Mary Looman’s career in criminal justice and her work with marginalized citizens spans four decades, beginning in the mid-1970s. She has a PhD in Clinical Psychology and a master’s degree in Justice Administration. She has taught at the university level as an adjunct professor for nearly 15 years and has been a sought-after presenter on a variety of topics including a developmental model of criminality, parental competency, and the alpha behaviors of self-efficacy. After nearly 10 years working for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Dr. Looman has recently retired from full-time work to spend more time writing books on criminal justice reform and psychological wellness.
Dr. Looman has published research in numerous areas, including criminal justice reform, leadership, and self-efficacy behaviors. Her dissertation regarding the impact of relationship synergy on goal outcomes earned the Mathilda B. Canter Award for excellence in research from the American Psychological Association. In 2016, a book she co-authored with Dr. John Carl, A Country Called Prison: Mass Incarceration and the Making of a New Nation (Oxford University Press, 2015), earned the CHOICE Award for Outstanding Academic Title from the Association of College and Research Libraries, American Library Association.