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Rachel W. Goode is an assistant professor at the School of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Goode 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, Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, Magee Womens Research Institute, and the University Research Council at UNC-Chapel Hill. Currently, Dr. Goode is the principal investigator of a pilot feasibility grant from the Nutrition and Obesity Research Center at UNC-Chapel Hill to reduce binge eating and prevent weight gain in African-American women with overweight and obesity. 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.


Degrees and Licenses

PhD, University of Pittsburgh
MPH, University of Pittsburgh
MSW, University of Pittsburgh
BA, Wheaton College



Research and Professional Interests

Behavioral Interventions
Disordered Eating Behaviors
Racial Justice
Social Justice and Confronting Oppression

Principal Investigator

Preventing Binge Eating Disorder among Black Women in Primary Care
Reducing Binge Eating to Prevent Weight Gain in Black Women: A pilot study
Exploring the “Why” Behind the Binge Eating Behaviors of African-American Women


Eating Disorders Information and Training Network: Leveraging Innovative Technology to Educate and Train the Next Generation of Healthcare Providers and Public Stakeholders

Other Projects

Eating Disorders Information and Training Network: Leveraging Innovative Technology to Educate and Train the Next Generation of Healthcare Providers and Public Stakeholders

Recent Publications

Goode, R.W., Cowell, M., McMillian, D., Van Deinse, T. & Cooper-Lewter, C. (2020) Preparing social workers to confront social injustice and oppression: Evaluating social work education. Social Work. Article first published online on August 13, 2020. doi: 10.1093/sw/swaa018

Goode, R.W., Cowell, M., Mazzeo, S.E., Cooper-Lewter, C.A., Forte, A., & Bulik, C (2020). Binge eating and binge-eating disorder in Black women: A systematic review. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 53(4):491-507. doi: 10.1002/eat.23217, PMID: 31922293

Goode, R.W., Kalarchian, M.A., Craighead, L., Conroy, M., Gary-Webb, T.L., Bennett, E., Cowell, M. & Burke, L.E (2020). Perceptions and experiences of appetite awareness training among African-American women who binge eat. Eating and Weight Disorders, 25:275-281. doi: 10.1007/s40519-018-0577-z, PMID: 30221323.

Goode, R.W., Kalarchian, M.A., Craighead, L., Conroy, M.B., Wallace, J., Eack, S. & Burke, L.E. (2018). The feasibility of a binge eating intervention in Black women with obesity. Eating Behaviors, 29, 83-90. doi: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2018.03.005, PMID: 29549863.

Goode, R.W., Styn, M.A., Mendez, D.D, and Gary-Webb, T (2017). African-Americans in standard behavioral treatment for obesity, 2001-2015: What have we learned? Western Journal of Nursing, 39, 1045-1069. doi: 10.1177/0193945917692115, PMID: 28322668.

Presentations, Workshops and Media

Appetite Awareness Training for Binge and Overeating

The Impact of Childhood Trauma on Binge Eating in African Americans

Confronting Oppression in the Age of Trump: Are MSW Students Prepared?