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Rachel W. Goode

Assistant Professor

Rachel Woodson Goode, Ph.D.


Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building

Room 563-A

325 Pittsboro Street

Campus Box 3550

Chapel Hill, NC 27599

O: 919-962-6429

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Rachel W. Goode is an assistant professor at UNC 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.

Degrees and Licenses

PhD, University of Pittsburgh
MPH, University of Pittsburgh
MSW, University of Pittsburgh
BA, Wheaton College



Research and Professional Interests

Behavioral Interventions
Disordered Eating Behaviors
Racial Justice
Social Justice and Confronting Oppression

Principal Investigator

Preventing Binge Eating Disorder among Black Women in Primary Care
Reducing Binge Eating to Prevent Weight Gain in Black Women: A pilot study
Exploring the "Why" Behind the Binge Eating Behaviors of African-American Women


Eating Disorders Information and Training Network: Leveraging Innovative Technology to Educate and Train the Next Generation of Healthcare Providers and Public Stakeholders

Other Projects

Eating Disorders Information and Training Network: Leveraging Innovative Technology to Educate and Train the Next Generation of Healthcare Providers and Public Stakeholders

Recent Publications

Goode, R.W., Cowell, M., McMillian, D., Van Deinse, T. & Cooper-Lewter, C. (2020) Preparing social workers to confront social injustice and oppression: Evaluating social work education. Social Work. Article first published online on August 13, 2020. doi: 10.1093/sw/swaa018

Goode, R.W., Cowell, M., Mazzeo, S.E., Cooper-Lewter, C.A., Forte, A., & Bulik, C (2020). Binge eating and binge-eating disorder in Black women: A systematic review. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 53(4):491-507. doi: 10.1002/eat.23217, PMID: 31922293

Goode, R.W., Kalarchian, M.A., Craighead, L., Conroy, M., Gary-Webb, T.L., Bennett, E., Cowell, M. & Burke, L.E (2020). Perceptions and experiences of appetite awareness training among African-American women who binge eat. Eating and Weight Disorders, 25:275-281. doi: 10.1007/s40519-018-0577-z, PMID: 30221323.

Goode, R.W., Kalarchian, M.A., Craighead, L., Conroy, M.B., Wallace, J., Eack, S. & Burke, L.E. (2018). The feasibility of a binge eating intervention in Black women with obesity. Eating Behaviors, 29, 83-90. doi: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2018.03.005, PMID: 29549863.

Goode, R.W., Styn, M.A., Mendez, D.D, and Gary-Webb, T (2017). African-Americans in standard behavioral treatment for obesity, 2001-2015: What have we learned? Western Journal of Nursing, 39, 1045-1069. doi: 10.1177/0193945917692115, PMID: 28322668.

Presentations, Workshops and Media

Appetite Awareness Training for Binge and Overeating

The Impact of Childhood Trauma on Binge Eating in African Americans

Confronting Oppression in the Age of Trump: Are MSW Students Prepared?


SOWO 540

Social Work Practice with Individuals, Groups, and Families


MSW Generalist

SOWO 740

Implementing Evidence-Informed Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups


MSW Direct Practice