Rachel Ralston specializes in project management and research related to affordable housing, health care and homelessness. She has extensive experience with qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, particularly related to focus groups, interviews, surveys and experimental research. She has a background in LGBTQ journalism and also has focused on social and behavioral outcomes stemming from health communication. Her studies of perceptions and experiences among adolescents, the LGBTQ community and women have been presented at multiple conferences and published in several journals, including the Journal of Health Communication, Computers in Human Behavior and Psychology of Women Quarterly. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in English literature and holds both an M.A. and Ph.D. in communication from The Ohio State University.