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Charles C. "Chip" Benight, Ph.D.

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Dr. Charles C. Benight is the director of Trauma, Health and Hazards Center. Dr. Benight joined University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 1994 from University of Miami where he completed his postdoctoral training in behavioral medicine. He 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 founded and is the director of the CU Trauma, Health, & Hazards Center.  In addition, Dr. Benight is a licensed Psychologist and is trained in the latest empirically supported treatments for trauma.

Dr. Benight's primary area of research interest is in the human adaptation from trauma. Over the past 14 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 including: Health Psychology, Psychosomatic Medicine, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Traumatic Stress, Journal of Applied Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Reviews, Brain Behavior and Immunity, International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. He has received a National Institute of Mental Health grant on coping with motor vehicle accident trauma and is completing a National Science Foundation grant with Dr. Eve Gruntfest on the efficacy of warning systems in short-fuse weather disasters.  He served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Traumatic Stress.

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 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  have received this distinction.

In the media:

In 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:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twwK_ELkgYg&list=PLEDC04B9A5A66CC38&feature=player_detailpage