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.

Goode Team

Ramine Alexander, PhD, MPH : Research Project Manager, Goode

Ramine Alexander, PhD, MPH

Research Project Manager, Goode

Ramine Alexander joined the UNC Nutrition Research Institute as Research Project Manager. Dr. Alexander received her Ph.D. and MPH, from Virginia Tech. As an intervention scientist, her research interest includes utilizing Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) to improve lifestyle risk factors (i.e., diet and physical activity) that have a direct relevance to obesity and chronic disease. Through CBPR approaches a primary goal of her work is to involve the voice of the community in the research process to promote intervention sustainability. Dr. Alexander has a passion for building health equity, conducting research on the social determinants of health, and using innovative approaches to communicate science.

Ana Paola Campos, PhD : Postdoctoral Research Associate, Goode Lab

Ana Paola Campos, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Goode Lab

Paola completed her PhD in Social Work at Boston College and a Master in Nutrition at Iberoamericana University in Mexico City. Her research examines risk and protective factors for child malnutrition, and the impact of the social determinants of health on health disparities among underserved populations. Her current research interests have been shaped by a gradual evolution of professional experiences from diverse clinic- and community-based research projects in Mexico, Guatemala, and the U.S. A more recent area of her research focuses on adapting and testing a parenting intervention to prevent child obesity among Hispanic families.

Tyisha Harper : Project Coordinator, Goode Lab

Tyisha Harper

Project Coordinator, Goode Lab

Tyisha Harper joined UNC Nutrition Research Institute in December 2021 as a Project Coordinator in the Goode Lab. She is originally for Milwaukee, WI and relocated to the Charlotte area with her new husband. She is excited to learn and develop her research career here. Tyisha likes to travel, go bowling, and spend lots of quality time with her family. Tyisha is motivated by  spiritual affirmations and her favorite one is Psalm 46:5, “God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.”

Myneesha King : Community Health Outreach Coordinator, Goode Lab

Myneesha King

Community Health Outreach Coordinator, Goode Lab

Myneesha King is excited to join the team as the new Social/Clinical Research Specialist. Myneesha is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University’s Professional Theatre Department. Her background includes Education, Social Services, Pilot Program Management and Human Resources. Myneesha taught middle and high school theatre in both Charlotte Mecklenburg and Cabarrus County Schools. Her passion remains for community outreach and the development of underserved populations. Myneesha enjoys spending time with her family and exploring cultural events in her spare time.

Katherine Matthes : Research Assistant, Goode Lab

Katherine Matthes

Research Assistant, Goode Lab

Katherine is a recent graduate of North Carolina State University, where she studied social work. As an undergraduate, she engaged in research surrounding burnout and vicarious trauma; she is excited to join Dr. Goode’s lab as a research assistant. Katherine is passionate about increasing healthcare equity, social justice, and individual and community well-being, and she hopes to pursue a career engaging in research around disordered eating. In her free time, Katherine enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and playing guitar.

Julian Robles : Research Technician, Goode Lab

Julian Robles

Research Technician, Goode Lab

Julian is a Kannapolis native who is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Religious Studies. He is a Chancellor's Science Scholar and worked at the NRI as an undergraduate. Julian is a research assistant in Dr. Goode's lab where he is engaging in qualitative research around eating disorders and engaging in the community. He is interested in exploring a possible career in research, but would like to go to medical school to become a pediatric oncologist. Some of Julian's interests include reading, riding motorcycles, hiking, and being a positive impact.


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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.