Deshira Wallace is a 4th year doctoral candidate in the Department of Health Behavior in UNC’s Gilling School of Global Public Health. Her dissertation research focuses on assessing the effects of stress on diabetes-related behaviors in a heterogeneous Latino population. More broadly, she has conducted research in the Dominican Republic aimed at exploring the how individuals in rural areas self-manage their type 2 diabetes. In the summer of 2017, she continued this line of research with further investigating the mental health burden of living with type 2 diabetes through qualitative inquiry. Deshira received her B.A. in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University. Outside of UNC Deshira is on the board of directors of two local non-profits focused on youth development. In her free time, Deshira enjoys dancing, cooking traditional Caribbean foods, and watching documentaries.