Deborah Tolman

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EdD, Human Development and Psychology, Harvard University

Dr. Tolman has a joint appointment in Critical Social/Personality Psychology at the Graduate Center and the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at Hunter College. 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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