Dr. Goodwin's research is focused on health promotion for persons with disabilities through physical activity. The aim of health promotion for people with disabilities is to preserve good health by creating enabling environments that reduce secondary conditions, such as obesity and diabetes, thereby maintaining functional independence and enhance overall quality of life.
Analysis of the historical context of disability has demonstrated that it is not a static notion. The philosophical and ideological assumptions held by members of society, have both enabled and impaired persons with disabilities from being active agents in their own health. There are three major objectives to Dr. Goodwin's program of research:
1. The experience of disability and physical activity,
2. The role of physical well being in the development of a personal agency and disability identity, and
3. The processes involved in developing and sustaining a lifestyle that promotes health and physical well being.