“Receiving the Visionary Award is a truly humbling experience,” said Koss. “It takes a team effort and I’m reminded of how many people have joined with me across the years. Most of them are still working on violence against women, which means a lot as I reach a career point where I care deeply about the future generations that will carry on with the vision.”
University of Arizona Public Health Professor Receives Visionary Award From End Violence Against Women International
Tucson, Ariz. — University of Arizona Public Health Professor Mary Koss,Ph.D., received the prestigious Visionary Award from the organization End Violence Against Women International. The award was presented to Koss during the International Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Stalking Conference in Atlanta, Ga., April 19-21, 2010.
Koss joins a distinguished list of Visionary Award recipients that includes Vice President Joseph Biden, honored in 2002 when he was a U.S. Senator from Delaware.
Dr. Koss is a Regents’ Professor in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. In addition to teaching and research, she directs the Veteran Family Wellness Program and Safety Connections, a family strengthening service for abused women and children.
Kim Lonsway, director of research for EVAW International, nominated Koss citing her vision in creating new fields of knowledge, leadership in forging new directions, and dedication to bridging the divide between research and practice. “Because of her tireless efforts, we are better able to understand and serve the many needs of sexual assault victims in our communities.”
In her work on gender-based violence, Koss served on the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Violence Against Women. She has twice testified before the US Senate and participated in congressional briefings. She sits on the Coordinating Committee of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative, funded by the Global Forum and the Ford Foundation based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has consulted with the World Bank, United Nations, World Health Organization, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the US Departments of Education and Justice. Her current work involves advising the Gallup Organization on their survey of sexual assault prevalence in the US Air Force and advising Social Science International in their work with implementation and evaluation of sexual assault prevention in the Air Force. She recently served as Rapporteur on gender-based violence at the 4th Milestones of a Global Campaign for Violence Prevention in Geneva.
Dr. Koss has written and co-edited several books including No Safe Haven: Male Violence Against Women at Work, at Home and in the Community and The Rape Victim: Clinical and Community Responses. She is co-editor of a two book series for the American Psychological Association, Violence Against Women and Children: Critical Analysis and Emergent Priorities that will appear in 2010.
End Violence Against Women International’s Visionary Award recognizes individuals for their vision and leadership in ending violence against women. The award is given to an individual who has advanced the field through research or practice, which has increased public awareness of the problem of violence against women and improved the response of criminal justice and community systems.