Rachael is a research associate whose work is driven by a passion for improving health equity and reducing stigma related to substance use disorders. She is particularly skilled at working with large and messy datasets to analyze behavioral health service utilization and outcomes. She has worked on numerous projects funded by SAMHSA to evaluate national prevention initiatives, as well as with state and local public agency staff to conduct behavioral health service needs assessments. In addition to supporting clients in data analysis, Rachael is experienced at developing data collection tools, providing technical assistance around data collection, and identifying opportunities for data quality improvement.
Prior to joining HSRI, Rachael was a senior research associate at New England Research Institutes, where she analyzed data for epidemiologic studies of diseases. While in graduate school, she was a research assistant at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale, where she worked on a study examining sexual risk among adolescent couples. Prior to that, Rachael was in the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa where she focused on community health and HIV prevention. She currently volunteers with the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston.
- Master of public health from Yale School of Public Health
- Bachelor of arts in history from Boston University