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.

Hello! My name is Shepard and I am a fourth year undergraduate at UNC Chapel Hill majoring in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Religious Studies. It’s my first semester working with Dr. Goode and the Living F.R.E.E. Lab and I’m so excited to have this opportunity!

Thus far, working with Dr. Goode has helped me to better understand the world of disordered eating and all of the factors that can play an impact on one’s eating habits. I have already learned so much from hearing the personal stories of those facing challenges with their eating behaviors; thus, it is vitally important to take the time to listen to the varying factors that play a role in one’s daily routines. Through qualitative research, the Living F.R.E.E. Lab is learning how to best understand this complex topic of disordered eating.

Some fun facts about me:

I spent a month in Pontevedra, Spain where I shadowed doctors and nurses in various rotations including otolaryngology, general medicine, and surgery. This experience solidified my desire to go to nursing school because I want to be the person getting these patients back on their feet.

I got my nursing assistant license during the very beginning of the pandemic and did clinicals in a rural nursing home during this period. I learned a lot!

I love endurance running and I am currently training for a full marathon.

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