Stephen Budde



  • 44501  Clinical Research: Using Evidence in Clinical Decision Making

Job experience

  • Associate Executive Director, Juvenile Protective Association

  • Over 30 years of experience in child welfare and mental health, as an administrator, therapist, evaluator, teacher, trainer, and consultant

  • 10 years lecturing at Crown Family School, teaching clinical research

  • 15 years at Chapin Hall, focusing on program evaluation and decision making

Fields of Special Interest

  • Program evaluation in child welfare, mental health, child abuse prevention
  • Clinical decision making and research in mental health and child protection
  • Engagement and retention of clients in services
  • Innovative program design
  • Quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Clinical theory, especially regarding theories of change and the nature of therapeutic relationships and their impact on outcomes
  • Child therapy
  • Ethics in clinical practice

Publications or presentations

  • Budde, S. & Thompson, R. (June 2015).  High Rates of Psychiatric Rehospitalization among Children in Care: Research Findings and Practice Implications. Presentation at One Child, Many Hands: A Multidisciplinary Conference on Child Welfare at the University of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia, PA.
  • Budde, S., Waters, J., & Walsh, W. (June 2015). Improving access to mental health services for sexually abused children: Findings and lessons from the Chicago CAC. Presentation at National Children’s Alliance Leadership Conference: Washington, DC.
  • Budde, S., Whittington-Eskridge, M., & Evans, S. (March 2015). Investigating abusive head trauma cases: Highlighting recent court rulings and implications for practice. Pilot training developed and conducted for Illinois DCFS child protection investigators: Peoria, IL.
  • Budde, S. Savas, T., and subcommittee members (October 2014). Differential Response Child Welfare Advisory Committee (CWAC) Subcommittee Report. Submitted to DCFS Acting Director Bobbi Gregg.
  • Budde, S. & Waters, J. (May 2014). Increasing engagement and retention in mental health services for child victims of sexual abuse. Presented at National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect Conference in New Orleans, LA.
  • Budde, S. (April 2013). Failure to thrive cases and the use of individualized growth charts to inform child death review investigations. Presentation by invitation to Illinois Child Death Review Team Symposium: Springfield, IL.
  • Budde, S. (March 2013). Promising findings from a retrospective evaluation of inner humanism psychotherapy outcomes for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Presentation to Intrapsychic Humanism Society: Chicago, IL.