Dr. Lynda Goodfellow, Ed.D., RRT, AE-C, FAARC, will join the AARC as the new Director of Clinical Practice Guideline Development. Goodfellow will start in early October. This position was newly created after a restructuring of the AARC organization.
“Dr. Goodfellow has a strong record of publication and will fit well into this role as well as be a great resource for the education department,” said Lanny Inabnit, MS, RRT, RRT-ACCS, RRT-NPS, RCP, FAARC, AARC Vice President of Education and Meetings.
Dr. Goodfellow comes to the AARC with a wealth of experience in RT education where she currently serves as Senior Associate Dean for Academics at Georgia State University. She has worked at Georgia State since 1990.
As a high-profile volunteer for the AARC, Dr. Goodfellow has served on the Board of Directors for 12 years in various roles.
Dr. Goodfellow graduated from the Medical College of Georgia with a bachelor of science degree in Respiratory Therapy. From there, she moved back to her hometown of Atlanta, GA to work as a respiratory therapy education coordinator for two hospital systems, and then to Georgia State University.
“I soon realized that if I wanted a future in academia, I would need to further my education,” Dr. Goodfellow said, who then received her Doctor of Education in Adult Education from the University of Georgia.
“My journey thus far has been very gratifying, and I am very excited about this next phase of my career,” Dr. Goodfellow said.
Dr. Goodfellow is married to Ray Goodfellow, her husband of 39 years, and they live in Peachtree City, Georgia. They have three sons, three daughters-in-law, and two adorable grandsons.
An Eye to the Future
“There are so many unanswered questions in respiratory care, and I am looking forward to advancing the profession through evidence-based clinical practice guidelines,” Dr. Goodfellow said. “The best evidence must be integrated into respiratory care practices.”
Dr. Goodfellow believes this charge is “our responsibility” and a responsibility that she looks forward to helping carry out.
“Respiratory therapists are on the front line of duty, many times with no recognition and little respect,” Dr. Goodfellow said. “With the AARC assigning this position to clinical practice guidelines, I believe the message for us as members is that we are essential and are very good at what we do. Respiratory therapists deliver value, efficiency, and solutions in their daily practice.”
Making Evidence Assessable
Along with AARC partners and evidence-based writing teams, Dr. Goodfellow aims to make medical evidence assessable to respiratory therapists.
Current and retired clinical practice guidelines are available on the AARC website. Dr. Goodfellow asks for your input in sharing the unanswered clinical questions that you believe are important. According to Dr. Goodfellow, it is this interaction she is looking forward to the most in her new role.
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