UMass Boston

Lydia Todd

Associate Lecturer


Ms. Todd has worked in criminal justice and human service systems in Massachusetts for 35 years, and loves facilitating learning for tomorrow's practitioners. Her lived experience as a "DCF kid" and as a mother of five gives her a unique perspective on social services; her background as an Air Force medical service corps officer sparked her focus on disparities in system delivery. She enjoys helping students match their passion to next steps post graduation. 

Area of Expertise

Leading, strategic planning, organizational change and development, writing, grants and proposals, research, speaking, curriculum development and teaching, operational trouble-shooting, addressing disparities, accreditation, licensing and planning for residential facilities, coalition and consensus building, policy, advocacy, systems, taking out trash, whatever it takes. Experience serving the mental health, child welfare, juvenile justice, criminal justice and corrections communities; experience with children, adolescents and adults in government and non-profit human service settings.


B.S., Social Psychology, Park University

M.A., Applied Sociology, UMass/Boston

M.A./M.Phil., Sociology, Yale University

Additional Information

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