Deborah Tolman

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EdD, Human Development and Psychology, Harvard University

Dr. Tolman has a joint appointment in Social Welfare, which is the doctoral program jointly located at the GC and Hunter College School of Social Work, and the Critical SP program. Dr. Tolman’s research is on adolescent sexuality, specifically the “unmentionables” around pleasure as well as danger, agency as well as prevention for girls. In recent years, her research has been around desire for connection as well as embodied sexual feelings for boys (all sexualities), gender (understood as ideologies) and its development, sexualization of girls and women, and how sexuality, relationships and negotiation of popular culture, youth culture and adult fears and notions are interwoven over the course of adolescence.

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