Suzanne Button

Policy Fellow

Dr. Suzanne Button is a Policy Fellow at Chapin Hall and Director of the CANS-NY Training and Technical Assistance Institute. Button supports effective organizational implementation of Transformational Collaborative Outcomes Management (TCOM) in diverse mental health, social service, and educational systems.

Prior to coming to Chapin Hall, Button was the Assistant Executive Director for Quality & Clinical Outcomes with Astor Services for Children and Families, a large mental health, education, and social service agency in New York State. In that role, Button was responsible for implementing, monitoring, and sustaining large-scale procedural and practice changes across the agency. Button consulted, trained, and published nationally on such subjects as effective evidence-based practice implementation in public service systems, use of the CANS in treatment planning and TCOM, the use of technology to transform clinical practice, and the infusion of collaboration into work with marginalized children and families. Button also provided consultation to public, private, and residential treatment schools on data use and program improvement, brain-based educational practices, and best practices in educational assessment. She served on multiple workgroups in support of youth indicator and consumer satisfaction survey development for the New York State Office of Mental Health.

Button holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and a Master of Education from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education. She received her BS in Psychology and Biology from Hunter College of the City of New York.

PhD in Clinical Psychology, University of Virginia Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Masters in Education, University of Virginia Curry School of Education

BS in Psychology and Biology, Hunter College of the City of New York

Button, S., Fernando, A., & Hougen, T. (2017, October). Attending to Progress: Facilitating Person-Centered Transformation with TCOM Information at the Practice Level. Workshop conducted at the 13th annual TCOM Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Button, S. (2017, August). Transformational Collaborative Outcomes Management for executive level leadership. Workshop presented at the 2017 Texas Health and Human Services Commission Annual Behavioral Health Institute, Austin, TX.

Button, S. (2017, August). Introduction to Transformational Outcomes Management and the TCOM suite of tools. Workshop presented at the 2017 Texas Health and Human Services Commission Annual Behavioral Health Institute, Austin, TX.

Button, S., & Channer, D. (2016, October). Learning collaboratives. Presentation delivered at the 12th annual TCOM Conference, Princeton, NJ.

Button, S., & Fernando, A. (2016, October). Transforming together: Learning collaboratives in the dissemination of TCOM. Presentation delivered at the 12th annual TCOM Conference, Princeton, NJ.

Button, S., & Winter, C. (2014, November). Golden thread or golden fleece?: Exploring the opportunity to transform care through digital outcomes. Seminar presented at the 10th Annual CANS Conference, Chicago, IL.

Winter, C., & Button, S. (2014, June). From idea to reality: Using outcomes management and client data to transform lives. Knowledge partner session conducted at the Open Minds Annual Planning and Innovation Institute, New Orleans, LA.

Bickman, L., Sexton, T., & Button, S. (2013, March). The use of technology to improve outcomes. Symposium presented at the 26th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference, Tampa, FL.

Button, S., & McGuirk, J. (2012, April). Beyond EBP’s: Using science, culture change and collaboration to improve outcomes for children. Workshop presented at the 42nd Annual National Council for Community Mental Health Care’s Mental Health and Addictions Conference, Chicago, IL.

Button, S. (2010, September). Cultural transformation in child and family services: Traditional and non-traditional approaches to organizational change. Keynote presented at the Fall 2010 California Alliance of Child & Family Services Executive’s Conference, Indian Wells, CA.

Button, S. (2005, October). Transforming culture and attitude: Using collaboration to effect program change. Plenary session conducted at “Cultivating Families and Children,” the 49th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Children’s Residential Centers, Pasadena, CA.

Button, S., McClinton, D., & Heresniak, R. (2005, April). From control to collaboration: Using participatory decision making to effect program change. Workshop conducted at “Achieving the Balance: Best Practice for Managing Challenging Behavior,” the Second International Conference of the Residential Child Care Project, Cornell University, Dublin, Ireland.

CANS Individual Outcomes Champion. (2010, November). Received at the 6th annual TCOM Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Boyer, S. N., Hallion, L. S., Hammell, C. L., & Button, S. (2009). Trauma as a predictive indicator of clinical outcome in residential treatment. Residential Treatment For Children & Youth, 26(2), 92-104. doi:10.1080/08865710902872978

Button, S., & Hallion, L. (2009). Data are not mysterious: Understanding, applying, and conducting psychotherapy outcomes studies. In A. Drewes (Ed.), Blending play therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy(pp. 71-96). New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Douglas, S., Button, S., & Casey, S. E. (2014). Implementing for sustainability: Promoting use of a measurement feedback system for innovation and quality improvement. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 43(3), 286-291. doi:10.1007/s10488-014-0607-8

McGuirk, J., & Button, S. (2012). Commentary: Improving children’s services: Building partnerships between providers and researchers. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 40(1), 42-45. doi:10.1007/s10488-012-0458-0

Nichols, M., Button, S., Hoople, K., & Lappan, L. (2016). Early identification, palliative care, and prevention of psychotic disorders in children and youth. Brooklyn, NY: American Mental Health Foundation Books.