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Betsey Benson, PhD


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1581 Dodd Dr
Columbus, OH 43210

Phone: (614) 688-3214

Email: benson.3@osu.edu

 

Current OSU Appointments

Associate Professor-Clinical, Psychiatry

Adjunct Associate Professor, Psychology

 

Clinical Interest

Psychology of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Continuing Education, Extension, and Other Courses Taught

I taught a series of 5 lectures to Psychiatry residents on the topics of Intellectual and Developmental Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorders in 2012. These were included in the Community Psychiatry sequence, Dale Svendsen, MD, instructor.

Noteworthy Graduate Narrative

I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to work with several excellent graduate students in the OSU Department of Psychology Division of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and previously at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The OSU IDD graduate program is a small program and admits only a few new students per year. Students work closely with faculty advisors on clinical and research activities.



Several of my graduate advisees have received awards for their work, including the following:

Lunsky, Y. Dissertation Award from the Academy on Mental Retardation, 1999.

Rothbart, R. Dissertation Award from the Academy on Mental Retardation, 2000. (University of Illinois at Chicago).

Esbensen, A. Dissertation Award from the Academy on Mental Retardation, 2004.

Brooks, W., Butler, B. Poster Award, National Association on Dual Diagnosis, 2011.

Brooks, W. Student Award, Mental Health Services SIG, AAIDD, 2013.

Undergraduate, Graduate, and Professional Courses Taught

I have given occasional lectures in graduate classes in the IDD Psychology program. These include:

11/21/11, 12/3/12 "Co-occurrence of psychopathology" in Psyc. 717.03 Introduction to Developmental Disabilities, Marc Tasse, Ph.D., instructor of record.



9/26/13 "Ethical Issues in Clinical Practice in Developmental Disabilities" in Psyc. 6850 Ethical and Professional Issues in Psychology of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Susan Havercamp, Ph.D., Instructor of record

Academic Advising

2010 - present Brooks, W The Ohio State University. Gender differences in social skills, peer relationships, and emotional correlates in adults with high functioning autism spectrum disorders
1994 - 1998 Lunsky, Y The Ohio State University. Graduated 1998. Social support as a predictor of well-being for adults with mild mental retardation.
2000 - 2003 Leone, S The Ohio State University. Graduated 2003. Staff causal attributions for challenging behavior.
2002 - 2004 Esbensen, A The Ohio State University. Graduated 2004. Depression in individuals with mental retardation: An evaluation of cognitive theories
 

Certifications

1994 - present Psychologist: Ohio State Board of Psychology
 

Chapters in Books

Benson, B. A.. "Emotional problems I. Anxiety disorders and depression." In Handbook of behavior modification with the mentally retarded (2nd ed.).. Edited by J. L. Matson. -. New York: Plenum Press, January 1990.

Benson, B. A.. "Behavioral treatment of depression." In Depression in mentally retarded children and adults - An update for clinical practice. Edited by A. Dosen and F. Menolascino. 309-329. Leiden: Logon Publications, January 1990.

Benson, B. A.. "Anger management training: A self-control programme for persons with mild mental retardation." In Mental health in mental retardation: Recent advances and practices.. Edited by N. Bouras. -. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, January 1994.

Benson, B. A., & Aman, M. G.. "Disruptive behavior disorders in children with mental retardation." In Handbook of disruptive behavior disorders.. Edited by H.C. Quay & A. E. Hogan. -. New York: Plenum Press, January 1999.

Benson, B. A. & Havercamp, S.. "Behavioural approaches to treatment: Principles and practices.." In Psychiatric and behavioural disorders in developmental disabilities and mental retardation.. Edited by N. Bouras. -. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, January 1999.

Benson, BA, Valenti-Hein, D. "Cognitive and social learning treatments." In Treatment mental illness and behavior disorders in children and adults with mental retardation. Edited by Dosen, A, Day,K. 101-118. Washington, DC, US|USA: American Psychiatry Press, January 2001.

Benson, BA. "Feeling, thinking, and doing: Reducing aggression through skill development.." In Aggression and other disruptive behavioral challenges: Biomedical and psychosocial assesssment and treatment.. Edited by Gardner, WI. 293-324. Kingston, NY, US|USA: National Association for Dual Diagnosis (NADD), January 2002.

Benson, B. A.. "Mental health." In Health promotion for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities: disabilities: The state of scientific evidence.. Edited by W. Nehring. -. Washington, D.C.: American Association on Mental Retardation, January 2005.

Benson, B. A., & Havercamp, S.. "Behavioural approches to treatment: Principles and practices." In Psychiatric and behavioural disorders in intellectual and developmental disabilities (2nd ed.).. Edited by N. Bouras and G. Holt. -. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, January 2007.

Benson, B. A.. "A case of anger in a person with intellectual disabilities.." In Varieties of case formulation.. Edited by Sturmey, P.. 241-249. West Sussex, GB|GBR: Wiley, January 2009.

Benson, B. A.. "Behavioral assessment and intervention." In Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability. Edited by J. Gentile and P. Gillig. 309-324. West Sussex, GB|GBR: Wiley-Blackwell, January 2012.

 

Clinical Services

04/01/2002 Nisonger Adult Behavior Support Service (McCampbell Hall, OSU)
12/01/2010 OSU Adult Down Syndrome Clinic (2001 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, OH)

Conferences

Benson, BA. "Social cognition and aggression: A summary and future directons." In Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. (August 2000). 206-.

Benson,BA, Butler, B.. "Mood and behavior of adults with Down syndrome as reported by caregivers." In Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. (July 2012). 760-.

Butler, BM, Benson, BA. "Social self-efficacy and depression symptoms in adults with autism spectrum disorders." In Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. (July 2012). 690-.

 

Degrees

1975 Ph.D., Northern Illinois University

 

Editorial Activities

present Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities
present American Journal on Mental Retardation/American Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
present Journal of Intellectual Disability Research
2012 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
 

Journal Articles

Benson,B,A. "BEHAVIOR DISORDERS AND MENTAL-RETARDATION - ASSOCIATIONS WITH AGE, SEX, AND LEVEL OF FUNCTIONING IN AN OUTPATIENT-CLINIC SAMPLE." APPLIED RESEARCH IN MENTAL RETARDATION. Vol. 6, no. 1. (January 1985.): 79-85.

Saylor, C. F., Benson, B. A., & Einhaus, L.. "Evaluation of an anger management program for aggressive boys in inpatient treatment." Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. Vol. 2, (January 1985.): 5-15.

Benson, B. A.; Rice, C. J.; Miranti, S. V.. "Effects of anger management training with mentally retarded adults in group treatment.." Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Vol. 54, no. 5. (January 1986.): 728-729.

Benson, B. A.; Laman, D. S.. "Suicidal tendencies of mentally retarded adults in community settings.." Australia & New Zealand Journal of Developmental Disabilities. Vol. 14, no. 1. (January 1988.): 49-54.

Benson, B. A.; Ivins, J.. "Anger, depression and self-concept in adults with mental retardation.." Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. Vol. 36, no. 2. (January 1992.): 169-175.

Fuchs, C.; Benson, B. A.. "Social information processing by aggressive and nonaggressive men with mental retardation.." American Journal on Mental Retardation. Vol. 100, no. 3. (January 1995.): 244-252.

Walz, N. C.; Benson, B. A.. "Labeling and discrimination of facial expressions by aggressive and nonaggressive men with mental retardation.." American Journal on Mental Retardation. Vol. 101, no. 3. (January 1996.): 282-291.

Lunsky, Y.; Benson, B. A.. "Reliability of ratings of consumers with mental retardation and their staff on multiple measures of social support.." American Journal on Mental Retardation. Vol. 102, no. 3. (January 1997.): 280-284.

Walz,N,C; Benson,B,A. "Understanding of emotion-descriptive and abstract concepts by aggressive and nonaggressive adults with mental retardation." EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN MENTAL RETARDATION AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES. Vol. 33, no. 3. (September 1998.): 273-279.

Lunsky, Y.; Benson, B. A.. "Social circles of adults with mental retardation as viewed by their caregivers.." Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities. Vol. 11, no. 2. (January 1999.): 115-129.

Benson, B. A., & Fuchs, C.. "Anger-arousing situations and coping responses of aggressive adults with intellectual disability.." Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability. Vol. 24, (January 1999.): 207-215.

Lunsky, Y.; Benson, B. A.. "Are anatomically detailed dolls and drawings appropriate tools for use with adults with developmental disabilities? A preliminary investigation.." Journal on Developmental Disabilities. Vol. 7, no. 1. (January 2000.): 66-76.

Lunsky,Y; Benson,B,A. "Association between perceived social support and strain, and positive and negative outcome for adults with mild intellectual disability." JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY RESEARCH. Vol. 45, (April 2001.): 106-114.

Lunsky, Y.; Benson, B. A.. "Perceived social support and mental retardation: A social-cognitive approach.." Cognitive Therapy and Research. Vol. 25, no. 1. (January 2001.): 77-90.

Walz,N,C; Benson,B,A. "Behavioral phenotypes in children with Down syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, or Angelman syndrome." JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL AND PHYSICAL DISABILITIES. Vol. 14, no. 4. (December 2002.): 307-321.

Lunsky, Y.; Emery, C. F.; Benson, B. A.. "Staff and self-reports of health behaviours, somatic complaints, and medications among adults with mild intellectual disability.." Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability. Vol. 27, no. 2. (January 2002.): 125-135.

Esbensen, A. J.; Benson, B. A.. "Integrating Behavioral, Psychological and Pharmacological Treatment: A Case Study of an Individual With Borderline Personality Disorder and Mental Retardation.." Mental Health Aspects of Developmental Disabilities. Vol. 6, no. 3. (January 2003.): 107-113.

Benson,B,A. "Psychological interventions for people with intellectual disability and mental health problems." CURRENT OPINION IN PSYCHIATRY. Vol. 17, no. 5. (September 2004.): 353-357.

Esbensen, A., & Benson, B. A.. "Cognitive variables and depressed mood in adults with intellectual disability." Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. Vol. 49, (January 2005.): 481-489.

Esbensen, A. J.; Seltzer, M. M.; Greenberg, J. S.; Benson, B. A.. "Psychometric evaluation of a self-report measure of depression for individuals with mental retardation.." American Journal on Mental Retardation. Vol. 110, no. 6. (January 2005.): 469-481.

Esbensen, A., & Benson, B. A.. "A prospective analysis of life events, problem behaviours and depression in adults with intellectual disability.." Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. Vol. 50, (January 2006.): 248-258.

Esbensen, AJ, Benson, BA. "Diathesis-stress and depressed mood among adults with mental retardation.." American Journal on Mental Retardation. Vol. 111, no. 2. (January 2006.): 100-100.

Esbensen, A, Benson, BA. "An evaluation of Beck's cognitive theory of depression in adults with intellectual disability.." Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. Vol. 51, (January 2007.): 14-24.

Aman,MG, Benson,BA, Farmer,CA, Hall,KL, Malone,KM. "Project MED: Effects of a (M)under-bar-edication (ED)under-bar-ucation booklet series for individuals with intellectual disabilities." INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES. Vol. 45, no. 1. (February 2007.): 33-45.

Benson,BA, Brooks,WT. "Aggressive challenging behaviour and intellectual disability." CURRENT OPINION IN PSYCHIATRY. Vol. 21, no. 5. (September 2008.): 454-458.

Fletcher, R., Havercamp, S. M., Ruedrich, S., Benson, B. A., Barnhill, L.J., Cooper, S. A., & Stavrakaki, C.. "Field study of the clinical usefulness of a Diagnostic Manual for Mental Disorders in Persons with Intellectual Disability (DM-ID).." Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. Vol. 70, (January 2009.): 967-974.

Chowdhury,M, Benson,BA, Hillier,A. "Changes in Restricted Repetitive Behaviors with age: A study of high-functioning adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders." RESEARCH IN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS. Vol. 4, no. 2. (April 2010.): 210-216.

Chowdhury, M., & Benson, B. A.. "Use of differential reinforcement to reduce behavior problems in adults with intellectual disabilities: A methodological review." Research in Developmental Disabilities. Vol. 32, (January 2011.): 383-394.

Chowdhury, M, Benson, BA. "Deinstitutionalization and Quality of Life of Individuals With Intellectual Disability: A Review of the International Literature." JOURNAL OF POLICY AND PRACTICE IN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES. Vol. 8, no. 4. (December 2011.): 256-265.

Brooks,WT; Benson,BA. "The validity of the social communication questionnaire in adults with intellectual disability." RESEARCH IN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS. Vol. 7, no. 2. (February 2013.): 247-255.

 

Reference Works

January 2013 Benson, B. A. & Brooks, W.."Psychotic disorders" London. : 2466
January 2013 Benson, B. A., & Brooks, W.."Depressive disorder" London. : 862

Presentations

"Emotion recognition and expression: Research and training.." Presented at National Association for the Dually Diagnosed, Orlando, FL, US|USA. (December 1995)

"The social circles of adults with mental retardation as viewed by their caregivers.." Presented at Academy on Mental Retardation, San Antonio, TX, US|USA. (May 1996)

"Choosing a Life and Basic Attitudes and Values of Direct Care Staff: Curricula for advocates and staff.." Presented at American Association on Mental Retardation, San Antonio, TX, US|USA. (May 1996)

"Anatomically detailed dolls and drawings in adults with mental retardation: Implications for assessing abuse.." Presented at American Association on Mental Retardation, New York, NY, US|USA. (May 1999)

"The social support of adults with mild developmental disabilities.." Presented at Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Toronto, ON, CA|CAN. (September 1999)

"Staff causal attributions for challenging behavior of adults with mental retardation: Effect of behavioral cue and relationship to treatment endorsement." Presented at Academy on Mental Retardation, Chicago, IL, US|USA. (May 2003)

"Cognitive triad theory of depression among adults with mental retardation." Presented at Academy on Mental Retardation, Chicago, IL, US|USA. (May 2003)

"Mental Health." Presented at American Association on Mental Retardation, Washington, DC, US|USA. (May 2004)

"Aggression: Integration of psychiatric and behavioral treatment for optimal outcome.." Presented at National Association for Dual Diagnosis, St. Louis, MO, US|USA. (October 2005)

"Ohio's Coordinating Center of Excellence in MI/MRDD: Improving services and supports." Presented at National Association for the Dually Diagnosed - International Congress, Boston, MA, US|USA. (March 2006)

"Project MED: Medication education for people with language limitations.." Presented at New Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit (NCDEU), Boca Raton, FL, US|USA. (June 2006)

"Course of behavioral change in high-functioning adults on the autism spectrum.." Presented at American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Atlanta, GA, US|USA. (May 2007)

"Changes in restricted, repetitive behaviors in high-functioning adults on the autism spectrum.." Presented at International Meeting for Autism Research, Seattle, WA, US|USA. (May 2007)

"Communication and behavioral outcomes of adults with autism spectrum disorders.." Presented at American Psychological Association, Boston, MA, US|USA. (August 2008)

"Mental health and beahvioral issues in adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities." Presented at American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, New Orleans, LA, US|USA. (June 2009)

"Identifying autism spectrum disorders in adults with intellectual disability. The validity of the Social Communication Questionaire.." Presented at International Meeting for Autism Research, San Diego, CA, US|USA. (August 2010)

"How are challenging behaviors related to unemployment in high functioning ASD?." Presented at IASSID conference on mental health and challenging behaviors, Manchester, GB|GBR. (September 2011)

"Cognitive rumination and depression symptoms in adults with autism spectrum disorders." Presented at National Association for Dual Diagnosis, Denver, CO, US|USA. (October 2012)

"Gender differences in ASD symptoms in adults with high functioning autism spectrum disorders.." Presented at International Meeting for Autism Research, San Sebastian, ES|ESP. (May 2013)

 

Technical Reports

Benson, B., Eddy, A.. Biopsychosocial Treatment. In Report and Recommendations: Clinical Best Practices for Serving People with Developmental Disabilities and Mental Illness.. Columbus, OH, US|USA: Ohio Deparment of Mental Health and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. (January 2000).