Rachel Gonzalez-Louis, B.S., is a first year graduate student in the Clinical Health Psychology program with a focus on Pediatric Psychology. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Florida with a major in Psychology and a minor in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance. After earning her Bachelors degree she began working for as a research coordinator for the Center of Cognitive Aging and Memory under the supervision of Dr. Ron Cohen. She primarily worked on the WISE Brain Study, which aims to explore the nuerocognitive effects of weight loss in a population of Bariatric Surgery patients. Currently, Rachel works under the mentorship of Dr. David Janicke with a research interests in the area of pediatric obesity.
Rachel is interested in psychological, behavioral, and physiological factors that influence the development of obesity and the development of effective interdisciplinary intervention for pediatric weight management.
Fernando, H. J., Cohen, R. A., Gullett, J. M., Friedman, J., Ayzengart, A., Porges, E., … Donahoo, W. T. (2019). Neurocognitive Deficits in a Cohort With Class 2 and Class 3 Obesity: Contributions of Type 2 Diabetes and Other Comorbidities. Obesity. doi: 10.1002/oby.22508