Larry Small is a Policy Fellow at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Dr. Small is a clinical psychologist with expertise in child welfare policy and practice. His work at Chapin Hall is in building the capacity of public and private child welfare agencies in various states and jurisdictions to advance the implementation and sustainability of evidence-informed policies and practices. Specifically, Dr. Small is supporting leaders and systems in their efforts to improve outcomes regarding child safety, permanency and well-being through family-centered, trauma-informed, strength-based practice. With a team of research and policy experts at Chapin Hall, Dr. Small is working to design and integrate actionable system improvement plans, build and sustain state and local high performing implementation teams, align state and local policy, and identify cost savings and strategic reinvestment opportunities.
Prior to coming to Chapin Hall, Dr. Small served as Deputy Director for the Division of Clinical Practice & Professional Development with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, where he was primarily responsible for implementing and overseeing key clinical programs and child welfare initiatives including the Department’s Trauma-Informed Practice model, Integrated Assessment Program, Trauma Evidence-based Provider Credentialing Project, and the Office of Training. Dr. Small also served as Project Director for a federal grant which used a trauma-focused psychoeducational model to reduce risk of long-term foster care.
Dr. Small holds a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and a B.A. in Music Therapy from DePaul University.