Faculty & Staff
Paul Benson, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts
Associate Chair, Department of Sociology
Areas of Expertise
Sociology of Mental Health, Medical Sociology, Public Policy
PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Professional Publications & Contributions
Paul R. Benson. 2016. "The Longitudinal Effects of Network Characteristics
on the Mental Health of Mothers of Children with ASD: The Mediating Role of Parent Cognitions." Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 46:1699–1715.
Paul R. Benson. 2015. "Longitudinal effects of educational involvement on parent and family functioning among mothers of children with ASD." Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 11, 42-55.
Paul R. Benson. 2014. "Coping and Psychological Adjustment Among Mothers of Children with ASD: An Accelerated Longitudinal Study." Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44: 1793-1807.
Paul R. Benson. 2013. "Family influences on social and play outcomes among children with ASD during middle childhood." Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7: 1129-1141.
Paul R. Benson. 2012. “Network characteristics, perceived social support, and psychological adjustment in mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder." Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42: 2597-2610.
Paul R. Benson. 2011. "Marital quality and psychological distress in mothers of children with autism spectrum disorders." Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 12: 674-684.
Paul R. Benson, Dave Daley, Kristie L. Karlof, and Dotty Robison. 2011. “Assessing expressed emotion in parents of children with autism: The Autism-Specific Five Minute Speech Sample.” Autism 15: 65-82.
Paul R. Benson and Kristie L. Karlof. 2010. “Distress and styles of coping in parents of children with ASD.” Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders 4: 217-228.
Paul R. Benson and Kristie L. Karlof. 2009. “Anger, stress proliferation, and depressed mood among parents of children with ASD: A longitudinal replication.” Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 36: 685-695.
Paul R. Benson and Kristie L. Karlof. 2008. “Parent, child, and family predictors of latter adjustment among siblings of children with autism.” Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders 2: 583-600.
View Professor Benson's Curriculum Vitae
Professor Benson's research interests include medical sociology, mental health, stress and coping, and family adaptation of childhood and adolescent disability. During the past decade, he has directed a federally-funded longitudinal study of parents of children with autism spectrum disorders.