Seth Boughton graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2008 with a BA in Psychology and completed his MSW degree in 2013. He is currently working on completing his PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, School of Social Work with a focus on Innovative Human Trafficking Profiling, Intervention and Response Techniques. Prior to joining ONCAC on January, 16th 2018, he had worked as an on-call, on-site field mental health crisis professional – providing mental health screenings for youth presenting with suicidal/homicidal ideation and/or severe psychotic features. He has also served as a research intern for the National Children’s Alliance assisting in the development of their State-by-State, Regional, and National Census Reports.
Seth is proficient in a number of statistical methods and software. His doctoral training focuses on descriptive statistics, longitudinal database construction, and predictive modeling. In conjunction with data projects and technical support with individual CACs; he also produces annual OMS Reports, County Factbooks, and Community Risk and Resiliency Reports. By utilizing large-scale data tools, ONCAC membership is empowered to chart a path forward that capitalizes on both field/practical wisdom and concrete data regarding best practices and community impact.
Seth is highly focused and passionate regarding anti-trafficking efforts and the improvement of services for survivors of human trafficking. He has provided advanced trainings statewide and hosted the ONtarget Webinar Series twice, bringing together key innovators and practitioners in the field of Anti-Human Trafficking. His experience as a published anti-trafficking researcher and specialization in big-data analysis, in combination with his field experience as a crisis worker – including direct practice with youth survivors of human trafficking – inform his cooperative efforts to further expand services and build capacity within the Ohio CAC Network when identifying and working with child/youth survivors of human trafficking.