McWelling Todman, PhD

Associate Professor for Clinical Practice
Director, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Concentration
Department of Psychology
New School for Social Research
80 Fifth Ave, Room 618
New York, NY 10011


Dr. Todman is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the New School for Social Research (NSSR), and the Director of the Concentration in Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Dr. Todman is the former Chair of the Psychology Department at NSSR, and was also a former Director of Undergraduate Studies in Psychology at Eugene Lang College. Prior to coming to the NSSR, Dr. Todman was the Executive Director of the Columbia University CSS programs at the Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, and has served as a technical consultant to the Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration (SAMHSA), and as the ad hoc chair of numerous independent grant review panels for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). He also has served on the advisory review panel of the NYC governmental unit formerly known as Special Services for Children, and is currently an advisor or consultant to the boards and mangers of several community-based service organizations.

Research Interest

His research interests include: Intersection of Behavioral/Chemical addictions and Psychopathology, with particular emphasis on the impact of Boredom on course and severity.

Scientific Activities


• Marrow Prize for Dissertation Excellence, Graduate Faculty, New School (1986)
• Community Service Award, Trustees of Columbia University CSS (1996)
• Faculty Development Award -Research (6/2001-5/2002)


1. Krotava I, Todman M. Boredom Severity, Depression and Alcohol Consumption in Belarus. Journal of Psychology and Behavioral Science. 2014; 2(1).
2. Todman M. The dimensions of state boredom: Frequency, duration, unpleasantness, consequences and causal attributions. Educational Research International. 2013; 1(1): 32-40.
3. Todman M. Self-Regulation and Social Competence: Psychological Studies in Identity, Achievement and Work-Family Dynamics. Athens: ATNIER Press. 2009.
4. Rajaratnam R, Sivesind D, Todman M, Roane D, Seewald R. The Aging Methadone Paient: Treatment Adjustment, Long-Term Success and Quality of Life. Journal of Opioid Management. 2009; 5(1): 27-37.
5. Lehr E, Todman M. Boredom and Boredom Proneness in Children: Implications for Academic and Social Adjustment. In M.Todman (Ed.) Self-Regulation and Social Competence: Psychological Studies in Identity, Achievement and Work-Family Dynamics. Athens: ATNIER Press. 2009 ; 79-90.
6. Todman M, et al. Boredom in Schizoaffective Disorder and other Psychotic Conditions. Yip K. (Ed) Schizoaffective Disordesr: International Perspectives on Understanding, Intervention and Rehabilitation. New York: Nova Science Publications. 2008.
7. Todman M. Psychopathology and Boredom: A Neglected Association. Fanti KA.(Ed.) Psychological Science: Research, Theory and Future Directions. Athens: ATINER press. 2007.
8. Antonius D, Brown A, Todman M, Safran J. Integrating Science in Applied Psychology programs: A Student-Generated Journal. Teaching Psychology. 2007; 34(1): 31-34.
9. Todman M. Self Monitoring, Self Assessment and Discrepancies with Observer Ratings in Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder: A Strategy for Negotiating Change in Symptom Unawareness. Murray WH. (Ed). Schizoaffective Disorder: New Research. New York: Nova Science Publications. 2006; 1-34.
10. Sabrese J, Todman M. Intellectual Disabilities, Residential Care and Expressed Emotion: Functional Costs. Journal on Developmental Disabilities. 2004; 11(2): 43-52.
11. Todman M. Boredom and Psychotic Disorders: Cognitive and Motivational Issues. Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processe. 2003; 66(2): 146-167.
12. Doebrick C, Todman M. Schematic Processing of Cigarette Smoking and Drinking Information: Separate or Shared. Addictions Research and Theory. 2003; 11(5): 295-315. doi: 10.1080/1606635031000141085
13. Todman M, Leeds G, Garrett N. Symptom Monitoring: A Proposed Modification of the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS) for use With Chronically Psychotic Patients in a Therapeutic Milieu. Proceedings from the International Conference on Social Sciences, Honolulu HI. 2002.
14. Todman M, Dee GL, Taylor S. Attitude Toward Medication and Perceived Competence Among Chronically Psychotic Patients. Psychological Reports. 1997; 80: 809-810.
15. Jimenez J, Todman M, Perez M, Landon-Jimenez D. The Behavioral Treatment of Auditory Hallucinatory Responding of a Schizophrenic Patient. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry. 1996; 27: 299-310. doi: 10.1016/S0005-7916(96)00033-X
16. Todman M. Some Observations upon Perceptual Organization and the Mere Exposure Effect. Perceptual and Motor Skills. 1989; 69: 147-160. doi: 10.2466/pms.1989.69.1.147
17. Koval SR, Todman McW. Induced boredom constrains mindfulness: an online demonstration. Psychol Cogn Sci. 2015; 1(1): 1-9. 10.17140/PCSOJ-1-101