VCU Psychology Department

Does forgiving others affect your meaning in life?

Relationships are a vital source of meaning in life. But conflicts are inevitable in every relationship. Might forgiving an offense by your partner increase or restore how meaningful you feel your life is? read more...


How can we track the psychosocial functioning of patients?

Understanding a patient’s psychological profile over time can aid in diagnosis, assessment, and treatment planning. What method can we use to track the psychosocial functioning of patients? read more...


How important are routines for our well-being?

William Blake suggested that we "Think in the morning, act in the noon, read in the evening, and sleep at night." How critical is the timing and regularly of our daily activities for our well-being? read more...


Dr. Mary Loos

Associate Professor

Clinical Psychology

Program Director, International Programme in Addiction Studies


PhD (1998), University of Maryland, College Park

Contact Information

Phone: 804-828-8019

Office: 820 W Franklin, rm 206


Research Interests

Although I am a clinical psychologist, my primary interest and responsibilities have focused for the past several years on teaching and program/curriculum development. In the Department, I have taught a wide range of courses. Recently, I have greatly enjoyed introducing students to the field of psychology in my Introductory Psychology courses, and to the field of Clinical Psychology in my Abnormal Psychology classes. I am also privileged to supervise upper class psychology majors in extended field work experiences.

Since the Fall of 2006 I have also served as VCU Program Director for the International Programme in Addiction Studies, a fully-online 36-credit Master of Science degree program offered in collaboration with the University of Adelaide, Australia, and King's College, London. My current research and pedagogical interests include program and curriculum development with a focus on distance and online learning, and the relationship of early attachment experiences to the development of later psychopathology, and particularly dissociative experiences and substance abuse.

Recent Courses Taught at VCU