Introducing: Mariah Cowell, a 2nd Year MSW Student

Mariah is so excited to be a part of the Living F.R.E.E. Lab. This is her second year working with Dr. Goode. Mariah is a second-year full-time graduate student in the community management and policy practice concentration at the UNC School of Social Work. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from UNC Charlotte. She is passionate about applied research that focuses on improving inequitable experiences. Here are a few interesting facts about Mariah: Mariah is colorblind. Mariah was a trained as a classical opera singer for 5 years. She had the opportunity to sing in amazing spaces such


Living F.R.E.E. LAB in partnership with UNC Weight Management for next study

The entire team had the chance to visit the Department of Family Medicine on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus to meet with the UNC Weight Management Program (WMP), directed by Laurel Sisler. The purpose of WMP is to provide additional support to those at greater risk for weight-related problems, and help participants lose weight, improve their health, and maximize their well-being. Participants have the chance to engage individual and/or group counseling for up to 12 months. Dr. Goode was introduced to Stephanie and Laurel because they are both alumni of the UNC School of Social Work. In their first meeting, all


Welcome to our newest lab member!

We are so excited to have Courtney Cooper-Lewter joining our lab this Fall. Courtney is a rising 2nd-year dual degree student in the Schools of Social Work and Public Administration at UNC-Chapel Hill. She has a background in International Studies and the Spanish language. She has also been involved in research around family engagement with school systems, traction alopecia affecting African American women, and substance abuse prevention in African American and biracial youth. Courtney is most passionate about community engagement and empowerment. We thought we would share some fun facts about Courtney so that you are able to get to


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