Mary P. Koss, PhD

Professor, Public Health
Regents Professor
Professor, Psychology
Professor, Psychiatry
Professor, Family and Community Medicine
Additional Contact Info: 
Fax: (520) 626-8716
Phone: 626-9502; Fax: 626-9515
  • University of Minnesota, 1972 (Ph.D.)
  • Minneapolis V.A. Medical Center and Hennepin County Medical Center (Internship)
Honors and Awards: 
  • Outstanding Contributions to Women's Health, American Psychological Association, 1994; Heritage Award for a body of work, 1997-Stephen Shaefer Award, National Association for Victims' Assistance, for Research on Victimization, 1989-Research Career Development Award, National Institute of Mental Health, 1991-1996
  • Associate Editor, Victims and Violence
Major Areas of Research Interest: 

Mary P. Koss is a Professor in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman Arizona College of Public Health specializing in sexual violence. A clinical psychologist by training, she has twice testified before the U. S. Senate and participated in congressional briefings. She has served on expert panels for the New York Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Science. Her bibliography appears in Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and Who’s Who in America. She is a consultant to national and international criminal justice and health organizations including advising the government of Sweden on the treatment of sex offenders. She is the author of 2 books and over 175 articles on sexual assault. In recognition of her contributions, the American Psychological Association honored her with its 2000 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy. She currently serves as a member of the management committee of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative, an initiative of the Global Forum (development arm of the World Health Organization). Her current research is implementing and evaluating RESTORE—Justice that Heals, a restorative justice based alternate adjudication process for selected sexual offenses.

Her research interests include:

  • Substance abuse and violence among American Indians
  • Sexual assault surveillance
  • Violence prevention program evaluation
Selected Publications: 

Bletzer KV. Koss MP. After-rape among three populations in the Southwest: a time of mourning, a time for recovery. Violence Against Women. 12(1):5-29, 2006

Hopkins CQ. Koss MP. Incorporating feminist theory and insights into a restorative justice response to sex offenses. Violence Against Women. 11(5):693-723, 2005

Koss MP. Empirically enhanced reflections on 20 years of rape research. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 20(1):100-7, 2005

Koss MP. Figueredo AJ. Change in cognitive mediators of rape's impact on psychosocial health across 2 years of recovery.[erratum appears in J Consult Clin Psychol. 2005 Jun;73(3):566]. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology. 72(6):1063-72, 2004

Koss MP. Bachar KJ. Hopkins CQ. Carlson C. Expanding a community's justice response to sex crimes through advocacy, prosecutorial, and public health collaboration: introducing the RESTORE program. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 19(12):1435-63, 2004

Bletzer KV. Koss MP. Narrative constructions of sexual violence as told by female rape survivors in three populations of the southwestern United States: scripts of coercion, scripts of consent. Medical Anthropology. 23(2):113-56, 2004

Mohler-Kuo M. Dowdall GW. Koss MP. Wechsler H. Correlates of rape while intoxicated in a national sample of college women. Journal of Studies on Alcohol. 65(1):37-45, 2004

Sponsored Research Through MSRP: 

Courtney Bishop (MSRP 1992): "PTSD flashbacks of the victims of rape."


Tuesday, March 6, 2018