- EdD, Harvard University
- MA, University of Pennslyvania
- BA, Harvard College
Areas of Expertise
- Adolescent Development
- Gender Development
- Sexuality in Adolescence
- Women’s Sexuality
- Female Adolescent Depression and Self-esteem
- Human Behavior I, II and III,
- Casework I and II,
- Social Policy I, and II: Immigrants and Refugees
- Professional Seminar
- Tolman, D. (2012). Female adolescents, sexual empowerment and desire: A missing discourse of gender inequity. Sex Roles. 66 (3), Online First DOI 10.1007/s11199-012-0122-
- Tolman, D. (2011). Adolescent girls’ sexuality: The more things change, the more they stay the same. In S. Seidman, N. Fischer & C. Meeks, (Eds.), Introducing the New Sexuality Studies, Second Edition. New York: Routledge.
- Tolman, D. & McClelland, S. (2011). Normative sexuality development in adolescence: A decade in review, 2000-2009. Journal of Research on Adolescence 21(1), 242-255.
- Sorsoli, L. & Tolman, D. L. (2008). Hearing voices: Listening for multiplicity and movement in interview data. Invited contribution for S. Hesse-Biber and P. Leavy (Eds.), The Handbook of Emergent Methods in Psychological Research. New York: Guilford Press.
- Tolman, D. (2006). In a different position: Conceptualizing female adolescent sexuality development within compulsory heterosexuality. New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development. (L. Diamond, Ed.). Summer (112), 71-89.
- Gender Complementarity Study
Currently, Deborah Tolman is evaluating the complementary facets of gender in romantic adolescent teen relationships using a mixed-methods approach.
Deborah Tolman co-founded the research-driven, inter-generational movement of SPARK, a girl-fueled activist movement to demand an end to the sexualization of women and girls in media. SPARK collaborates with hundreds of girls ages 13-22 and more than 60 national organizations to reject the commodified, sexualized images of girls in media and support the development of girls' healthy sexuality and self-esteem. In the past year, SPARK has been featured in many major news outlets including the NYTimes, Fox News, CNN, CBS, the Huffington Post, and more. SPARK members recently won a major victory for girls when members convinced Seventeen magazine to stop altering the faces and bodies of models in their photographs. http://www.sparksummit.com