Professor Goodman conducted his undergraduate studies at UCD, graduating with a BSc in Experimental Physics in 1984. He then embarked on an MSc in the area of Atmospheric Physics, and completed these studies in 1985, graduating in 1986. He received a PhD in 1999.
Professor Goodman joined the staff of the Physics Department in DIT Kevin St. in 1989. He lectures in the areas of environmental and medical physics, and in general physics.