Tomi-Ann Roberts, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department at Colorado College. Her research focuses on the psychological consequences of the sexualization and objectification of girls and women. The first paper she co-authored on this topic is the most cited article in the 35-year history of the journal Psychology of Women Quarterly. She served on the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls, is coauthor of the book The Sexualization of Girls and Girlhood: Causes, Consequences and Resistance (Oxford), and continues to work on both empirical research, applied consulting work, and advocacy efforts to improve the lives of girls and women by enhancing their relationship to their embodied selves. In addition to these professional positions, she is also the proud mother of two amazing daughters and is a (yes) Certified Laughter Yoga Leader.
“I am involved in Y.P.A.D. because I am an evidence-based advocate for healthy embodiment. My research shows that sexual objectification and sexualization leads to self-objectification, and self-objectification has a number of terribly negative emotional, mental, and even physical health consequences. I believe it is important for studios, parents, and dancers themselves to be aware of these consequences and to work to provide healthier alternatives in the amazing world of dance for young people. Y.P.A.D. is all about educating to provide just this sort of approach to dance.”