The University of Arizona

Mary Koss Ph.D.

Regents' Professor
Health Promotion Sciences Division
1295 N. Martin Avenue
Campus PO Box: 245209
Drachman Hall A248
Tucson, AZ 85724
(520) 626-3998


Mary Koss, PhD, is a Regents’ Professor. The title Regents’ Professor is the awarded by the Arizona Board of Regents and she is among three so honored in the Arizona Health Sciences Center. In her work on gender-based violence Dr. Koss served on the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Violence Against Women and sat on the Coordinating Committee of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative, funded by the Global Forum and the Ford Foundation and based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is currently member of the AZ Reach Rapid Research Response Team on military families funded by the US Departments of Agriculture and Defense. She consults nationally with the Gallup Organization on sexual assault prevalence and response and with Social Sciences International on rape prevention. She recently served as Rapporteur on gender-based violence at the 4th Milestones of a Global Campaign for Violence Prevention in Geneva. She is co-editor a two book series for the American Psychological Association, Violence Against Women and Children (2011). In recognition of her contributions the American Psychological Association honored her with its 2000 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy, and the 2003 Committee on Women in Psychology Leadership Award. She received a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association in 2008 and in 2010 she was the 8th recipient of the Visionary Award from the law enforcement training and technical assistance organization, Ending Violence Against Women International (Vice President Joseph Biden was the 1st).

Educational Background:

University of Michigan, AB with high distinction, Psychology, 1970

University of Minnesota, PhD, Clinical Psychology, 1972

Selected Publications

White, J., Koss, M.P., & Kazdin, A. (2011). Violence against women and girls: Volume I:  Mapping the problems. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Koss, M.P., White, J., & Kazdin, A. (2011). Violence against women and girls: Volume II:  Navigating the solutions. Washington, DC, American Psychological Association.

Holm Bramsen, R., Lasgaard, M., Elklit, A., & Koss, M.P. (2011). The development and psychometric assessment of the Adolescent Sexual Coercion Risk Scale.   Journal of Interpersonal Violence. (forthcoming, currently published electronically).

Cook, S.S., Koss, M.P., Gidycz, C., & Murphy, M. (2011). Emerging issues in the measurement of rape victimization. Violence Against Women, 17, 201-218.

Yuan, N. P., Eaves, E., Koss, M. P., Polacca, M., Bletzer, K., & Goldman, D. (2010) “Alcohol is something that been with us like a common cold”: Community perceptions of American Indian drinking. Substance Use & Misuse, 45, 1909-1929.

Curriculum Vitae