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Natalie Bennett

Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Training
Natalie Bennett

Dr. Bennett’s research and clinical expertise has focused on trauma and child maltreatment, integrated care, and working with the Latinx population. Dr. Bennett earned her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno where she also completed residency. She completed internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the CAARE Center - UC Davis Children’s Hospital, serving children and families with histories of abuse, neglect, or involvement in the foster care system.

Dr. Bennett has taught undergraduate and graduate psychology classes on and off for the past seven years. In addition to her academic experience, she has also worked as a lead pediatric psychologist within a primary care clinic in rural Oregon, providing integrated care to children from birth to 18. Although her passion lies in working with youth and families, she also has extensive clinical and teaching experience in adult behavioral health.

Professional Interests

Child maltreatment and trauma therapy; parent-child dyadic therapies and infant mental health; integrated behavioral health; health equity for underserved groups, with focus on the Latinx population

Education and Certifications

PhD Clinical Psychology, University of Nevada- Reno; BS, Psychology, The Ohio State University

Research Methods & Statistics
Practicum Consultation
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. 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.