Kathy Gooze, PhD
In our search for meaning within the experience of illness, each individual possesses a unique capacity for meaning making, finding hope, and discovering inner resilience. Whether it is through one’s relationship with the Divine, a journey of the soul, or some other spiritual exploration, a chaplain’s role is to be a conduit for patients and family members to explore the deeper issues. As a chaplain intern at Simms Mann, I hope to be a compassionate presence so that those affected by cancer find a safe place for their own spiritual journey.
Education and Professional
A lifetime ago, I received my B.A. in Psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Always looking for an adventure, I moved to California to pursue an M.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University, where I specialized in Cognitive Behavior Therapy for the treatment of depression. After becoming fascinated with the research design aspect, I enrolled in a doctoral program in Research Methods and Applied Statistics at the UCLA Graduate School of Education where I earned a Ph. D. in 1998. After several years of working on grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, I pursued other passions in the area of Educational Policy and funding for public education and dabbled a bit in politics. I am thrilled to be back home in the land of the Bruins.
After taking a hiatus to contemplate the next chapter of my journey, I finally decided the time was right to follow a deep inner calling to become a Chaplain. I enrolled in a combined program for Clinical Pastoral Education and a Masters of Jewish studies at the Academy for Jewish Religion in Los Angeles in 2019. Last year, I had the privilege of working as an inter-faith Chaplain-Intern at Cedar Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. I was responsible for providing spiritual care to patients, family members and staff throughout the hospital. During my time at Cedars, I was particularly drawn to the unique challenges of the patients on the Oncology ward and how their journey brought focus to the deeper issues in life.
Personal Interests and Perspectives
I am so fortunate to have two beautiful adult children, a wonderful husband, a close-knit family, and a multitude of friends. Nothing brings me more pleasure than bringing people together for a meal in my home. Cooking and preparing delicious meals is a form of meditation for me- as long as someone else does the dishes! My yoga practice helps to center my mind and fills me with a sense of inner calm. I set an intention each morning to be a force of good in the world, to cultivate kindness and to practice gratitude for the many gifts in my life. My husband Jacob and I love hiking, paddle boarding, and traveling. At parties, I try to be the last one on the dance floor.