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Rachel Katz

Director, Research & Evaluation

Rachel Katz, Ph.D., is an applied developmental scientist working at the nexus of research, policy, and practice and is responsible for providing strategic and thought leadership and engaging in cross-organizational and mission critical research and evaluation initiatives including the Educare Learning Network (ELN) and the National Center on Parent, Family, & Community Engagement (NCPFCE).

Rachel has an extensive background in research and evaluation, developmental research methods, advanced statistical techniques, foundational theories of child development, and research-practice-policy integration. She conducts research exploring the influence of early experiences on development, including how development can be shaped by factors such as early childhood education, home visiting experiences, caregiver-child relationships, and adversity.

At Start Early, Rachel works to advance the research design, methods, and analysis of ELN research and engages in research translation to synthesize and amplify research findings for a variety of audiences. She also leads the research and evaluation work for the NCPFCE including strategy development, research and evaluation partnerships, data collection, analysis, reporting, and translation.

Rachel holds a B.A. in Psychology from Bates College and a Ph.D. in Child Study and Human Development from Tufts University.

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