Trauma, Health & Hazards Center

Charles Benight, Ph.D.

THHC Director

Dr. Benight joined University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 1994 from University of Miami where he completed his postdoctoral training in behavioral medicine.Dr. Benight founded and is the director of the CU Trauma, Health, & Hazards Center. 

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Dr. Charles C. "Chip" Benight is the director of Trauma, Health and Hazards Center.

Areas of Interest

Dr. Benight's primary area of research interest is in the human adaptation from trauma. Over the past 21 years, he has focused research on recovery from natural disasters, man-made disasters, motor vehicle accident trauma, sexual abuse, domestic violence, and bereavement. He is a reviewer for several primary journals in health and trauma psychology. 


Dr. Benight earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Stanford University with an emphasis in Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine in June 1992, earned his Masters 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 and is the Director of Clinical Training for the Clinical Masters Program. 


Dr. Benight is a licensed Psychologist and is trained in the latest empirically supported treatments for trauma. 

Honors and Awards

Awards: In 2010, Dr. Benight received the New Inventor of the Year from the University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office. To listen to an interview with Dr. Benight about Technology Transfer, please click here. In 2012: Dr. Benight was honored by the Psychological Society of the Pikes Peak Region with the Cornelia Sabine Award for Outstanding Contribution to Psychology. In March 2013, Dr. Benight was named a President's Teaching Scholar, the highest accolade for teaching at the University of Colorado. He is one of only 10 UCCS faculty to have received this distinction. 

He has received grants through the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Science Foundation, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Association, and the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center/Department of Defense. 


Dr. Benight served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Traumatic Stress and is currently on the Editorial Boards for the journals Anxiety Stress and Coping, and Stress and Health.

In the Media

January 2013:

Dr. Benight provided an interview about the Aurora theater shooting and about the internet intervention he has developed for first responders during that tragedy.

You can listen to the interview here: