Doctoral Student
Vanderbilt University

Molly Richard is an applied researcher committed to preventing and ending homelessness in the United States. She was a member of the research team at C4 Innovations in Needham, MA for five years, conducting research and technical assistance to improve the lives of historically marginalized populations, with particular emphasis on housing and homelessness, mental health, and trauma. At C4, she was Research Manager for the SPARC (Supporting Partnerships for Antiracist Communities) initiative. She also worked closely with Dr. Ellen Bassuk to publish two systematic reviews on family homelessness, write policy and advocacy reports, and develop a standardized measure of organizational trauma-informed care. She is now working towards her doctorate in Community Research and Action at Vanderbilt University, where her advisor is Dr. Beth Shinn. At Vanderbilt, Molly is working on a method for estimating doubled-up homelessness, is a member of the Nashville-Davidson Continuum of Care Data Committee, and continues to consult with SPARC to support racial equity efforts in the field. Prior to her research career, Molly was a direct care counselor at a group home and received her B.A. in Psychology from Vassar College.