Lynn Todman, Ph.D. Chicago Campus
"I give students the theoretical and empirical
information they need to develop ideas about how
the social world works." Lynn Todman, Ph.D.
Lynn Todman, Ph.D.
Vice President, Leadership in Social Justice
Executive Director, Institute on Social Exclusion
With my background in urban planning, I specialize in the areas of social exclusion, community development, urban poverty, and urban health.
My philosophy is to give students the theoretical and empirical information they need to develop their own ideas about how the social world works. This helps them determine where the most effective points of intervention are and how to best engage in the process of social change. Adler is the right place to do such work. With our mission of social justice and a multidisciplinary teaching staff, students are able to see the world through different lenses and can form an interesting body of knowledge from which to tap as practicing professionals.
- Ph.D., Urban and Regional Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- MCP (Master of City Planning), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- B.A., Art History and Architecture, Wellesley College
Current Board and Committee Memberships:
- Racial & Ethnic Impact Task Force, created by the REI Act (Illinois state SB 2271/PA 97-0433)
- Community Development Commission, City of Chicago (2010-present) – Mayoral Appointment
- MIT Corporation Visiting Committee for the Department of Social Sciences (2009- present)
- MIT Center for International Studies Advisory Board (2009-present)
- Heartland Alliance for Human Rights and Human Needs (2005-present) – Vice Chair
- Sergeant Shriver National Center of Poverty Law (2010- present)
- Women’s Initiative – Founding Board member of Chicago Office (2011 – present)
- Benton Harbor Promise Zone Authority (2010-present) – Co-Chair by appointment of the Speaker of the House of the Michigan Legislature
- Todman, Hricisak, and Taylor. (in press). Mental Health Impact Assessment: Population Mental Health in Englewood, Chicago, Illinois, USA". Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal.
- Todman and Mansager. "Social justice: An Adlerian perspective and literature review." Adlerian Society (UK) and the Institute for Individual Psychology Year Book. January 2011.
- Hotez, P., McDonald, M., Stillwaggon, E., & Todman, L. (2010). Conference summary of "National Summit on Neglected Infections of Poverty in the United States." Emerging Infectious Diseases.
- Todman, L. (2009). Citizen participation in the United States.” In Cities, health and safety: planning tools for sustainable cities. Department of Architecture and Planning, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy.
- Todman L. C., Taylor J. S., Cochrane K., Arbaugh-Korotko, J., Berger J., Burt, Caponi, Houston, Hahn, & Mandeleew. (2009). Social exclusion indicators for the United States. Journal of Individual Psychology, 65(4), 330–359.
- “Health Impact Assessment in Chicago”. Health Through Planning. Metropolitan Planning Council. December 2011. (Presentation and Training).
- “Place Matters: A Conversation about Rural America and Social Determinants”. Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series. November 2011.
- “Mental Health Impact Assessment: A Tool for Achieving Equity”. PolicyLink Equity Summit: Healthy Communities, Strong Regions, and a Prosperous America. November 2011.
- “Social Exclusion”. Social Issues Affecting Homeless Students. Chicago Public Schools. November 2011
- “New Topics in HIA: Integrating Mental Health Considerations into Health Impact Assessment”. HIA of the Americas. October 2011.
- “Mental Health Effects of Unemployment”. Council of Advisors to Reduce Recidivism through Employment, Safer Foundation. October 2011.
- “Health Impact Assessment: A practice for ensuing health in all policies”. Partners In Action Online Conference: Communities Addressing Critical Health Issues. September 2011.
- “Empty Places: The Economic and Social Cost of Emptiness.” National Public Radio affiliate – WBEZ Chicago. Changing Gears. November. 2011.
- “Bridging Social & Economic Gaps”. Michigan Public Radio. November 2011.
- “A National Model: Adler Institute on Social Exclusion”. SAMHSA Center for Acceptance, Dignity and Social Inclusion. November 2011.
- “Depiction of Englewood isn't fair.” Chicago Sun-Times. October 2011.
- “The Social Determinants of Mental Health.” The SES Indicator. American Psychological Association. August 2011.
- Public Testimony – The Mental Health Effects of Abandoned Housing. Chicago City Council. Joint Committee on Housing and Real Estate and Zoning. July 2011.
- “Research Project Will Highlight Mental Health Impact of Policy Decisions”. Mental Health Weekly. February 2011.
- Noise: Hard on the Ears. Hard on Health? NBC News. February 2011.