Rachel is currently Associate Professor in Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Research Methodology at the Faculty of Education & Social Work at the University of Sydney. She has degrees in psychology, audiology, teaching, research methods and higher education. She completed her doctoral study in 2002 in child development and education as a scholarship holder at Oxford University.
Rachel has particular expertise in research analysis, and in the theory and practice of assessment, evaluation and research methods. She has conducted large scale, high impact studies across educational sectors: from early childhood to higher education. She has advanced skills in reading, conducting and evaluating research, and in translation of research into evidence-based policy and practice. She is a frequent media commentator on education and social issues also sits on various government educational committees.