Welcoming our Newest Lab Members: Meet Hannah Malian, Senior Research Assistant

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OUR NEXT FEW BLOG POSTS WILL INTRODUCE OUR TEAM OF RESEARCH ASSISTANTS.  WE ARE SO EXCITED FOR THEM TO BE A PART OF OUR TEAM.

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Hi all, my name is Hannah and I am a first year MPH-Nutrition student at UNC Gillings School of Public Health. It’s my first year working with Dr. Goode at the Living F.R.E.E. Lab and I’m really excited to be a part of such a great team! 


Working with Dr. Goode has helped me gain more experience in the field of disordered eating, as disordered eating is often impacted by food accessibility, and in turn impacts a person’s nutrition, too. It’s really fascinating how people within communities can be impacted by a larger causal loop, thus I think it’s so important to listen to community members in order to identify, intervene, and mitigate factors that impact them. At the Living F.R.E.E. Lab we work directly with people, using qualitative interview skills to learn more about the root causes of their disordered eating. 


Some fun facts about me:

       I spent a month in Cusco, Peru working at a medical clinic where I helped take vital signs, filled prescriptions and completed public health surveys in a local community, Anta. While there, my team and I also worked at a girls’ orphanage, where we taught classes about feminine hygiene and menstruation. 

       I lived in Rwanda for a month where I taught English in schools and worked with a local non-profit that helped promote gender equality in the community. Basically, I got to hang out with kids for a month and it was a lot of fun! Funny enough, they seem to have a way of teaching you more than you can teach them. In our free time, we played lots of soccer (one of my favorite sports).

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