Betsy Goulet

Betsy Goulet, DPA, joined the Public Administration Faculty full time in August 2012.  In 1992 she began teaching as an adjunct instructor for UIS in the Human Services program and then began teaching in the MPA program in 2010.

In 1986 Dr. Goulet began working in the field of child sexual abuse, beginning with her first position as the victim advocate at a rape crisis center. She was the founding director of the Sangamon County Child Advocacy Center from 1989-1995 and organized the Illinois Chapter of Children’s Advocacy Centers, serving as that organization’s first president. From 1995 until June of 2002 Dr. Goulet was the Children’s Policy Advisor to the Illinois Attorney General.

Dr. Goulet trains nationally on child protection and child advocacy issues. After completing the Child Advocacy Studies curriculum faculty training in 2010, she developed the first completely online CAST certificate program and has now implemented CAST at UIS.

Dr. Goulet’s 2020 co-authored study with Dr. Theodore Cross, Yu-Ling Chiu, and Susan Evans entitled “Moving from Procedure to Practice: A Statewide Child Protection Simulation Training Model” appears in the Journal of Public Child Welfare. Her research with Dr. Ted Cross was published in a chapter entitled “What Will Happen to This Child If I Report? Outcomes of Reporting Child Maltreatment” in Mandatory Reporting Laws and the Identification of Severe Child Abuse and Neglect (2015), an international book on Mandated Reporting edited by Ben Matthews and Donald Bross.  She was also instrumental in the development and advocacy for the passage of legislation to require mandated reporter training for teachers.  Dr. Goulet is currently working on a book with a colleague which addresses mandated reporting practices in elementary schools.  Through a contract with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Dr. Goulet and her colleagues have developed a model for frontline training for child protection that emphasizes experiential learning. Dr. Goulet has been principal investigator for several grants related to child protection training.

A native of Springfield, Betsy has four grown children & seven grandchildren.

Betsy Goulet CV (DOCX)

Contact Info:

Office: PAD 423
Phone: (217) 206-8523


  • Principal Investigator: DCFS Training Grant with the Center for State Policy and Leadership (FY’15, FY’16, FY’17, FY’18, FY’19)
  • Principal Investigator: Federal SAMHSA Grant in partnership with University of Missouri St. Louis.
  • Principal Investigator: Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts Court Improvement Project State-wide Training Grant.

Recent Publications:

  • Goulet, B., Cross, T. P., Chiu, Y.L., & Evans, S. (2020). Moving from procedure to practice: A statewide child protection simulation training model.  Journal of Public Child Welfare.  Available here
  • Vieth, V., Goulet, B., Knox, M., Parker, J., Tye, K. & Cross, T.P. (2019). Child Advocacy Studies (CAST): A national movement to improve the undergraduate and graduate training of child protection professionals. Mitchell Hamline Law Review, 45(4) , Article 5. Available here
  • Cross, T. P., Goulet, B., Helton, J. J., Lux, E., & Fuller, T.  What will happen to this child if I report? Outcomes of reporting child maltreatment. In B. Matthews & D.C. Bross (eds.), Mandatory Reporting Laws and the Identification of Severe Child Abuse and Neglect (pp. 417-441). Springer Netherlands. Available here.