Ph.D. Colorado State University, Applied Social Psychology, 2008
M.S. Colorado State University, Applied Social Psychology, 2006
B.S. Colorado State University, Psychology and Sociology, 2003
Basic and Advanced Research Methodology, Applied Social Psychology, Environmental Psychology, Interdisciplinary
Social-Environmental Psychology, natural and anthropogenic soundscapes, the role of privacy, territoriality, and/or noise on interpersonal relations, museum visitor studies and evaluation, Borderline Personality features and social behavior
"A systematic evaluation fo park renovations at Fairmount Park East Parkside - Phase 2" (2015). Organization: William Penn Foundation, Awarded to Co-PI Jacob Benfield, Andrew Mowen, and Ben Hickerson. Amount: $256,000.00 for 24 months
Internal Grants (Selective list):
“Soundscape-induced psychology and biobehavioral stress recovery.” Organization: Social Science Research Institute, Research Collaborative Fellowship (2014), Role: PI, Amount: $10,000.
“Integrating Humanities, Science, Social Science: A Team-Taught Collaborative Interdisciplinary Course on Visualization.” (2014). Organization: Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, Teaching Support Grant, Role: Co-PI, Amount: $3,500.
Awards and Honors
ACURA Research Competition Honorable Mention (Linsday Freezman), Penn State University-Abington 2015
Outstanding Teacher Award for Tenure Line Faculty, Penn State University-Abington 2014
ACURA Research Competition Finalist (Cassidy Depaul), Penn State University-Abington 2013
ACURA Research Competition Winner (Laurie Raboy), Penn State University-Abington 2012
2011-2012 Public Scholar Award, Penn State University-Abington 2011-2012
ACURA Research Competition Winner (Brian Bonner), Penn State University-Abington 2011
Taff, B.D., Benfield, J.A., & Newman, P.B. (in press). Promoting appropriate national parks for our service members: A call for new research. In Dustin, D. (Ed). This land is your land: Toward a better understanding of nature's resiliency-building and restorative power for armed forces personnel, veterans, and their families. Sagamore.
Montemurro, B., & Benfield, J.A. (2015). Hung out to dry: Disparagement humor on American Idol. Humor, 2, 229-252.
Benfield, J.A., Rainbolt, G.A., Bell, P.A., & Donovan, G. (2015). Classrooms with nature views: Evidence of differing student perceptions and behaviors. Environment and Behavior, 47(2), 140-157.
Benfield, J.A., Nurse, G., Jakubowski, R., Gibson, A., Taft, D., Newman, P., et al. (2014). Testing noise in the field: A brief measure of individual noise sensitivity. Environment and Behavior, 46(3), 353-372.
Benfield, J.A., Taff, B.D., Newman, P., & Smyth, J. (2014). Natural sound facilitates mood recovery from stress. Ecopsychology, 6(3), 183-188.
‡Gillmor, K., Bernstein, M. J. & Benfield, J. A. (2014). Have you no shame? Infrahumanization of promiscuous sexual assault victims as moderated by dispositional and situational Just World orientation. The Journal of Student Research, 3(1), 34-45.
‡Standish, A., Benfield, J.A., Bernstein, M.J., & Tragesser, S.L. (2014). Characteristics of borderline personality disorder and disgust sensitivity. The Psychological Record, 1-9.
Bernstein, M.J., & Benfield, J.A. (2013). Our current past influences our present relationships: Rejection sensitivity is differentially predicted by Past-Positive and Negative Time perspectives. The Psychological Record, 63, 615-628.
Bell, P.A., Romano, P.A., Benfield, J.A., Mace, B.L., Nurse, G.A., & Greene, T.C. (2012). Classroom exercises and demonstrations on human and natural environment impact. Ecopsychology, 4(2), 148-157.
Nurse, G., Benfield, J.A., & Loomis, R.J. (2012). Self-report behavior mapping as a tool for gallery movement evaluation. Visitor Studies, 15(2), 203-216.
Rainbolt, G.N., Benfield, J.A., & Bell, P.A. (2012). The influence of anthropogenic sound in historical parks: Implications for park management. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 30(4), 53-65.
Tragesser, S.L., & Benfield, J.A. (2012). Borderline Personality Disorder features and mate retention tactics. Journal of Personality Disorders, 26(3), 334-344.
Nurse, G., Benfield, J.A., & Bell, P.A. (2011). New implications for wildlife loss evaluation: The role of subjective predictors. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 16(2), 87-99.
Benfield, J.A., Bell, P.A., Troup, L.J., & Soderstrom, N.C. (2010). Does anthropogenic noise in national parks impair memory? Environment and Behavior, 42(5), 693-706.
Benfield, J.A., Bell, P.A., Troup, L.J., & Soderstrom, N.C. (2010). Aesthetic and affective effects of vocal and traffic noise on natural landscape assessment. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 30, 103-111.
Benfield, J. A., Jakubowski, R. D., Szlemko, W. J., Loomis, R. J., Winchester, J. & Pickering, R. (2008). An ‘honest visionary’ and ‘dishonest scallywag’: Blending fact, opinion, and interest into a front end evaluation. Visitor Studies, 11(1), 55-72.
Szlemko, W.J., Benfield, J.A., Bell, P.A., Deffenbacher, J.L., & Troup, L.J. (2008). Territorial markings as a predictor of driver aggression and road rage. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 38(6), 1664-1688.
Benfield, J.A., Szlemko, W.J., & Bell, P.A. (2007). Driver personality and anthropomorphic attributions of vehicle personality relate to reported aggressive driving tendencies. Personality and Individual Differences, 42(2), 249-258.
Benfield, J.A., & Szlemko, W.J. (2006). Internet based data collection: Promises and realities. Journal of Research Practice, 2(2), Article D1.
‡Indicates a student co-authored paper