Innovative and Strategic Prevention in Racial and Ethnic Disparities (INSPIRED) Lab

Dr. Trenette Clark Goings’ overarching goal is to use rigorous research to prevent racial/ethnic health disparities. To achieve this goal, Dr. Trenette founded the INSPIRED Lab, an interdisciplinary and multi-university research team.


The INSPIRED Lab aims to:
  1. Understand the mechanisms contributing to health disparities (i.e., preventable differences in the ability to achieve optimal health based on race, ethnicity, social, and economic status), particularly behavioral health disparities (i.e., differences in mental health and substance misuse outcomes);
  2. Use this knowledge to develop interventions that improve population health and reduce racial and ethnic health disparities in North Carolina, the U.S., and globally;
  3. Share our findings with the public, and
  4. Mentor and train the next generation of prevention scientists and racial and ethnic health disparity researchers.


To inspire change and achieve health equity through innovative and rigorous research, education, and community engagement.


A just world where everyone has optimal health.

Our Lab Interactions: 

  • Respect 
  • Appreciation 
  • Empathy 
  • Accountability 
  • Humility 

Research Areas and Interests:

  • Health Disparities
  • Prevention Science
  • Substance Use Prevention
  • Adolescents and Emerging Adults

Our Lab’s Work: 

  • Innovative
  • Rigorous 
  • Productive
  • Social Justice and Antiracism 

Dr. Trenette is currently principal investigator of $3.3 million in research projects.

Dr. Trenette and the INSPIRED Lab currently lead two federally-funded research projects:

  • Principal Investigator, Substance Use among Biracial Adolescents and Emerging Adults: The Double Jeopardy Hypothesis

    Funding Source: National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse (R01DA051578)
    Funding Amount: $1,773,450.00
    Funding Dates: 09/30/2020 – 07/31/2025

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  • Principal Investigator, Strengthening Capacity for Substance Abuse Prevention in a Low Income, Rural, Racially/Ethnically Diverse Community (SUPER)

    Funding Source: Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (1H79SP081680-01)
    Funding Amount: $1,499,636
    Funding Dates: September 2019-September 2024

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Dr. Trenette Clark Goings-Bio