VCU Psychology Department

Do physicians’ racial biases affect clinical decision making?

Research has demonstrated that automatic, and sometimes unconscious, racial bias can affect how we make decisions about others. But can it influence something as important as a medical decision? read more...


What affects parenting in high-risk communities?

We know that living in high-risk communities is stressful for parents and youth. How does stress, including exposure to violence, affect parents’ management of their adolescents? read more...


How can we predict future rates of tobacco use?

Longitudinal population-based surveys of tobacco use can depict current prevalence levels as well as transitions over time, but how can they be used to forecast those in the future? read more...


Can coping skills help the bereaved bend but not break?

How do college students cope when a loved one dies? Bereavement is difficult at any time in life, but is coping with bereavement different for college undergraduates? read more...

school lunch

Why are VCU researchers dumpster diving?

If school cafeterias force children to take fruits and vegetables on their lunch trays, will students eat them? Will they like them more over time when fruits and vegetables are served regularly? 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