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Natalie Bennett

Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Training
Natalie Bennett

Dr. Natalie Bennett is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Clinical Training of the clinical PsyD program on the Sacramento campus. She earned her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Nevada- Reno (UNR), where her research focused on forensic concepts related to child sexual abuse. She completed internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the CAARE Center at UC Davis Children’s Hospital in Sacramento, providing intervention and assessment for children and families with histories of abuse, neglect, or involvement in the foster care system. 

Dr. Bennett’s primary interests remain centered around child maltreatment, forensics, and trauma therapy. A proud Latina, she has additional interest in supportinghealth equity for underserved populations. Her research has explored areas such as the treatment acceptability of parenting programs among Latina mothers andthe undersampling of ethnoracial minority participants in trauma treatment efficacy studies. Given Dr. Bennett’s love for math and science, she holds weeklyDissertation Office Hours available to all students in the program and teaches the two-course Research Methods & Statistics sequence.

In addition to Dr. Bennett’s experience in academia, she has worked as a pediatric psychologist within a primary care clinic in Oregon, providing integratedbehavioral health care to children from birth to 18. Although her passion lies in working with youth and families, she also has extensive clinical and teachingexperience in adult behavioral health, particularly in adult trauma exposure therapies.

Professional Interests
  • Child maltreatment; sexual abuse and assault
  • Trauma therapy across the lifespan
  • Parent-child dyadic therapies and infant mental health
  • Health equity for underserved groups, especially the Latine population 
Education and Certifications
  • PhD Clinical Psychology, University of Nevada- Reno
  • BS, Psychology, The Ohio State University
  • Research Methods & Statistics
  • Four-Course Dissertation Sequence • First-Year Practicum Consultation
  • Trauma electives 
Scholarship and Contributions to the Field
  • Denning, D. M., Newlands, R. T., Bennett, N., & Benuto, L. (2022). "Sexual education experiences and curriculum recommendations from survivors of sexual violence: A mixed methods study." Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma.
  • Benuto, L., Bennett, N., & Casas, J. (2020). "Minority participation in randomized controlled trials on Prolonged Exposure." Journal of Traumatic Stress, 33(4), 420-431.
  • Bennett, N., & O’Donohue, W. (2020). Identifying grooming of children for sexual abuse: Gender effects and increased false positives from internet information. International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy, 20(2), 133-145.
  • Bennett, N. M. & Blankenship, A. P. (2020). "Behavioral problems in children. In L. T. Benuto, F. Gonzalez, & J. Singer (Eds.)" Handbook for Cultural Factors in Behavioral Health: A Guide for the Helping Professional. Springer.
  • Benuto, L.T., Bennett, N., Newlands, R., & Casas, J. (October 2019). "Using Spanish-language interpreters to deliver treatment to trauma-exposed Latinxs: Results from a pilot study. In L. Benuto (Chair), Culturally Responsive Intervention Efforts for Trauma-Exposed Latinxs." Symposium presented at meeting of the National Latinx Psychological Association, Miami, FL.
  • Bennett, N., Reinosa-Segovia, F. & Benuto, L. T. (October 2019). "The acceptability of a brief parenting program among Latina mothers." Poster presented at the meeting of the National Latinx Psychological Association, Miami, FL.
  • Bennett, N., & O’Donohue, W.T. (2018). "Pedophilia. In R.D. Morgan (Ed.)." The SAGE Encyclopedia of Criminal Psychology. Sage.
  • Benuto, L. & Bennett, N. (2015). "Using Prolonged Exposure Therapy to treat a Latina female with a complex trauma history." International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy, 15(1), 143-153.
  • Bennett, N. M. & O’Donohue, W. T. (2014). "The construct of grooming in child sexual abuse: Conceptual and measurement issues." Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 3(8), 957-76.
  • Medjuck, J., Cirlugea, O., & Bennett, N. (2014). Developing healthy sexuality. In D.S. Bromberg & W.T. O’Donohue (Eds.), Toolkit for Working with Juvenile Sexual Offenders. Elsevier.