Rachel Goode, PhD, MPH, LCSW

Assistant Professor of Social Work and Psychiatry

Rachel W. Goode is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Center for Eating Disorder Excellence, Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Goode received her PhD, MPH, and MSW from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests include developing, implementing, and evaluating equitable and community-engaged interventions to treat obesity and eating disorders. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), National Eating Disorders Association, Magee Womens Research Institute, and the University Research Council at UNC-Chapel Hill. Currently, Dr. Goode is the principal investigator of an NIH Career Development Award (K23) to develop a culturally-relevant digital health tool to treat binge eating and obesity. Additionally, Dr. Goode is a licensed clinical social worker, and has practice experience with the treatment of eating disorders and obesity among clients in university counseling centers, and community-based mental health agencies. She has been fortunate to be the recipient of various awards, including the Oprah Civic Leadership Award, National Health, Lung, Blood Institute (NIH) Research Service Award, and the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

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In the News

Moving Toward Health Equity Webinar

The Living Free Lab is hosting a webinar series: Moving Toward Health Equity FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC When: Friday, April 19 at Noon Identifying and Addressing Intersectional Weight Stigma in the Care of Patients with Eating Disorders Featuring: Erin Harrop, LCSIW,...

Precision Nutrition is Essential

In 2008, the UNC Nutrition Research Institute opened its doors with just two faculty members and nine staff. Established as an institute in the Nutrition department of the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the...


Publications 2023

Gendered Racial Microagressions and Emotional Eating for Black Young Adult Women: The Mediating Roles of Superwomen Schema and Self-Compassion. (Article accepted for publication)

Coping Behaviors in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Among Essential Workers of Color: Latent Classes and Covariates. (Article accepted for publication)

If I Start Panicking Over Having Enough, then I Start Eating Too Much”: Understanding the Eating Behaviors of SNAP Recipients in Larger Bodies during COVID-19.

“You Have to Continue Doing the Work”: Black Women Essential Workers Coping Amidst Dual Pandemics of Racism and COVID-19.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Life Stressors among Essential Workers of Color: A Latent Class Analysis.