Rachel is a seasoned researcher with extensive experience conceptualizing and directing complex mixed-method evaluation studies. She has led research on a variety of critical issues facing the nation, including supports for military Service members and their families, food security, and patients’ healthcare experiences. Rachel has overseen and facilitated focus groups and interviews with a wide range of stakeholders, including physicians and other health professionals, safety-net beneficiaries, state and local government officials, federal grantees, parents, children, veterans, and military service members and their families.
For the Department of Defense (DoD), Rachel serves as the project director for the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (known as DACOWITS), a federal advisory committee assessing matters and policies relating to the recruitment and retention, treatment, employment, integration, and well-being of women in the Armed Forces. She is the project director of a national evaluation of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Emergency Medical Services for Children Program. Rachel leads a study of modernizing communication channels for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Rachel also serves in senior advisor roles on DoD projects related to gender integration in recruit training, sexual assault prevention and response, and military family research.
Prior to joining Insight, Rachel was a researcher at Westat, where she focused primarily on health communications studies with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rachel holds an M.P.H. with a concentration in social and behavioral sciences from Boston University.