Title/s: Adjunct Professor
Specialty Area: ChildLaw (Online)
Amanda M. Walsh is an attorney and social worker with expertise in social determinants of health, mental health, and children’s health policy. Currently, she is the Director of the Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership, where she leads statewide experts, legislators, and state agencies in collaboration building and policy development and monitoring around child and family wellbeing. Prior to her current role, Amanda was a staff attorney at the Legal Council for Health Justice, where she started through an Equal Justice Works Fellow. There she established Illinois’ first pediatric behavioral health medical-legal partnership at Mt. Sinai Hospital’s Under the Rainbow (UTR) outpatient clinic, designed to collaboratively improve behavioral health outcomes and address the social determinants of health for children and families living in poverty. Using a trauma-informed approach, Amanda practiced in the areas of special education, school discipline, public benefits, child welfare, immigration, and family law.
Amanda has multiple publications and presentations addressing local, state, and national policies related to the mental health and well-being of children and families. She also serves as Treasurer on the Executive Board of the Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health.
She received her law degree (J.D.) from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she completed certificates in Child and Family Law and Public Interest Law and was a Civitas ChildLaw Fellow. She also obtained her Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Health Law and Policy as well as a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) in Mental Health from Loyola.