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Rebecca Fauth, Principal Investigator

Rebecca Fauth, PhD, is a developmental psychologist specializing in research and evaluation of social policies and programs on children and families. Her research aims to unpack whether, how, and for whom programs are or are not effective. Rebecca's expertise on the influence of poverty, neighborhoods, and community contexts on children’s development and family well-being is complemented by extensive knowledge of mixed methods research, evaluation design, and research-practice integration. She is a research assistant professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University working with the Tufts Interdisciplinary Evaluation Research (TIER) group and a senior research fellow at Child Trends. Rebecca serves as a principal investigator (PI) on a number of evaluations, focused on home visiting and other dual-generation family support programs and community-wide place-based initiatives. She is currently leading two quasi-experimental evaluations of home visiting programs in Massachusetts using linked home visiting program data, birth and hospital records, Early Intervention program data, and healthcare claims to assess impacts of home visiting on maternal and infant health and developmental outcomes. Rebecca is co-PI of TIER’s longstanding Healthy Families Massachusetts evaluation. She is co-PI and quantitative task lead on the Massachusetts Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MA MIECHV) program needs assessment. She is also currently leading a policy-practice-research project adapting home visiting for justice system involved parents, a pilot project examining how best to integrate home visiting with recovery support for families with substance use disorder, and a national project that supports evidence-based home visiting models to build their capacity for collaborative research using shared data, among other projects. At the start of her career, Rebecca worked as a preschool teacher and a family support case worker conducting home visits.

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