Hi everyone! My name is Lisette, and I am a fourth-year undergraduate student at UNC – Chapel Hill majoring in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience. This is my first year working with Dr. Goode and the Living F.R.E.E. Lab and it has been an incredible experience!

Being able to work with Dr. Goode and the Living F.R.E.E. Lab has showed me how drastic the health disparities are between ethnic minorities compared to those who are not. One of the biggest issues with health disparities is the lack of mental health service utilization from those in underrepresented communities, mainly due to the lack of services in the first place, and just how grave these issues can become. Those in underrepresented populations are just as likely to develop eating disorders yet lack the adequate resources that will help them. I am interested in the neurobiology of eating disorders and how the rewarding nature of food parallel with addiction. In further understanding the brain mechanisms of eating disorders and working with people who have them, I hope to help develop tailored treatment options for adolescents who come from underrepresented communities and suffer from eating disorders.

Here are a few fun facts about me:

  1. I studied abroad in Spring 2020 in Florence, Italy, where I took classes about social psychology and how our environment has a huge influence on our development.
  2. I speak English and Spanish fluently, and took Italian language classes at UNC all the way up to Advanced 1.
  3. I love to bake and made macarons successfully on the first try (I probably just got lucky)!
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