UW–Madison’s Stephanie Budge has received the Early Career Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Counseling Psychology, from the Society of Counseling Psychology of the American Psychological Association.
Budge is an associate professor in the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology. Her research and advocacy efforts focus on transgender and gender diverse people.
In his nomination letter for Budge, Steve Quintana, professor and chair of the Department of Counseling Psychology, explained that she has “provided a sound empirical foundation for research with transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) populations, examining their development, coping, clinical issues, and most recently and importantly, clinical interventions.”
He continued: “She has made substantive and pioneering contributions to the understanding TGNC communities, overcoming many of the challenges facing research with these somewhat difficult to reach communities.”
The Early Career Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Counseling Psychology was established to honor distinguished professional contributions by an early career psychologist to counseling psychology. The award is made for an established record of the practice of and leadership in counseling psychology.