The Living Free Lab Team

Rachel W. Goode, PhD, MPH, LCSW

Assistant Professor
Lab Director and Principal Investigator, Living F.R.E.E. Lab

Dr. Goode is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill). She received her PhD, MPH, and MSW from the University of Pittsburgh. 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 NIH, National Eating Disorders Association, Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, Magee Womens Research Institute, and the University Research Council at UNC-Chapel Hill.  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.

The Lab Team

Su Cho, BS

Graduate research assistant

Su Cho is currently a Master of Social Work student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2018. Her experience includes research at a bio-behavioral lab studying substance use and project management in a family development lab. Su is interested in addressing and confronting mental health disparities. She is passionate about language justice and ensuring equitable and culturally humble mental health care for all. Su is very excited to be a part of the Living F.R.E.E. lab and being involved in work in eating-related research focused on underserved and underrepresented communities. 

Megan Crowley, BA

Graduate Research Assistant

Megan K. Crowley is a Masters of Social Work student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Megan received her Bachelor’s Degree in Film, Television, & Theatre and American Studies at the University of Notre Dame. This is the first opportunity for Megan to be a research assistant. She is very happy to have this opportunity to work in the Living F.R.E.E. Lab as she is interested in eating habits, especially in lower SES communities. 

Hannah Malian, BS

Graduate Research Assistant

Hannah is a Master of Public Health–Nutrition student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Gillings School of Global Public Health. Hannah received her Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise from Virginia Tech. Prior to coming to UNC, she worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator at Duke University where she expanded her knowledge on chronic diseases and anxiety disorders. Hannah is also involved with a grant-funded, student-run, non-profit that provides fresh foods to food-insecure patients in the Triangle area. Her experience in clinical research and food insecurity helped develop Hannah’s research interests, which include: metabolism, food psychology, and how to improve food and nutrition accessibility for minority/ low SES populations. Hannah is excited to join the Living F.R.E.E. Lab to research disordered eating and implement interventions that empower women of color.