Rachel Caplan, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, specializing in community-based research and evaluation with the Making the Shift Youth Homelessness Demonstration Lab (MtS DEMS). Rachel holds a Ph.D. in Community Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Studies from Ryerson University, where she taught for 6 years in the areas of children’s rights, child development, and educational equity. Rachel is a community-based researcher and program evaluator in housing and homelessness and her research focuses on child, youth, and family homelessness; and children’s rights. She has conducted community-based research and evaluations for two large-scale, mixed-methods, prevention-oriented research demonstration projects: the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s national At Home/Chez Soi study of Housing First for individuals experiencing homelessness and mental illness; and the Better Beginnings, Better Futures prevention program for children, families, and communities in Ontario, Canada. Rachel proudly serves as an advisor on the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH) Women’s Homelessness Advisory Committee. In her free time, Rachel relishes in taking nature walks with her family.
Rachel is currently on parental leave.