Rachel Woodson Goode has been reappointed as an assistant professor at UNC School of Social Work, an important milestone in the path to promotion and tenure. The reappointment was effective July 1.
Goode, who joined UNC in 2017, earned her Master of Social Work, Master of Public Health and Ph.D. degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh.
Over the course of her scholarly career, Goode has focused her research on the prevention and treatment of binge eating and obesity. Her research interests include developing, implementing, and evaluating interventions to address racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in obesity and eating disorders.
Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, Magee-Womens Research Institute, and the University Research Council at UNC-Chapel Hill. Currently, Goode is the principal investigator of a pilot feasibility grant from the UNC Nutrition and Obesity Research Center to reduce binge eating and prevent weight gain in African American women who are overweight and obese.
Additionally, Goode is a licensed clinical social worker with practice experience in the treatment of eating disorders and obesity among clients in university counseling centers and community-based mental health agencies.
Her work has earned her numerous 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.
In 2020, she was chosen to receive a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Junior Faculty Development Award for her research into obesity affecting persons who do not have consistent access to adequate and appropriate food to maintain good health and energy. Goode’s research specifically focused on how families who receive federal supplemental nutrition assistance can be affected both by food insecurity and by binge eating.