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Jeff Todahl

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Contact Info

Office Location: 
245 HEDCO Education Building 5251 University of Oregon Eugene, OR 97403-5251
Phone: 
541-346-0919
Director, Center for the Prevention of Abuse and Neglect
Education: 
B.A., Western Washington University, 1985
M.S., Community Counseling, Seattle Pacific, 1989
Ph.D., Interdivisional Program in Marriage and the Family/Family Therapy, Florida State University, 1995
Research and Outreach Unit(s): 

Dr Todahl is an Associate Professor in the Couples and Family Therapy Program (Counseling Psychology and Human Services Department) and Director 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.

His research centers around violence prevention and community engagement as a vehicle for reducing child abuse (see 90by30 Initiative). He is the primary investigator of several studies that investigated the complexities of intimate partner violence (IPV), IPV universal screening, and IPV and couples therapy, and is co-investigator of a clinical trial examining a prevention-oriented model for new parent couples. He is a research partner in a community-based participatory action research project that engages survivors of abuse and neglect in the research process.

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 our 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 development of a county-wide plan for child abuse prevention.

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.