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

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: SRCD Postdoctoral Fellow

Areas of Expertise

Early Childhood Education and Initiatives, Evidence-Based/Evidence-Informed Programs, Families and Family Systems, Home Visiting and Maltreatment Prevention, Maternal Health, Prevention Science, Program Evaluation, Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Regression Modeling, Mixed Methods, Adolescents and Young Adults, Infants and Toddlers, Low-Income Families and Individuals, Preschool-aged Children


Rachel Katz is a doctoral student in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. Her research focuses on exploring the influence of children's early experiences on developmental outcomes, including how development can be modified by factors such as child care, caregiver-child relationships, and adversity. Ms. Katz received a BA in Psychology from Bates College. Prior to beginning her doctoral program, she worked for four years as a research assistant in the Lab for Developmental Studies at Harvard University, which deepened her interest in developmental science, research, and program development, and fueled her desire to study child development from an applied perspective. Ms. Katz is currently working on the Massachusetts Healthy Families Evaluation, a randomized controlled trial of an intervention for young parents focused on promoting positive life course trajectories for mothers and children, supporting positive parenting, reducing child maltreatment, and enhancing maternal well-being.