With an extensive background in physics—including a Bachelor of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy, both from New York University—David E. Golden was craving something different after having studied, taught, researched, and received patents in the field. For more than 40 years, from 1960 to 2004, Dr. Golden held several professorships and administrative positions at various universities, laboratories, and industry institutions. Dr. Golden has also served as a consultant for countless corporations in the field, including 3M, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, AT&T, Texas Instruments Incorporated, and Autometric Inc. of Paramount Pictures. During his ventures in physics education, Dr. Golden, along with his wife, also co-founded and worked with the Say It Straight Foundation. In 2004, he stepped away from his professor positions and into the roles of president and chief executive officer of the foundation.
As chief executive officer of Say It Straight, Dr. Golden facilitates workshops and works on research, training, and the development of materials for the foundation. Since its establishment, the foundation has trained more than 3,000 people nationally and internationally in preventing high risk behaviors, promoting wellness, and sustaining recovery. In his spare time outside of work, Dr. Golden enjoys jogging, playing tennis, and practicing yoga.
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