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Apr 15, 2020

Social distancing is the best way to curtail the spread of COVID-19, but if innumerable days of isolation start to feel like they’re taking a toll on your mental welfare, there might be some solace waiting in the kitchen. According to mental health experts, cooking can reduce anxiety and alleviate mental distress. Dr. Nicole Farmer is a clinical researcher studying many facets of how diet affects human biology and behavior, including the effects of cooking interventions on mental well-being.

Dr. Farmer is a staff scientist at the NIH Clinical Center and a 2020 recipient of the William G. Coleman Jr. Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Innovation Award from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). Learn more about her research at