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Budge named new faculty director of AHEAD program

May 30, 2018

Stephanie Budge was recently named the new faculty director for the Advancing Health Equity and Diversity (AHEAD) program, which is administered via UW-Madison’s Collaborative Center for Health Equity (CCHE).

Stephanie Budge
Budge is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology at UW-Madison. She focuses her research and activism efforts on transgender and gender diverse people. Budge's research focuses on emotional and coping processes for transgender youth and adults, as well as the effectiveness of medical and psychotherapeutic treatments for transgender clients. She provides clinical trainings nationally and internationally related to LGBTQ issues, focusing on practitioners’ self-efficacy, knowledge, awareness and skills.

Budge is replacing Carmen Valdez, who is starting a new position at the University of Texas at Austin in the fall.

Budge promotes transgender activism on campus by providing workshops to students, faculty and staff related to navigating gender identity within a university environment. For her research efforts, she received the American Psychological Association LGBT Outstanding Community Contributions award (2011) and the APA LGBT Early Career Professional Award (2015) from the Society for Counseling Psychology.

Budge was a recipient of a 2017 ICTR AHEAD Pilot Grant for her project, “Psychotherapy minority stress interventions for transgender patients: A pilot randomized controlled trial."

“I am very excited to join the AHEAD program as the incoming faculty director. I look forward to mentoring individuals investigating health equity and interdisciplinary translational research,” Budge says in this CCHE news story.

The CCHE, supported by the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) and located within the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, connects partners from the state’s rural, urban and tribal communities with university faculty, staff and students to advance long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships in teaching, research and service initiatives to improve health equity in underserved communities of Wisconsin.

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