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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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Year Description
2019 School of Social Work Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award for Undoing Racism Work Group
1984-1986 National Institute of Mental Health Research Post-Doctoral Fellowship, The University of Chicago, The School of Social Service Administration, Chicago, IL.
1983 University Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI.

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