Betsey Benson, Ph.D.

Director, Nisonger Center Adult Behavior Support Services Program

Adult Behavior Support

(614) 688-3214





Dr. Benson received her Ph.D from Northern Illinois University, clinical psychology concentration and her B.A. from University of Rochester.


  • mental health and behavior challenges of adolescents and adults with intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorders, and Down syndrome
  • behavioral interventions
  • depressed mood
  • emotion recognition


  • Core faculty, Coordinating Center of Excellence in Dual Diagnosis (MI/MRDD), state of Ohio Initiative by Dept. of MR/DD, Dept. of MH, and Developmental Disabilities Council
  • Director, Nisonger Center Adult Behavior Support Services Program, a contract with the Franklin County Board of MR/DD, assistantships available for graduate students in this program
  • Co-author with Michael Aman, Project Med series for consumers (see Michael Aman listing)
  • Past President, Ohio Chapter of AAMR
  • Fellow, American Association on Mental Retardation
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, National Association for Dual Diagnosis
  • Participant, Psychosocial survey, in Expert Consensus Guidelines for the treatment of psychiatric and behavioral problems in mental retardation
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research
  • Editorial Board, Mental Health Aspects of Developmental Disabilities

Editorial Board, Developmental Disabilities Bulletin