Rachel Cotter Johnson is a senior research analyst on the child welfare team. Prior to joining Child Trends, Rachel spent five years with nonprofit and social service agencies, working directly with systems-involved youth and families in roles that spanned refugee resettlement, education, and homelessness intervention. She was involved in the implementation of several successful pilot programs, including a trauma-informed sexual abuse intervention program serving teenage girls in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
Rachel earned her Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, focusing on quantitative and economic analysis methods, and served as a research fellow at the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. Her research interests include the prevention of child abuse and neglect, gender responsiveness, racial equity in child welfare systems, supports for youth transitioning out of foster care, dually involved youth, and program development and evaluation.