi-disciplinary social science
background, having studied extensively in the areas of sociology,
demography, education, history, political economy and cultural pluralism.
As a sociologist interested in the issues of human development,
Lawford is particularly concerned with such issues as health, adolescents,
the elderly, mortality patterns, fertility values and population
redistribution as they relate to social change and their impact
on Third World communities and countries.
Dr. Goddard is an expert on Black family dynamics, Black culture
and youth development programs such as rites of passage and mentoring
programs, substance abuse prevention, HIV/AIDS education and prevention.
His most recent area of interest is with Black adolescents with
particular reference to education, motivation, health promotion,
manhood and responsibility training and counseling as primary prevention
strategies against HIV/AIDS, substance abuse and other forms of
Dr. Goddard has studied and traveled extensively in the Caribbean
and has conducted research on the political economy of migration
and the process of economic development and population changes and
their impact on the system of social stratification in this region.
Lawford has been involved in the field of community development
and youth services for over twenty five years. Through his community
activities, he saw early the need for formal training programs,
like rites of programs, that would address the educational and developmental
needs of African American adolescents. As a result he was one of
the founders of the HAWK Federation for males and the ASET Society
He is the co-author of:
* Understanding the Black Family: A Guide For Scholarship and Research
(with Wade W. Nobles) Oakland, Ca. Black Family Institute Publications.
* The Km Ebit Husia: Authoritative Utterances of Exceptional Insight for the Black Family
( with Wade W. Nobles and William E. Cavil, III) Oakland, Ca. Black Family Institute Publications.
* African-American Families: Issues, Insights and Directions
(with Wade W. Nobles, William E. Cavil, III and Pamela Y. George) Oakland,
Ca. Black Family Institute Publications.