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Charles C. "Chip" Benight joined University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) from University of Miami where he completed his postdoctoral training in behavioral medicine. Dr. Benight earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Stanford University with an emphasis in Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine in June 1992. He earned his Master's Degree in Counseling in 1986 and his Bachelors in Business Management from the Arizona State University in 1983. Dr. Benight teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology, Trauma Psychology and was the Director of Clinical Training for the Clinical Masters Program from 1996-2004. Recently, Dr. Benight founded and is the Director of the CU-Trauma, Health & Hazards Center... read more.

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M. Scott Trimboli held various positions in both the commercial and defense industry before joining the staff of UCCS in 2007. Prior to that, he served over 20 years in the U.S. Air Force where he completed two faculty tours with the Department of Astronautics at the U.S. Air Force Academy and was selected for the prestigious AFOSR Engineer and Scientist Exchange Program in 1992 where he worked as control systems specialist on a multi-national research team for the German Aerospace Research Establishment (DLR) in Gottingen, Germany. He later served as director of the first worldwide operational test of the Milstar satellite communications system. His industry experience includes positions with two commercial software companies where he worked as a director of product strategy and then as program manager for a cutting edge information fusion and data visualization system. He received his M.S from Columbia University and Ph.D. from Oxford University; current research interests include multivariable robust control, model predictive control, and information fusion. Dr. Trimboli serves on the Board of Directors for eSpace, the Center for Space Entrepreneurship, located in Louisville, Colorado. In addition, Dr. Trimboli is the Managing Director for the National Institute of Science, Space and Security Centers and the Director of the Center for Space Studies... read more.

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Tom Pyszczynski is Director of Human Factors Research for the UCCS Homeland Security Center. Dr. Pyszczynski received his Ph.D. in social psychology in 1980 and has been on the faculty in the Psychology Department at UCCS since 1986. His research focuses on psychological, social, and cultural factors that encourage and discourage support for terrorism and violent solutions to inter-group conflict. He has published over 130 articles in scientific journals and 3 books, including “In the Wake of 9/11: The Psychology of Terror.” He recently received a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association for his work on the role on Terror Management Theory... read more.

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Roger Sambrook is Director of Information Sciences Research for the UCCS Center for Homeland Security and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department. He received his Ph.D. in 2002 in Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, and has been on the UCCS faculty since 2004, serving on the graduate faculty in the Departments of Geography and now Psychology. He is an interdisciplinary researcher, working in Psychology, Geography, Complex Systems and Computer Science. His research focuses on human-computer interaction, modeling technological & organizational factors involved in terrorism and emergency management and the root-causes of terrorism. Current projects include: Emergency Management technology requirements analysis in collaboration with the United States Air Force GeoIntegration Office; Sex-based differences in online computer-gaming behaviors in collaboration with Dr. Michele Companion of the UCCS department of Sociology; and Socio-economic root causes of terrorism in collaboration with Steven Radil of the University of Illinois.

Dr. Sambrook is currently writing “Psychology and Terrorism” in collaboration with Dr. Elena Mastors at the Naval War College. This undergraduate textbook will be published by Blackwells in late 2009... read more.

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Pelin Kesebir is a post-doctorate researcher at the Center for Homeland Security. Her research explores different aspects of existential human motivation and its implications for individual and societal well-being. Psychology of peace and psychology of religion are among the topics she is currently working on... read more.