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Stephen Budde PhD, LCSW
Associate Executive Director
sbudde@juvenile.org

Dr. Stephen Budde has over 30 years of experience in child welfare as a clinical social worker, researcher, teacher, administrator, trainer, and consultant. Dr. Budde was hired by the JPA as the Director of Clinical Programs in 2005 from Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago (UC) where he was an Assistant Professor and Senior Researcher. He also taught research and child welfare courses at the UC School of Social Service Administration. In 2013, Dr. Budde was appointed Associate Executive Director for JPA. He is particularly interested in practice, theory, and research on the effects of helping relationships, organizational climate, and other dimensions of service quality and outcomes for vulnerable and traumatized children and families. Dr. Budde directs special projects and evaluation activities at JPA, oversees expert permanency planning assessments, and provides consultation and training on mental health and child welfare practice and evaluation to public and private agencies. Dr. Budde has provided consultation to Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and multiple child welfare and mental health providers on clinical practice, decision making, ethics, along with evaluation and quality improvement.

Recent examples of consultation and evaluation activities include: a) conceptualizing and conducting an intensive case review of young foster children who were psychiatrically hospitalized, and working with DCFS and University of Illinois at Chicago to use findings to improve DCFS clinical services; b) studying psychiatric hospitalization outcomes (e.g., rehospitalization) for over 2500 children in substitute care in Illinois; c) evaluating efforts by the Chicago Children's Advocacy Center and partner mental health providers to increase service capacity and engage families in taking sexually abused children for trauma focused mental health services; d) helping three prominent mental health programs to improve the evaluation and quality of their mental health services; e) evaluating engagement and retention of families in home visiting services through a $50 million child abuse prevention initiative in Los Angeles County; f) development of an individualized growth chart to assess weight gain and track critical events in failure to thrive cases, and training nurses in Illinois to use the chart; and g) developing an integrated mental health services model in which a JPA infant mental health consultant and a JPA therapist partner within a community-based early home visiting program to more effectively understand and help to address the mental health needs of high risk parents with young children.


Dr. Budde received his Bachelor's degree from George Williams College, and his Masters Degree and PhD from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

For a listing of Dr. Budde's publications and presentations, please see our Publications and Presentations Page

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