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UHC Lecture Series 2010 11) Lynn C. Todman, Ph.D.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 · 6:30 PM

11. Lynn C. Todman, Ph.D.

Lecturer: Lynn C. Todman, Ph.D.
Date/time: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 6:30pm
Location: J. Merlo Branch of the Chicago Public Library
644 W. Belmont Avenue, 60657 (map)
Cost: FREE!

Lecture topic

Social Determinants of Mental Health

Dr. Todman will discuss the use of Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) to help ensure that the social and economic environment — where we are “born, grow, live, work and age” — supports good community mental health. Through her discussion we will learn some of the ways in which the urban environment, in particular, is highly influential in determining mental health outcomes.

Lecturer’s Bio

Lynn C. Todman, Ph.D. is the director of the Institute on Social Exclusion (ISE) at the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL. Dr. Todman earned a B.A. from Wellesley College, and a Master’s in City Planning (M.C.P) and a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Dr. Todman’s work focuses on the ways in which social, political and economic structures systematically marginalize urban population and is multidisciplinary drawing on the fields of economics, political science, sociology, public health, psychology and systems’ dynamics.

She has lived and worked in Sweden, Belgium, the United Kingdom, and most recently in Italy where she worked with urban sociologists and planners investigating the relationship between urban transport policy and social exclusion, the resulting implications for social welfare, and the role of community participation in urban development processes.

Outside of work, Dr. Todman is on the boards of Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights; the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law Center; the Corporation Visiting Committee for the Department of Social Sciences at MIT; the Advisory Board of MIT’s Center for International Studies; and the Board of Regents of Loyola University of Chicago. Dr. Todman was recently appointed by the Michigan Senate Majority Leader to co-chair the Benton Harbor School District Promise Zone. She was also recently appointed to the City of Chicago Community Development Commission.


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