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Rachel Katz

Rachel Katz, Research Analyst

Rachel Katz received her Ph.D. in Child Study and Human Development from Tufts University in May 2018. For six years, she served as a doctoral research assistant for the Massachusetts Healthy Families Evaluation on the longitudinal follow-up study of mothers and children (MHFE-2EC). At Tufts, Rachel studied the influence of children's early experiences on developmental functioning, including how development can be modified by environmental influences such as early child care and education experiences, caregiver-child relationships, and adversity. Her master's thesis investigated the impact of child care on the development of children born to adolescent mothers and the role that home visiting programs may play in promoting child care utilization. Supported by a Doris Duke Dissertation Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being, Rachel's dissertation built on this work and investigated patterns of child care use over time, associations between early child care participation and child outcomes in early childhood, and the mechanisms by which child care fosters positive development in this sample of young mothers and children. Rachel received a B.A. in Psychology from Bates College in 2008. Prior to entering Tufts, she worked for four years as a research assistant in the Laboratory for Developmental Studies at Harvard University where she studied cognitive development in infants. Rachel is currently a Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) State Policy Postdoctoral Fellow. This postdoctoral fellowship supports work in state executive branch agencies that focus on early childhood, helping to bridge research and policy. She is working at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) with the state's Early Intervention (EI) program.