UW–Madison’s Budge is elected Fellow of American Psychological Association

UW–Madison’s Stephanie Budge was recently elected as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA).

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Budge is an associate professor in the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology. She is also the faculty director of the Advancing Health Equity and Diversity program in the UW–Madison School of Medicine and Public Health.

According to the APA website: “Fellow status is an honor bestowed upon APA members who have shown evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology. Fellow status requires that a person’s work has had a national impact on the field of psychology beyond a local, state, or regional level.”

Budge founded the Trans CARE Collaborative in 2014 — the collaborative is a group of scholars and community advocates who work together to improve research focused on Two-spirit, transgender, and nonbinary (2STNB) people. Her research focuses on improving of medical and psychotherapy treatments (and access to care) for 2STNB clients. She provides clinical trainings nationally and internationally related to LGBTQ issues, focusing on practitioners’ self-efficacy, knowledge, awareness, and skills.

At UW–Madison, Budge promotes 2STNB advocacy on campus by providing workshops to students, faculty, and staff related to navigating gender identity within a university environment. As a licensed psychologist, she provides pro-bono psychological services to 2STNB youth and adults.

In Budge’s notice letter she was told: “You can take deep personal and professional satisfaction from this special recognition by your peers. The field of psychology is certainly enhanced by your diligent work and commitment, and the public is better served.”