Rachel Hamel, Ph.D.

Rachel Hamel, Ph.D., is a Research & Evaluation Scientist. She earned her MS in Psychological Science from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, and her Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Rachel’s research interests include: 1) Applied quantitative and qualitative research methods and statistics, 2) Industrial/Organizational psychology (e.g., personnel selection and retention, gender and racial bias in the workplace, counterproductive work behaviors, and employee turnover), 3) Social psychology (e.g., diversity and bias in social settings; motivation), 4) Applied health psychology (e.g., barriers/access to care, and motivational impacts on preventative health activities). Prior to joining the Clearinghouse, she worked for the Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development, a division of the Southern Illinois University Medical School, as a researcher for several grant projects funded by state and national agencies. These projects looked at barriers to health care, health disparities in a rural community, and obesity prevention for children through the national CATCH initiative. Rachel currently works with the United States Air Force (USAF) on several projects evaluating and assessing mental health services. She enjoys spending time with her husband and twin girls, playing tennis, and spending time outside, especially at the beach!