Richard M. Tolman

Professor 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


Personal Home Page

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

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

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.

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

Saunders, D., Faller, K., & Tolman, R. (2010). 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.

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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