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Rachel Katz

Rachel Katz, Research Analyst

Rachel Katz is a student in the M.A./Ph.D. program in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University and a doctoral research assistant for the Massachusetts Healthy Families Evaluation. She is currently working on the longitudinal follow-up study of mothers and children from the randomized controlled trial of Healthy Families Massachusetts. Rachel received a B.A. in Psychology from Bates College in 2008. For her senior thesis, Rachel researched the influence of a creative arts program that she developed and implemented in a school for children with disabilities in Western Samoa. Prior to entering Tufts, she worked for four years as a research assistant in The Lab for Developmental Studies at Harvard University, where she investigated the origins of the association between musical and geometrical processing in infants, and the effects of arts education on spatial and geometrical reasoning in young children. She also investigated gender- and race-based preferences, including the development of social group preferences with children in South Africa. Rachel is interested in exploring the influence of children's early experiences on developmental outcomes, including how development can be modified by environmental influences such as early child care and education experiences, caregiver-child relationships, and adversity.