Rachel Rosenberg

Senior Research Scientist

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Education & certification

PhD, Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University, MSW, University of Kentucky

Rachel Rosenberg

Senior Research Scientist, Bethesda, MD

Rachel Rosenberg, PhD, MSW, is a senior research scientist in Child Trends’ child welfare research area who specializes in quantitative and qualitative research methods, engaging youth and other community members with lived experience in the research process, research-to-practice translation, and project management. 
Dr. Rosenberg’s work focuses on the transition to adulthood for young people transitioning out of foster care. She is currently the principal investigator for a data and evaluation partnership with the Family Wellbeing Strategy Group, Annie E. Casey Foundation; project director for the program evaluation of the Compassionate Education Program at the National Center for Youth Law; and a task lead for Activate. Through these projects and others, Dr. Rosenberg has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in journals such as the Children and Youth Services Review and the Journal of Public Child Welfare, and via blogs, reports, and factsheets to inform and improve services available to older youth in foster care. She has briefed Congress, granted multiple written and TV media press requests, presented at national conferences, and served as an invited presenter at several state and local conferences. 
Dr. Rosenberg has expertise in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research. This expertise includes designing projects, ensuring community voice throughout the research process, using equitable research methods, and program evaluation. She has experience in creating program indicators and setting benchmarks and targets, using administrative child welfare data, designing and implementing databases and data collections systems, and fielding national surveys. 
Dr. Rosenberg has a doctorate in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Masters in social work from the University of Kentucky, and a bachelors in political science from Eastern Kentucky University.