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
Teaching interests/courses taught
PSYCH144Z: Climate Change: Individual Behavior and Group Attitudes
Psych 301W: Basic Research Methods in Psychology
Psych 407: Advanced Research Methods in Psychology
PSYCH408: Program Evaluation
Psych 424: Applied Social Psychology
Research interests and innovations
Social-Environmental Psychology, environmental stressors (noise, light pollution), resource and recreation management, restorative environments.
Selected publications list
Mullenbach, L.E., Baker, B.L., Benfield, J.A., Hickerson, B., & Mowen, A.J. (2019). Assessing the relationship between community engagement and perceived ownership of an urban park in Philadelphia. Journal of Leisure Research, 50(3), 201-219.
Taff, B.D., Benfield, J.A., Miller, Z., D’Antonio, A, Schwartz, F. (2019). The role of tourism impacts on cultural ecosystem services. Environments, 6(4), 43-55.
Benfield, J.A., Nutt, R.J., Taff, B.D., Miller, Z.D., Costigan, H., & Newman, P. (2018). A laboratory study of the psychological impact of light pollution in national parks. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 57, 67-72.
Benfield, J., Taff, B. D., Weinzimmer, D., & Newman, P. (2018). Motorized recreation sounds influence nature scene evaluations: The role of attitude moderators. Frontiers in Psychology, 9.
Bernstein, M.J., Zawadzki, M., Juth, V., Benfield, J.A., & Smyth, J. (2018). Social interaction in daily life: Within-person associations between momentary social experiences and psychological and physical health indicators. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 35(3), 372-394.
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.
Benfield, J.A., Taff, B.D., Newman, P., & Smyth, J. (2014). Natural sound facilitates mood recovery from stress. Ecopsychology.
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.
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.
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.
‡Indicates a student co-authored paper
Selected awards, grants, patents, and other honors
“Development of Visitor-based acoustical and night sky indicators and standards” (2017). Organization: National Park Service, Role: Co-PI (2 years).
“A systematic evaluation of the Reimagining the Civic Commons park renovations” (2016). Organization: William Penn Foundation, Role: Co-PI. (3 years + 2-year extension).
“Healthy parks, healthy people” (2016). Organization: Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment, Role: Team Member (1 year).
“A systematic evaluation of park renovations at Fairmount Park East Parkside – Phase 2” (2015). Organization: William Penn Foundation, Role: Co-Investigator (2 years).
“Healthy Parks, Healthy People” (2015). Organization: Penn State Institute for Energy and the Environment partnered with the Social Science Research Institutes, Role: Team Member (1 year).
“Soundscape-induced psychology and biobehavioral stress recovery.” Organization: Social Science Research Institute, Research Collaborative Fellowship (2014), Role: PI (1 year)
Outstanding Teacher Award for Tenure Line Faculty, Penn State University-Abington 2014