Rebecca Fauth, PhD, is a developmental psychologist specializing in research and evaluation of social policies and programs on children and families. Her research aims to unpack whether, how, and for whom programs are or are not effective. Rebecca’s expertise on the influence of family- and community-level poverty and how it relates to children’s development is complemented by her extensive knowledge of mixed methods research, evaluation design, and research-practice integration. She is a senior research fellow at Child Trends and a research assistant professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University working with the Tufts Interdisciplinary Evaluation Research (TIER) group. At TIER, Rebecca serves as a principal investigator on a number of community-based evaluations, focused on home visiting and other dual-generation family support programs. Previously, Rebecca was the assistant research director at the National Children’s Bureau in London, England, where she managed a team of researchers working on a range of policy evaluations on early years, foster care, and youth development. Rebecca was also a research scientist at the National Center for Children and Families at Columbia University, where she contributed to several national evaluations including the Early Head Start Research and Evaluation project and the Moving to Opportunity for Fair Housing Demonstration. At the start of her career, Rebecca worked as a preschool teacher and a family support case worker.
Rebecca holds a PhD in Developmental Psychology and an MS in Applied Statistics from Columbia University, and a BA in Psychology and Anthropology from the College of the Holy Cross.