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Tomi-Ann Roberts

Professor, Chair

Twitter: PeriodicallyUrs

Professor of Psychology: 1998-present
First year at Colorado College: 1993

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Research Interests

Social psychology of emotion, gender, and the body; psychological consequences of the sexual objectification of women and girls; gender differences in self-evaluation, self-conscious emotions, perceptions of bodily states; philosophy of emotions; psychological components of women’s reproductive health; positive psychology of mirth, enjoyment, awe and wonder.

President, Society for Menstrual Cycle Research:

2005-2009, Member: APA Presidential Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls.

U by Kotex Advocate: "Helping women and girls feel good about their bodies."

Representative Publications & Presentations

Journal Articles

Schiffer, L.P. & Roberts, T-A. (2017). The paradox of happiness: Why are we not doing what we know makes us happy? The Journal of Positive Psychology, 13, 252-259.

Wagenmakers, E.-J., . . . Holmes, K. J., Jones, J. L. H., . . .Roberts, T-A,… Shea-Shumsky, N. B., et al. (2016). Registered replication report: Strack, Martin, & Stepper (1988). Perspectives on Psychological Science, 11, 917-928.

Kozak, M., Roberts, T-A, & *Patterson, K. (2014). She stoops to conquer? How posture interacts with self-objectification and status to impact women’s affect and performance. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 38, 414-424.

Dunnavant, N. & Roberts, T-A (2013). Restriction and renewal, pollution and power, constraint and community: The paradoxes of religious women’s attitudes toward menstruation. Sex Roles, 68, 121-131.

Fredrickson, B.L., Roberts, T-A., Noll, S., O’Barr, J.F. & Hendler, L. (2011). Bringing the body back: A retrospective on the development of objectification theory. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 35, 689-696.

Kozak, M., Frankenhauser, H. & Roberts, T-A. (2009). Objects of desire: Objectification as a function of male sexual orientation. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 10, 225-230.

Roberts, T-A & Arefi-Afshar, Y. (2007). Not all who stand tall are proud: Gender differences in the proprioceptive effects of upright posture. Cognition and Emotion, 21, 714-727.

Roberts, T-A & Gettman, J.Y. (2004). Mere exposure: Gender differences in the negative effects of priming a state of self-objectification. Sex Roles, 51, 17-27.

Fredrickson, B.L., Roberts, T-A., Noll, S.M., Quinn, D.M., & Twenge, J.M. (1998). That swimsuit becomes you: Sex differences in self-objectification, restrained eating, and math performance. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 75, 269-285.

Fredrickson, B.L. & Roberts, T-A. (1997). Objectification theory: Toward understanding women's lived experience and mental health risks. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 21, 173-206.

Edited Book Chapters

Roberts, T-A., Calogero, R.M. & Gervais, S.J. (2018). Objectification Theory’s continuing contribution to feminist psychology. In J. White and C. Travis (Eds.), APA Handbook of the Psychology of Women (pp. 249-271). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Roberts, T-A. (2016). Mind the thigh gap: Bringing feminist psychological science to the masses. In T-A. Roberts, N. Curtin, L.E. Duncan & L.M. Cortina (Eds.), Feminist Perspectives on Building a Better Psychological Science of Gender. New York, NY: Springer.

Roberts, T-A. (2016). Objectification theory model of eating disorders. In T.Wade (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Feeding and Eating Disorders. New York, NY: Springer

Goldenberg, J. L., Roberts, T-A., Morris, K. L., & Cooper, D. P. (2013). Monstrously mortal: Women’s bodies, existential threat, and women’s health risks. In M. K. Ryan and N. R. Branscombe (Eds) Sage Handbook of Gender and Psychology (pp. 397-411). Los Angeles, CA: Sage.

Roberts, T-A. & Waters, P.L. (2012). The gendered body project: Motivational components of objectification theory. In R. Ryan (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Human Motivation (pp. 323-334). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. 

Goldenberg, J.L. & Roberts, T-A. (2011). The birthmark: An existential account of the objectification of women. In R.M. Calogero, S.Tantleff-Dunn, & J.K. Thompson (Eds.), Self-Objectification in women: Causes, consequences, and counteractions (pp. 77-99) .Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association Press. 

Roberts, T-A & Fredrickson, B.L. (2007). Objectification theory. In R.F. Baumeister & K.D. Vohs (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Social Psychology (pp. 631-633). Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications.

Roberts, T-A & Goldenberg, J.G. (2007). Wrestling with nature: An existential perspective on the body and gender in self-conscious emotions. In J.L. Tracy, R.W. Robins & J.P. Tangney (Eds.), The Self-Conscious Emotions: Theory and Research. New York: Guilford Publications, Inc.

Goldenberg, J.L. & Roberts, T-A. (2004). The beast within the beauty: An existential perspective on the objectification and condemnation of women. In J. Greenberg, S. L., Koole, and T. Pyszczynski (Eds.), Handbook of Experimental Existential Psychology (pp. 71-85), New York : Guilford .


Roberts, T-A., Curtin, N., Duncan, L.E. & Cortina, L.M. (2016). Feminist Perspectives on Building a Better Psychological Science of Gender. New York, NY Springer.

Feist, J., Feist, G. & Roberts, T-A. (2017). Theories of Personality, 9th Ed. New York, NY: McGraw Hill.

Feist, J., Feist, G. & Roberts, T-A. (2013). Theories of Personality, 8th Ed. New York, NY: McGraw Hill.

Zurbriggen, E. & Roberts, T-A. (2012). The Sexualization of Girls and Girlhood: Causes, Consequences and Resistance.. New York: Oxford University Press.

Roberts, T-A. (2004). Lanahan Readings in The Psychology of Women, 2 nd Ed. Baltimore, MD: Lanahan.

Awards & Honors

Winkler-Herman Professor of Psychology


2014 Women in the World Summit:
What Are We Telling Our Daughters?

2014 Women in the World Summit:
Mirror Image - The New Way to Self-Esteem

All that Stands in the Way: The Debate

MICROLECTURE: The Sexualization of Girls

INTERVIEW: An interview on WNYC with Tomi-Ann Roberts, Ph.D. regarding her published research with Yousef Arefi-Afshar (Psychology '03) on gender and posture. The research article appears in Cognition and Emotion.

Click here to listen to WNYC interview

Regular Classes

PY451 Final Project
PY423 Psychology of Morality and Conflict
PY422 Emotion
PY309 Social Psychology
PY281 Personality
PY251 Psychological Investigations
PY143 Psychology of Gender
PY143 Mind and Body (FYE)
PY111 Introduction to Psychology: GLID (FYE)
PY100 Introduction to Psychology: Bases of Behavior

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