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Biography

Dr. Todahl is an Associate Professor and the director for the Couples and Family Therapy Program (Counseling Psychology and Human Services Department) and co-Director and Director of Research of the Center for the Prevention of Abuse and Neglect. He has served as Director of the University’s Center for Family Therapy, as Director of the Couples and Family Therapy Graduate Program, and as CPHS Interim Department Head.

Todahl has served as a research consultant for numerous organizations, including the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force, the Trauma Healing Project, and the Lane County Legal Aid Domestic Violence Clinic.  He co-authored the Greenbook Initiative concept paper and grant application that funded Lane County as one of eight U.S. national demonstration sites. This grant was instrumental in improving Lane County’s local effort to coordinate IPV services, and particularly juvenile justice, child welfare, and IPV victim/survivor and perpetrator service systems. He was co-investigator of the supervised visitation and exchange program evaluation (now Kids Connecting) and co-investigator of a community-based participatory action research study with the Trauma Healing Project. His current research activities include the Oregon Prevalence Study (child abuse and neglect rates), an evaluation of Stewards of Children (child sexual abuse prevention), the Child Abuse Prevention Climate Survey (Lane County, Whatcom County comparator), and an effort to reduce child abuse by 90% in one U.S. county. For further information, please see K(no)w More Lane County.

Todahl is active in the local community. He has served on the Board of Directors for Womenspace and Ophelia’s Place, on the Trauma Healing Project’s (THP) Research Team Advisory Committee, on the Kids First Safe Alternatives Center Advisory Committee, as Chair of the Court Watch Project Steering Committee, on the Oregon Safety-Focused, High Conflict Parenting Plan Workgroup, as a curriculum contributor to the Oregon State Regional Judicial Training on Domestic Violence, as an Advisory Committee member with the Womenspace Community Engagement Project, and as a member of the Lane County Prevention and Wellness Fund Advisory Committee.