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Richard M. Tolman

Sheldon D. Rose Collegiate Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work

Richard M. Tolman

Richard M. Tolman, LMSW, PhD, is a professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. He received his doctorate in social welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his MSW from the University of Michigan. Professor Tolman's work focuses on the effectiveness of interventions designed to change violent and abusive behavior, and the impact of violence on the physical, psychological and economic well-being of victims He began his work in this area as a practitioner working with men who batter in 1980. His current projects include research on the impact of and prevention of abuse during pregnancy and involvement of men and boys as allies to end men's violence against women. He is currently co-Director of the Global Research Program on Mobilizing Men for Violence Prevention, a collaborative project between the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota.

Professor Tolman teaches primarily in the interpersonal practice sequence. He also co-teaches a course focusing on community empowerment through creative expression. He is engaged in several projects, overlapping dimensions of research, teaching and service, that focus on the use of creative arts in social work efforts.

Research Interests/Focus

Group work and family violence, interpersonal practice.


Year Degree   School
1984 PhD Social Welfare University of Wisconsin, Madison
1979 MSW Interpersonal Practice University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1975 BS Communication Studies Northwestern University, Evanston, IL


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Reed, L., Tolman, R. M., & Ward, M. (2016). Snooping and sexting: Digital abuse in a dating context. Violence Against Women.

Yoshihama, M. & Tolman, R. M. (2015). Using interactive theater to create socioculturally relevant community-based intimate partner violence prevention. American Journal of Community Psychology, 55(1-2), 136-147.

Garvin, C. D., & Tolman, R. M. (2015). Group Work Research. Pocket Guides to Social Work Research Methods Series.

Reed, L., Tolman, R. M., & Safyer, P. (2015). Too close for comfort: Attachment insecurity and electronic intrusion in college students' dating relationships. Computers in Human Behavior, 50, 431-438.

Saunders, D. G., Faller, K. C., & Tolman, R. M. (2015). Beliefs and recommendations regarding child custody and visitation in cases Involving domestic violence: A comparison of professionals in different roles. Violence Against Women. Sage Journals.

Singh, V., Tolman, R. M., & Cunningham, R. (2014). Male aggression associations with health symptoms and prior family violence. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 27(5), 661-668.

Swain, J. Dayton, C. J., Kim, P., Ho, S. S., Tolman, R. M., & Volling, B. L. (2014). Progress on the paternal brain. Infant Mental Health Journal, 35 (5), 394-408.

van Anders, S., Tolman, R. M., & Gayarati, J. (2014). Examining how infant interactions impact men's hormones, affect, and aggression using the Michigan Infant Nurturance Simulation Paradigm. Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice about Men as Fathers.

Neugut, T., Tolman, R. M., Singh, V., Palladino, C., & Davis, R. (2014). Moving up the 'magic moment': Fathers' experience of prenatal ultrasound. Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice about Men as Fathers.

Saunders, D. G., Tolman, R. M., & Faller, K. C. (2013). Factors associated with child custody evaluators' recommendations in cases of intimate partner violence. Journal of Family Psychology, 27, 473-483.

Kimball, E., Edleson, J. L., Neugut, T. B., Tolman, R. M., & Carlson, J. (2013). Global efforts to engage men in preventing violence against women: An international survey. Violence Against Women, Vol19(7), 924-939.

Storer, H., Casey, E., Carlson, J., Edleson, J., & Tolman, R. M. (2013). Primary prevention is ?: A global perspective on how organizations that partner with men in combating gender-based violence conceptualize and operationalize primary prevention in their work on violence against women. Violence Against Women.

Kimball, E. T., Edleson, J., Tolman, R. M., Neugut, T., & Carlson, J. (2013). Global efforts to engage men in preventing violence against women: an international survey. Violence Against Women, 19(7), 924-939.

Casey, E. A., Carlson, J. C., Fraguela-Rios, C., Kimball, E., Neugut, T., Tolman, R. M., & Edleson, J. (2013). Context, challenges, and tensions in global efforts to engage men in the prevention of violence against women: An ecological analysis. Men and Masculinities, 16(2), 228-251.

Lee, S. J., Neugut, T., Rosenblum, K L., Tolman, R. M., Travis, W. J., & Walker, M. H. (2013). Sources of parenting support in early fatherhood: Perspectives of United States Air Force members. Children and Youth Services Review, 35, 908-915.

Adams, A E., Bybee, D., Tolman, R. M., Sullivan, C. M., & Kennedy, A. C. (2013). Does job stability mediate the relationship between intimate partner violence and mental health among low-income women? American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.

Adams, A., E., Greeson, Kennedy, A. C., & Tolman, R. M. (2013). The effects of adolescent intimate partner violence on women's educational attainment and earning in adulthood. Journal of Intimate Partner Violence.

Maxwell, N., Scourfield, J., Featherstone, B., Holland, S., & Tolman, R. M. (2012). Engaging fathers in child welfare services: A narrative review of recent research evidence. Child and Family Social Work, 17, 160-169.

Van Anders, S., Tolman, R. M, & Volling, B. (2012). Baby cries and nurturance affect testosterone in men. Hormones and Behavior, 61(1), 31-36.

Scourfield, J., Tolman, R. M., Maxwell, N., Holland, S., Bullock, A., & Sloan, L. (2012). Results of a training course for social workers on engaging fathers in child protection. Children and Youth Services Review, 34(8), 1425-1432.

Saunders, D., Faller, K., & Tolman, R. (2011). Child Custody Evaluators’ Beliefs About Domestic Abuse Allegations:Their Relationship to Evaluator Demographics, Background, Domestic Violence Knowledge and Custody-Visitation Recommendations. Final Technical Report Submitted to the National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice.

Kernsmith, P., & Tolman, R. M. (2011). Attitudinal correlates of girls' use of violence in teen dating relationships. Violence Against Women.

Carlson, J., Casey, E., Kimball, E., Neugut, T., Tolman, R. M., & Edelson, J. (2010). Strategies to engage men and boys in violence prevention: A global organizational perspective. Violence Against Women.

Tolman, R. M., & Edleson, J. (2010). Intervening with men for violence prevention. In C. M. Renzetti, J. L. Edleson, & R. Kennedy Bergen (Eds.), Sourcebook on Violence Against Women (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications Inc.

Neugut, T., Edleson, J., & Tolman, R. M. (2010). Children exposed to domestic violence: Prevention approaches. In S. Alexander, R. Alexander, & N. Guterman (Ed.), Prevention of Child Maltreatment. G.W. Medical Publishing.

Tolman, R. M., Himle, J., Bybee, D., Abelson, J., Hoffman, J., & Van Etten-Lee, M. (2009). Impact of social anxiety disorder on employment among women receiving welfare benefits. Psychiatric Services, 60, 61-66.

Fitch, D., Peet, M., Reed, B. G., & Tolman, R. (2008). The use of ePortfolios in evaluating the curriculum and student learning. Journal of Social Work Education, 44(3), 37-54.

Black, B. M., Tolman, R. M., Callahan, M., Saunders, D. G., & Weisz, A. (2008). When will adolescents tell someone about dating violence victimization? Violence Against Women, 14, 741-758.

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