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Trenette Clark Goings promoted to full professor

Trenette Clark Goings, Ph.D., has been promoted to full professor.

Goings joined the School in 2010 and over the past 12 years, has gained national recognition for her achievements as a scholar in the substance use field.

Her work, which has been largely funded by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, focuses broadly on reducing health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities. To achieve this goal, Goings studies the epidemiology and etiology of health-risk behaviors, primarily substance use, among African American, Afro-Caribbean and biracial adolescents. Her research targets groups disproportionately affected by substance misuse and HIV but for whom few evidence-based programs are available.

In December, Goings was awarded a $1.5 million intervention research project designed to help prevent substance abuse among youth in North Carolina’s rural communities, with project activities centered in Robeson County.

Since arriving at the School of Social Work, Goings has received the Society for Social Work and Research Deborah K. Padgett Early Career Achievement Award and the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Scholar award.

In 2016, she was among three faculty named a Wallace Kuralt Early Career Professor. The professorship, established by the School of Social Work, was designed to support the research and scholarly interests of junior faculty.