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Department Faculty

Betsey A. Benson

Dr. Benson received a Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University, clinical psychology concentration, and a B.A. degree from the University of Rochester.



Key Research Interests

  • Dual Diagnosis (mental illness and intellectual disability) in adolescents and adults
  • Aggression, social cognitive variables, and anger-management training
  • Mood disorders
  • Integration of behavioral and psychiatric interventions
  • Down syndrome

Activities

Director, Nisonger Center Adult Behavior Support Services Program, assistantships available for graduate students in this program.

Psychologist, OSU Adult Down Syndrome Clinic

Core faculty, Coordinating Center of Excellence in Dual Diagnosis (MI/MRDD), state of Ohio Initiative by Dept. of MR/DD, Dept. of MH, and Developmental Disabilities Council

Past President, Ohio Chapter of AAMR (AAIDD)

Fellow, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Past Member, Board of Directors, National Association for Dual Diagnosis

Participant, Psychosocial survey in Expert Consensus Guidelines for the treatment of psychiatric and behavioral problems in mental retardation

Associate Editor, Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities

Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research

Publications with Ohio State Graduate Students and Graduates

Lunsky, Y., & Benson, B. A. (1997). Reliability of ratings of consumers with mental retardation and their staff on multiple measures of social support. American Journal on Mental Retardation, 102, 280-284.

Benson, B. A., & Havercamp, S. (1999). Behavioural approaches to treatment: Principles and practices. In N. Bouras, (Ed.), Psychiatric and behavioural disorders in developmental disabilities and mental retardation (pp. 262-278). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Lunsky, Y., & Benson, B. A. (1999). The social circles of adults with mental retardation as viewed by their caregivers. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 11, 115-129.

Lunsky, Y., & Benson, B. A. (2000). Are anatomically detailed dolls and drawings appropriate tools for use with adults with developmental disabilities? A preliminary investigation. Journal on Developmental Disabilities, 7(1), 66-76.

Lunsky, Y., & Benson, B. A. (2001). Association between perceived social support and strain, and positive and negative outcome for adults with mild intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 45, 1-9.

Lunsky, Y., & Benson, B. A. (2001). Perceived support and mental retardation: A social-cognitive approach. Cognitive Therapy and Research. 25, 77-90.

Lunsky, Y., Emery, C., & Benson, B. A. (2002). Staff and self-reports of health behaviours, somatic complaints, and medications among adults with mild intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 27, 125-135.

Esbensen, A. J., & Benson, B. A. (2003). 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, 6, 107-113.

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

Esbensen, A. J., Seltzer, M. M., Greenberg, J. S., & Benson, B. A. (2005). Psychometric evaluation of a self-report measure of depression for individuals with mental retardation. American Journal on Mental Retardation, 110, 469-481.

Esbensen, A. J., & Benson, B. A. (2006). Diathesis-stress and depressed mood among adults with mental retardation. American Journal on Mental Retardation, 111, 100-112.

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

Esbensen, A., & Benson, B. A. (2007) An evaluation of Beck’s cognitive theory of depression in adults with intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 51, 14-24.

Benson, B. A., & Brooks, W. T. (2008). Aggressive challenging behavior and intellectual disability. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 21, 454-458.

Chowdhury, M., Benson, B. A., & Hillier, A. (2010). Changes in restricted repetitive behaviors with age: A study of high functioning adults with autism spectrum disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 4, 210-216.

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

Chowdhury, M., Benson, B. A. (2011). Deinstitutionalization and quality of life of individuals with intellectual disability: A review of the international literature. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 8, 256-265.

Other Selected Publications


Benson, B. A., & Valenti-Hein, D. (2001). Cognitive and social learning treatments. In A. Dosen and K. Day (Eds.), Treating mental illness and behavior disorders in children and adults with mentally retardation (pp. 101-118). Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Press.

Benson, B. A. (2002). Feeling, thinking, and doing: Reducing aggression through skill development. In W. I. Gardner (Ed.), Aggression and other disruptive behavioral challenges: Biomedical and psychosocial assessment and treatment (pp. 293-324). Kingston, NY: NADD.

Walz, N. C., & Benson, B. A. (2002). Behavioral phenotypes in children with Down syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, or Angelman syndrome. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 14, 307-321.

Benson, B. A. (2004). Psychological interventions for people with intellectual disability and mental health problems. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 17, 353-357.

Benson, B. A. (2005). Mental health. In W. Nehring (Ed.), Health promotion for persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities: The state of scientific evidence (pp. 73-86). Washington, D.C.: American Association on Mental Retardation.

Benson, B. A., & Havercamp, S. (2007). Behavioural approaches to treatment: Principles and practices. In N. Bouras and G. Holt (Eds.), Psychiatric and behavioural disorders in developmental disabilities (2nd edition, pp. 293-309). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Fletcher, R., Havercamp, S. M., Ruedrich, S., Benson, B. A., Barnhill, L. J., Cooper, S. A. & Stavrakaki, C. (2009). Field study of the clinical usefulness of a Diagnostic Manual for Mental Disorders in Persons with Intellectual Disability (DM-ID). Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 20, 967-974.

Benson, B. A. (2009). A case of anger in a person with intellectual disabilities. In P. Sturmey (Ed.). Varieties of case formulation (pp. 241-249). Wiley, United Kingdom.