Grant   Benham

Professor  

Office: ELABN 345
Phone: (956) 665-2807
Email: grant.benham@utrgv.edu
Website: www.stresslab.weebly.com

Dr. Grant Benham

Dr. Benham is a Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). He is the Director of the department’s Stress and Health Lab with research focusing on the health consequences of stress and inadequate sleep and an emerging line of research examining solutions for reducing stress. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from The University of Plymouth, England and completed his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He has been a faculty member at UTRGV since 2002, has presented his work at national and international conferences, and has authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles. In his spare time, he enjoys playing tennis and racquetball and hanging out with family (including four dogs and a red-footed tortoise).





Selected Publications


  • Grant Benham, Suad Ghaddar, and Liza Talavera-Garza. "Short sleep duration is associated with obesity in Hispanic manufacturing workers," Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 28, no. 4 (November 2017): 1304-1313.

  • Grant Benham. "The association between body mass index and sleep in a predominantly Hispanic college population," Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences 39, no. 3 (August 2017): 389-397.

  • Elizabeth Briones and Grant Benham. "An examination of the equivalency of self-report measures obtained from crowdsourced versus undergraduate student samples," Behavior Research Methods (February 2016).

  • Eric Dixon, Grant Benham, John Sturgeon, Sean Makey, Kevin Johnson, and Jarred Younger. "Development of the Sensory Hypersensitivity Scale (SHS): A self-report tool for assessing sensitivity to sensory stimuli," Journal of Behavioral Medicine (February 2016).

  • Grant Benham. "Skin barrier recovery is not associated with self-perceived stress," Stress and Health (May 2015).

  • Grant Benham. "Sleep: An important factor in stress-health models," Stress and Health 26, (August 2010): 204-214.

  • Grant Benham, M. Nash, and D. Baldwin. "A comparison of changes in secretory immunoglobulin A following a stress-inducing and a stress-reducing task," Stress and Health 25, (February 2009): 81-90.

  • J. Bowen, J. Maville, and Grant Benham. "Effect of healing touch on stress perception and biological correlates," Holistic Nursing Practice 22, (2008): 103-110.

  • Grant Benham and J. Younger. "Hypnosis and mind-body interactions," The Oxford Handbook of Hypnosis: Theory, Research, and Practice. New York, NY, Oxford University Press. , March 2008: 393-438.

  • Grant Benham and M. Nash. "Ask the brains: Hypnosis," Scientific American Mind 18, no. 3 (2007): 86.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Monica Torres. UTRGV Engaged Scholarship & Learning award , Office of Engaged Scholarship & Learning, $2,000.00 (August 2017)

  • Grant Benham. Virtual forest project: examining the effectiveness of immersive 3D nature video for stress reduction, $5,000.00 (December 5, 2014 - August 5, 2015)

  • Grant Benham. Undergraduate Research Initiative Grant, $2,000.00 (December 2014 - August 2015)

  • Grant Benham. Get in Gear (GIG) Research Manuscript Writing Grant , $500.00 (September 2014 - December 2014)

  • Grant Benham. Psi Chi Faculty Advisor Research Grant, Psi Chi, $2,000.00 (August 2013 - August 2014)

  • Grant Benham. Undergraduate Research Initiative grant, $2,000.00 (October 2012 - August 2013)

  • Grant Benham. Undergraduate Research Initiative grant, $2,000.00 (June 2009 - May 2010)

  • Grant Benham. Faculty Development Council grant, $1,500.00 (December 2008 - August 2009)

  • Grant Benham. UTPA Social and Behavioral Sciences College Scholarly Writing Initiative Grant, $2,000.00 (May 2009 - May 2009)

  • Grant Benham. Undergraduate Research Initiative grant, $2,000.00 (January 2008 - August 2008)



Selected Presentations


  • Abigail Saenz, Andy Torres, and Grant Benham. "Fears and Emotions of Undocumented Immigrants and DACA Recipients: A Qualitative Analysis," Southwestern Psychological Association, Houston, TX (April 2018)

  • Tomas Ream, Andy Torres, and Grant Benham. "Intrinsic religiosity improves the predictive power of a stress-sleep model," Southwestern Psychological Association, Houston, TX (April 2018)

  • Grant Benham. "Sleep paralysis in college students: personal accounts and correlates," Southwestern Psychological Association, Houston, TX (April 2018)

  • Andy Torres, Abigail Saenz, and Grant Benham. "Stress and sleep among the immigration spectrum in a Hispanic college population," Southwestern Psychological Association, Houston, TX (April 2018)

  • Juliana Chavez, Anna Leija, and Grant Benham. "Trait mindfulness is associated with less stress-related eating," Southwestern Psychological Association, Houston, TX (April 2018)

  • Grant Benham. "Fostering active learning and student engagement through student-generated digital media projects," Southwestern Teaching of Psychology session, meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Houston, TX (April 2018)

  • Francisco Torres and Grant Benham. "Cellphone addiction is associated with poorer sleep, but not with lower GPA," Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Southwestern Psychological Association, San Antonio, TX (April 2017)

  • Linda Torres, Monica Torres, and Grant Benham. "Is Emotional Attachment to One’s Dog Associated with Self-Perceived Stress?," Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Southwestern Psychological Association, San Antonio, TX (April 2017)

  • Hyewon Kang, Andy Torres, and Grant Benham. "Lonely people have poorer sleep and more stress," Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Southwestern Psychological Association, San Antonio, TX (April 2017)

  • Andy Torres, Hyewon Kang, and Grant Benham. "Neuroticism is associated with poor sleep quality in college students," Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Southwestern Psychological Association, San Antonio, TX (April 2017)

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