Professor of Psychology Tomi-Ann Roberts was featured in an October New York Times article that chronicled a history of sexual harassment allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein. In the article, Roberts describes an encounter with Weinstein that occurred in 1984, when she was waiting tables in New York City and hoping to start an acting career.
Among her research interests is the psychological consequences of the sexual objectification and sexualization of girls and women, and she traces her research interest in part back to the Weinstein encounter.
Roberts, who joined the CC faculty in 1993, co-authored the article “Objectification Theory,” which launched 20 years of research in psychology on self-objectification, and has served on the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls. Media covering her story since The New York Times’ article include Time, The Denver Post, “All Things Considered,” “Democracy Now!,” PBS’ “Third Rail with Ozy,” “Colorado Matters,” and CNN International, among others. The story broke during Block 2, when Roberts was teaching, and students in the class were able to join a Facebook Live conversation after the “Third Rail with Ozy” panel discussion.