PhD, Child Study and Human Development, Tufts University
Cohort Six Fellow

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Academic Mentor
M. Ann Easterbroks
Professor, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, Tufts University

Policy Mentor
Tom Weber
Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care

Current Institutional Affiliation
Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Division of Early Intervention: SRCD Postdoctoral Fellow

Areas of Expertise

Early Childhood Education and Initiatives, Program Evaluation, Infants and Toddlers


Dr. Rachel Katz is a Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) State Policy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in the Division of Early Intervention. She is using her research and early childhood expertise to inform practice and policy initiatives at the state level and to support and develop the agency’s research activities, data collection methods, data analysis, and evaluation processes. Dr. Katz received her PhD in Child Study and Human Development from Tufts University in 2018. For six years, she served as a doctoral research assistant for the Massachusetts Healthy Families Evaluation, a randomized controlled trial of an intervention for young parents under the age of 21. At Tufts, Dr. Katz 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. Supported by a Doris Duke Dissertation Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being, her dissertation 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 a sample of adolescent mothers and their children. 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. Dr. Katz received a BA in Psychology from Bates College in 2008.