Frederick P. Buttell Tulane University

Frederick P. Buttell

Professor of Social Work


Ph.D., Social Work, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, 1997
MSW, Mental Health, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, 1993
BA, Psychology, Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, GA, 1991


Frederick Buttell, PhD, LCSW, BACS, is a tenured professor at the Tulane School of Social Work, where he teaches courses in clinical practice, HBSE, and research methods. He has twice been honored as the commencement speaker at the School of Social Work and was awarded the Tulane University Provost’s Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship in 2005. Since 2013, he has served as the chair for Tulane University Social/Behavioral IRB and was the founding Program Director for the Doctorate in Social Work. For nine years, Dr. Buttell served as the director for the Elizabeth Wisner Center for Research on Children and Families, a center that aims to support research in social work fields and address the problem of violence against women and families. Dr. Buttell is the co-editor of Women Who Perpetrate Relationship Violence: Moving Beyond Political Correctness (2005), published by Haworth Press. He has extensive experience in providing social work intervention services to clients in community-based correction programs and evaluating the effectiveness of those interventions. Dr. Buttell's research agenda focuses on improving family functioning through the elimination of domestic violence. His primary expertise involves improving the effectiveness of batterer intervention programs. Most recently, he has been publishing on the intersection between IPV and LGBTQ offenders and ethical considerations of conducting research in a post-disaster context


Buttell, F, Carney M, eds. Women Who Perpetrate Relationship Violence: Moving Beyond Political Correctness. New York: Haworth Press; 2005. (Published simultaneously in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. 41(4):1-31. doi: 10.1300/J076v41n04_01).

Ferreira R, Buttell F, Elmhurst K. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill: resilience in the aftermath of post-disaster intimate partner violence. Journal of Family Social Work. 2018;21(1): 22-44. doi: 10.1080/10522158.2017.1402531.

Hamel J, Ferreira RJ, Buttell F. Gender and batterer intervention: implications of a program evaluation for policy and treatment. Research On Social Work Practice. 2017;27(4): 405-412. doi: 10.1177/1049731515577451.