PARK CITY, UT, July 10, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Lorna Smith Benjamin, PhD, ABPP, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Benjamin celebrates many years' experience in her professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes she has accrued in her field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
With more than 55 years of industry experience, Dr. Benjamin has been recognized as professor emeritus of the Department of Psychology for the University of Utah since 2012. Before embarking on her professional path, Dr. Benjamin pursued an education at Oberlin College and Conservatory, earning a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, summa cum laude, in 1955. She continued her academic efforts with a Master of Arts in 1958 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Benjamin concluded her studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1960, graduating with a Doctor of Philosophy. That was followed by an internship and two postdoctoral years of clinical training in the University of Wisconsin Department of Psychiatry.
Following these accomplishments, Dr. Benjamin was licensed as a psychologist by the State of Wisconsin in 1970 and the State of Utah in 1987. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Medical Psychotherapists and the American Board of Professional Psychology, from which she was recognized as a clinical specialist. In 1997, Dr. Benjamin was named Filosophie Doctor Honoris Causa, FDHC, by the University of Umea, Sweden.
Beyond her responsibilities within the field, Dr. Benjamin has participated in numerous endeavors in her professional circles. She has held the role of adjunct professor of psychiatry at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute for the University of Utah since 1988 as well as at Brigham Young University in 1992. A teacher for professionals on how to work with treatment-resistant patients for various hospitals and clinics across Europe in 2017, she was a researcher consultant for the Psychiatric Institute and Clinic for UW Health from 1962 to 1966. Dr. Benjamin was a Walker-Ames visiting professor at the University of Washington in 1995.
For many years, Dr. Benjamin has been similarly involved in capacities for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was the chair of the Evaluation Committee for the Department of Psychiatry from 1972 to 1973, chair of the Child Psychiatry Section of the Department of Psychiatry from 1973 to 1974, chair of the Secretarial Committee from 1975 to 1976. From 1975 to 1976, she was the Director of Clinical Services, including inpatient, outpatient, consulting, and emergency services. Dr. Benjamin was the chair of the Medical Statistics Advisory Committee in 1976, chair of the Tenure Review Committee in 1977, and chair of the Salary Committee from 1983 to 1985.
Dr. Benjamin has additionally served the University of Utah in multiple roles, initially appointed as chair of the Dean Search Committee in 1990, chair of the Internal Review Committee of the School of Social Work in 1996, and the Pilot Grant Review Board for the University Research Council from 1996 to 1998. She further held the title of director of clinical training in the Department of Psychology from 1996 to 1999, a member of the General University Internal Review Board from 1999 to 2001, and chair of the Executive Committee in the Department of Psychology in 2001. Moreover, Dr. Benjamin was the founder of the Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy Clinic at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute for the University of Utah in 2002. It offered case formulations and psychotherapy for treatment resistant patients until 2012, when Dr. Benjamin formally retired from the University. Later she returned as a consultant 1 day a week.
Dr. Benjamin has also found success with her written works, having been a manuscript reviewer for more than 15 esteemed publications, including the Archives of General Psychiatry and Psychology of Women Quarterly, she authored "Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy for Anger Anxiety and Depression: It is About Broken Hearts, Not Broken Brains" in 2018, "Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy: A Personality Based Treatment Approach for Complex Cases" in 2003 and 2006, and "Interpersonal Diagnosis and Treatment of Personality Disorders" in 1993, 1996, and 2003. The editor of the Forum of the Wisconsin Psychiatric Institute from 1962 to 1974, she has held the title of consulting editor for Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes since 1980, the Journal of Personality Disorders since 1987, the Journal of Clinical Psychology from 1999 to 2004, In Session: Psychotherapy in Practice from 1995 to 1998, Psychotherapy Research from 1990 to 1996, the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration from 1990 to 1994, Psychological Assessment in 1990, and the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology various times from 1980 to 1996. Dr. Benjamin has contributed myriad articles to professional journals, including the Journal of Comparative and Physiological Psychology, the Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, the Psychosomatic Medicine, the American Journal of Psychiatry, and the British Journal of Psychiatry. Her favorite contributions include two technical statistic papers relevant to psychotherapy research (one on covariance; one on Latin Square); her Structural Analysis of Social Behavior (SASB; Benjamin, 1978) that provides models and tools for precise measurement of interpersonal and intrapsychic events; and her model for Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy, which emphasizes work with underlying mechanisms of change defined by her practical applications of natural biology rather than the more familiar emphasis on containing, diverting, diminishing symptoms.
In addition to her primary trade, Dr. Benjamin remains affiliated with various organizations in relation to her areas of expertise. She was active with the American Psychological Association on the Division of Psychotherapy Task Force on Empirically Supported Therapeutic Relationships from 2000 to 2001 and the Division of Clinical Psychology Task Force for the Identification of Principles of Therapeutic Change from 2002 to 2004. She was president of the International Society for Psychotherapy Research from 1991 to 1992. Dr. Benjamin has been or is a member of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society, and the National Register of Health Service Psychologists.
In light of her exceptional undertakings, Dr. Benjamin has accrued several accolades throughout her impressive career. She was recognized as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in 2010, received a fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health for training in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1958 to 1962, a Fellow of the American Board of Medical Psychotherapists, and a Fellow of the American Board of Professional Psychology. She has also been honored as a Distinguished Lecturer by the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in 1984 and a Third Annual Distinguished Lecturer by Psychological Associates in 1985. Dr. Benjamin has been further cited among the Nation's 327 Best Mental Health Experts by Good Housekeeping in 1994.
Dr. Benjamin was presented with the Distinguished Psychologist Award from the Society for Advancement of Psychotherapy Division of the American Psychological Association in 2014, the Bruno Klopfer Award from the Society for Personality Assessment in 2007, the Distinguished Research Career Award from the International Society for Psychotherapy Research in 2002, the Distinguished Research Award from the Utah Psychological Association in 2002, and the Theodore Millon Award in Personality Psychology from the American Psychological Association in 1986. Likewise, she garnered several decorations from the University of Utah, such as the Superior Teaching Award from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences in 2001, the Student Psi Chi Award for Most Knowledgeable Professor in 1994, and the Superior Research Award from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences in 1993. Dr. Benjamin has been selected for inclusion in many editions of Who's Who Among Human Services Professionals, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in the World, and Who's Who of American Women.
In recognition of outstanding contributions to her profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Dr. Benjamin has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.
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