Wade F. Horn, Ph.D., is the Human Services Segment Leader for Deloitte’s State and Local Public Sector Practice where he is responsible for the overall performance of the Child Welfare, Child Care/Early Learning, Child Support, Integrated Eligibility, and Workforce & Employment market offerings. Prior to coming to Deloitte, Dr. Horn served from 2001 to 2007 as the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) where he oversaw over 60 federal programs with a total budget of $47 billion aimed at improving the well-being of children and helping families achieve self-sufficiency, including welfare, child welfare, adoption, child support, Head Start, child care, and refugee resettlement.
Dr. Horn also has served as Commissioner for Children, Youth and Families, and Chief of the Children's Bureau within HHS, and as a member of the National Commission on Children, the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities, the National Commission on Childhood Disability, the U.S. Advisory Board on Welfare Indicators, the U.S. Advisory Board on Kinship Care, and the U.S. Advisory Committee on Head Start Research and Evaluation. Dr. Horn also has extensive experience in the provision of direct services, including as Director of Outpatient Psychological Services at the Children's Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and co-director of Michigan State University’s Psychological Clinic, and was an adjunct faculty at Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute and an affiliate scholar with the Hudson Institute.
Dr. Horn has written numerous articles relevant to children and family issues, including a weekly newspaper column entitled Fatherly Advice, and is the co-author of several books including The Better Homes and Gardens New Father Book (Meredith Books, 1998) and the Better Homes and Gardens New Teen Book (Meredith Books, 1999). He is also the lead editor of The Fatherhood Movement: a Call to Action (Lexington Books, 1998).
Dr. Horn received his Ph.D. in clinical child psychology from Southern Illinois University in 1981. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife, and is the father of two adult daughters.