Victim Researcher Profile

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Mary P. Koss





Mel and Enid Zuckerman Collge of Public Health, University of Arizona


Regents' Professor of Public Health





More than 20 years


Served as Principal Investigator of the RESTORE Program; the first restorative justice program for sex crimes among adults that was quantitatively evaluated. Previously was PI of the Ten Tribes Study of violence and alcohol problems on reservations. Current interests include risk assessment and therapeutic approaches for those found responsible for campus sexual misconduct, sexual assault primary prevention program focusing on alcohol serving establishments, and restorative justice-based family strengthening program for domestic violence crimes in collaboration with the Pascua Yaqui Nation. Her credentials document close to 300 publications and sustained consultations with national and international health organizations and governments. She is a member of the working group to develop a Best Practices manual for the assessment of campus climate and a second group to develop and advocate for innovation in collegiate response to sexual misconduct within OCR and VAWA guidelines. She was been selected by the American Public Health Association and the US Departments of Justice and Education to serve on the CDC Think Tank to create a comprehensive approach to sexual violence prevention as part of Not Alone: The First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. During 2016 she also advised the US Departments of Justice, Education, and the White House Taskforce on Campus Sexual Assault. She was the 8th recipient of the Visionary Award from End Violence Against Women International. In 2013, the Mary P. Koss Profile in Courage Award was created by the One in Four USA Organization to honor her career contributions to using science to improve response to rape. She has received awards from the American Psychological Association:the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy (2000) and the Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology (2017). See


Campus Sexual Assault, Dating Violence (Teen), Domestic and Family Violence, Sexual Abuse or Violence (other than campus sexual assault), perpetrators of sexual violence


American Indian and Alaska Native (tribal) victims, Deaf and hard-of-hearing victims, Victims with disabilities, LGBTQ victims, Limited English proficiency victims, Men and boys of color, Male victims generally, Military personnel victims


Community-based participatory research, Data collection, Descriptive studies, Qualitative studies, Quantitative studies, Quasi-experimental studies, Training and/or technical assistance


Action research, Data collection, Descriptive studies, Program evaluation, Qualitative studies, Quasi-experimental studies, Training and/or technical assistance