Rachel R. Underwood received her B.A. in Art Education from Florida State University, along with an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Valdosta State University, and her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Florida. Rachel has worked with a variety of group populations in a developmental context, including college students, children with a diagnosis on the Autism spectrum, and individuals experiencing homelessness. Broadly speaking, her research interests examine the experiences of women, mental health, and poverty. Rachel is also dedicated to "desire-based" storytelling and the dissemination of research through alternative channels, such as digital media. She has been selected as a Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core (CERC) Community Scholar for 2018-2019.