Mary Koss Ph.D.

Regents’ Professor for Department of Health Promotion Sciences

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).Research Interests


(PhD University of Minnesota, 1972)

Research Interests

Violence against women;  strengthening approaches to families with violence using restorative philosophy, veteran’s wellness,  measurement of sexual assault.


Gender-based violence globally including: surveillance,  maternal and child health impact, post-conflict settings, and community-engaged  amelioration strategies, prevention and evaluation.