Rachel is a doctoral student in the special education and disability program at VCU. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology and master's degree in special education from Virginia Commonwealth University. Rachel taught for several years, working with students with autism spectrum disorder in both preschool and elementary school. While teaching, she also completed the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disorders program where she built relationships with families and the community.
A scholar in the National Center for Leadership in Intensive Interventions, Rachel’s research focuses on the implementation and development of intensive interventions for social/emotional and behavioral outcomes of elementary school students. She is particularly interested in how teachers are using these interventions in the classroom while considering aspects of adaptation and fidelity.