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Can people have a "relationship" with the natural world?

Human behavior is at the root of the rapid pace of climate change. What leads people to perceive greater interdependence with the environment? How does their commitment to the environment predict pro-environmental behavior? read more...


What increases emergency visits in children with asthma?

How are family/culturally-based beliefs about asthma, caregiver quality of life, and emergency department use associated in pediatric asthma? read more...


Can we train students' brains to work more effectively?

Direct cognitive training in a school setting represents an important innovation for developing the underlying thinking skills needed for educational success. Can we make computers better "trainers"? read more...


Can you strengthen your character in six hours?

Religious and secular self-help experts have long helped people build character strengths. But can people achieve as much—or even more!—benefit by working through six-hour workbooks at home? read more...


Dr. Mary Loos

Associate Professor

Clinical Psychology, Institute for Drug and Alcohol 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 through VCU's Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies 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