Maureen Todd, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Maureen Todd, Ph.D.

Contact Info

College of Liberal Arts
Room 2230


Ph.D., Family Science,
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy,
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

B.A., Psychology, University of Wyoming

Areas of Expertise

The education about and advancement of non-traditional families

Qualitative research methods, design, and analysis

Family strengths

Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender families and youth

Family gender roles


Dr. Todd joined the Department of Family Studies and Community Development in 2011. She received a Ph.D. in Family Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2011.

Dr. Todd’s primary interests are on the family relationships of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ) persons and how families understand and negotiate sexual and gender identity as a unit. Within this main research area, Dr. Todd is focused specifically on 1) sexual identity development of LGBT youth, 2) family relationships throughout the transition process, 3) family perceptions of bisexual and/or pansexual identity, and 4) qualitative methodologies related to underserved populations. Pursuant to these research interests, Dr. Todd has worked with both individuals who identify within the LGBT spectrum and their family members focusing on three developmental areas: 1) LGBT youth and their families, 2) romantic relationships of LGBT persons, and 3) LGBT families and their children.

Selected Publications and Presentations

Selected Publications

Todd, M.E., Oravecz, L., & Vejar, C. (2016). Biphobia in the Family Context: Experiences and Perceptions of Bisexual Individuals. Journal Of Bisexuality, 16(2), 144-162. doi:10.1080/15299716.2016.1165781

Hackl, A., Becker, A.B., & Todd, M.E. (2016). “I am Chelsea Manning.” Comparison of gendered representation of Private Manning in US and international newspapers. Journal of Homosexuality, 63(4), 467-486. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2015.1088316

Becker, A.B. & Todd, M.E. (2015). Changing perspectives? Public opinion, perceptions of discrimination, and feelings toward the family. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 19, 1-19. doi: 10.1080/1550428X.2015.1010055

Becker, A. & Todd, M. E. (2013). A new American family? Public opinion toward family status and perceptions of the challenges faced by children of gay and lesbian parents. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 9, 425-448. doi: 10.1080/1550428X.2013.822841

Quach, A, Todd, M.E., Willis Hepp, B., & Doneker Mancini, K. (2013) Conceptualizing sexual identity development: Implications for LGB Chinese International Students. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 9(3), 254-272. doi: 10.1080/1550428X.2013.781908


Selected Presentations

Becker, A. & Todd, M.E. (2015, May). Changing Perspectives? Public Opinion, Perceptions of Discrimination, and Feelings towards the Family. Panel Presentation at the International Communication Association annual conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Todd, M.E., Oravecz, L., & Vejar, C. (2014, November). Bisexuality: Family Perceptions and Experiences. Poster presented at the National Council on Family Relations annual conference, Baltimore, MD.

Todd, M.E., Hall, D. (2014, November). Effects of Emotional Well-Being and Religiosity on Outness of LGBT People of Color. Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations annual conference, Baltimore, MD.


National Council on Family Relations

Courses Taught

  • FMST 301 - Family Relationships
  • FMST 302 - Family Theories
  • FMST 305 - Parent-Child Relationships Across the Lifespan
  • FMST 310 - LGBT Families