- Sexual and Gender Minority Health Equity
- Sexual and Gender Minority Religion and Spirituality
- Religious Settings, Religious Environment, and Structural Stigma
- Diversity Education and Social Justice Engagement
- Ecological Methods and Analysis
Dr. Todd will be considering graduate students as a primary research advisor for the Fall 2024.
In our Ecologies of Liberation Lab, we draw from ecological models to focus on the places, spaces, settings, and structures that maintain oppression and/or facilitate liberation. This ecological emphasis pushes beyond a sole focus on individuals to instead understand individuals in relation to their larger ecological contexts, and the dynamic interplay between individuals and their ecologies.
We are interested in how ecologies shape processes of oppression and liberation. We draw from community psychology and other liberation psychologies to consider liberation as a process of resisting oppression grounded in an analysis and transformation of social conditions. Taken together, we want to better understand how to create spaces and settings that catalyze liberation and resist oppression in the service of promoting wellbeing and social change. Our work also is intersectional in how we understand individuals, their multiple social group memberships, and their larger social ecologies.
We have two new lines of research:
- We are launching work to examine sexual and gender minority (SGM) spirituality and wellbeing under the umbrella of SGM health equity. In particular, we are interested in the multiple ways SGM people construct their spiritualities inside and outside of religious institutions, and furthermore how religious institutions and settings can better support SGM spirituality and wellbeing. As one example of this work, we are engaging with open and affirming religious congregations to understand the process of how congregations become and then sustain being open and affirming congregation. Integral to this work is an intersectional focus that incorporates a focus on gender, class, race and ethnicity, religious and spiritual diversity, and other facets of privilege and oppression.
- We are developing tools to assess religious environment to better understand how such religious environment may operate as a form of structural stigma contributing to sexual and gender minority health disparities. As an initial project, we are examining state-level indicators of religious environment to test how religious environment predicts and may moderate sexual and gender minority health disparities.
In other ongoing work, we examine:
- College campuses as a particular type of social setting, doing research to better understand campus efforts to promote diversity and inclusion. We work with campus partners to understand the impact of campus-diversity programming on diversity-related attitudes and behaviors.
- The ways in which religious settings such as congregations promote social justice engagement.
- How White students understand and respond to racism and White privilege.
- Attitudes related to racial microaggressions and colorblind ideology.
See our Research Page to learn more about our ongoing and future work.
- Ph.D. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
- M.A., Theology, from Fuller Theological Seminary
- M.A., Psychology, from Fuller Theological Seminary
- B.A., from the University of Oklahoma
- 2022 Louisville Institute Project Grants for Researchers. Understanding the Process of Becoming an LGBT Open and Affirming Congregation. N. Todd, Principal Investigator. $29,980 funded.
- 2012 Louisville Institute Project Grants for Researchers. Understanding Social Networks and Social Capital in Religious Congregations. N. Todd, Principal Investigator. $25,000 funded.
Awards and Honors
- Fellow, Society for Community Research and Action (APA Division 27), 2021
- Early Career Award, Society for Community Research and Action (APA Division 27), 2018
Blackburn, A. M., & Todd, N. R. (2023). Pride in our community: Reflecting on LGBTQ publications in the American Journal of Community Psychology. American journal of community psychology, 71(1-2), 158-165. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12618
Blevins, E. J., & Todd, N. R. (2022). Remembering where we're from: Community- and individual-level predictors of college students' White privilege awareness. American journal of community psychology, 70(1-2), 60-74. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12572
Yi, J., Todd, N. R., Blevins, E. J., & Wantland, R. A. (Accepted/In press). Colorblind Racial Ideology and Student Expectations and Reactions to a University-Sponsored Diversity Workshop. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. https://doi.org/10.1037/dhe0000430
Yi, J., Neville, H. A., Todd, N. R., & Mekawi, Y. (2022). Ignoring Race and Denying Racism: A Meta-Analysis of the Associations Between Colorblind Racial Ideology, Anti-Blackness, and Other Variables Antithetical to Racial Justice. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 70(3), 258-275. https://doi.org/10.1037/cou0000618
Yi, J., & Todd, N. R. (2022). Race, Campus Climate, and Social Change Behaviors for Asian American College Students. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 15(4), 453-465. https://doi.org/10.1037/dhe0000309