Dr. Goodman is a licensed occupational therapist and clinical faculty at the University of Illinois-Chicago. She developed, teaches, and conducts research on "Promoting Wellbeing", a credit-bearing course which aims to support student mental health and academic success. At UIC, Leah served as an Inclusive Classroom Faculty Fellow for the Office of Diversity, where she developed a module to train faculty to support student well-being through their teaching. Dr. Goodman is invested in supporting student-led initiatives on campus and is the faculty advisor for the UIC Mental Health and Disability Alliance. Her work aims to integrate mental health and well-being into the core of higher education through curriculum development, inclusive teaching and faculty training, student-led initiatives, and non-traditional models of care. She also works with Mantra Health, a growing college mental health start-up with the mission of reimagining mental health care for students. Dr. Goodman is interested in exploring the ways we define and provide mental health support, and seeks to develop initiatives and partnerships that promote well-being, equity, and justice. She lives in Chicago and is usually dancing, practicing yoga, exploring new activities and cooking with her partner.
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