Layne Bennion, Ph.D. (USAF Retired)

Layne Bennion, Ph.D. (USAF Retired)

Layne Bennion

Name: Layne Bennion, Ph.D. (USAF Retired)

Department of Primary Appointment: Medical & Clinical Psychology
Position: USU Faculty
Title: Assistant Professor of Psychology (Clinical Educator) / SOM Director of Academic Success

Email: (link sends e-mail)
Office Phone: (301) 295-9677
Room: B3039


University of Virginia



1985  B.A. in Psychology, Utah State University; Minor: Japanese.

1988  M.S. in Family & Human Development, Emphasis: Marriage and Family Therapy, Utah State University

1995  Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of Virginia

1993  APA-approved Internship in Clinical Psychology, Wilford Hall Medical Center

1999  Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology, 2 years, University of Virginia Health Science System

License: Clinical Psychology, AL #854 since 1996.


Background and Areas of Interest

Dr. Bennion is a retired USAF clinical psychologist and clinical neuropsychologist with three deployments (Diego Garcia 2001-02, Baghdad International Airport (BIAP), Iraq 2003-04, Kirkuk Iraq 2006-07) and military postings at Lackland AFB in TX, Onizuka Airstation in CA (now Moffet Field), Keesler AFB in MS, RAF Lakenheath in the UK, and Joint Base Andrews in MD.  After being selected by the USAF, he completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology (1999-2001) at University of Virginia Health Sciences System

While in uniform, he served in many leadership roles including: Clinic Chief (outpatient mental health clinic; multiple assignments), Chief of Neuropsychological Services (multiple assignments), Chief of Mental Health Team (3 deployed teams), acting Director of Training (internship), acting Head of Psychology Training Faculty, Director of Externship Training, Family Advocacy Officer, and Alcohol Drug Abuse Prevention Program Manager.  He also served 7 months as staff Neuropsychologist at National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) at Walter Reed National Medical Center MD.   

During his time in the USAF, Dr. Bennion always had an active clinical treatment case load (therapy), completed over 2,000 psychological and neuropsychological assessment cases and for the past 15 years has worked as a part-time or full-time neuropsychologist.  After retiring from the USAF, Dr. Bennion worked as Staff Neuropsychologist and then Chief Neuropsychologist, Intrepid Spirit One NICoE Satellite (TBI Clinic), at Ft Belvoir VA.  Prior to his USAF time, Dr. Bennion served just under 4 years in the Virginia Army National Guard as an enlisted field medic. As USUHS faculty, he continues clinical work through part-time practice at the TBI Clinic at Ft Belvoir VA.

Over the course of his career, he has been a clinical supervisor for 6 unlicensed psychologists, ~30 interns, ~12 externs, and ~15 neuropsychology or CADAC technicians.

Areas of interest include, among others, neuropsychological, cognitive and personality assessment; medical and graduate-level education; enhancement of cognitive functioning; mild traumatic brain injury.


Teaching: Graduate Level


Course Director, Adult Clinical Assessment, one year series (includes three 4-credit courses)

Lecturer, USUHS School of Medicine, Psychological and Neuropsychological Assessment

Lecturer, Internship Neuropsychology Rotation

Lecturer, Internship adult Mental Health Clinic Rotation


Professional Publications 


Bennion, L.D. (in press).  "Farm Boy Turned Military Psychologist: Experiences during Combat Deployments". In E. Ritchie and C. Warner (Eds) The Psychiatrist in Combat, pages pending. Springer Publishing.


Bingham, C.R., Bennion, L.D., Adams, G.R., Openshaw, & D.K. (1994). An analysis of age, gender and racial differences in recent national trends of youth suicide.  Journal of Adolescence, 17, 53-71.


Anderson, E.R., Lindner, M.S., & Bennion, L.D. (1992).  The Effect of family relationships on adolescent development during family reorganization.  In E.M. Hetherington & W.G. Clingempeel (Eds.), Coping with Marital Transitions: A Family Systems Perspective.  Monograph of the Society of Research on Child Development, 57, Nos. 2-3, Serial No. 227.


Adams, G.R., Bennion, L.D., Openshaw, D.K., & Bingham, C.R. (1990). Windows of vulnerability: Identifying critical age, gender, and racial differences predictive of risk for violent deaths in childhood and adolescence. Journal of Primary Prevention, 10, 223-240.


Adams, G.R., Dyk, P., & Bennion, L.D. (1990).  Parent-adolescent relationship and identity formation. In B.K. Barber and B.C. Rollins, (Eds.) Parent-Adolescent Relations, (pp. 1-19). New York: University Press of America.


Adams, G.R., Bennion, L.D., & Huh, K. (1989). Objective Measure of Ego Identity (2nd Edition). Department of Family and Human Development, Utah State University, Logan, Utah.


Adams, G.R., Bennion, L.D., & Huh, K. (1989). Manual for the Use and Administration of the Objective Measure of Ego-Identity Status (2nd Edition).  Department of Family and Human Development, Utah State University, Logan, Utah.


Adams, G.R., Openshaw, D.K., Bennion, L.D., & Noble, S. (1988). Loneliness in Late Adolescence: A social skills training study. Journal of Adolescent Research, 3, 81-96.


Adams, G.R., Bennion, L.D., & Huh, K. (1987). Manual for the Use and Administration of the Objective Measure of Ego-Identity Status.  Department of Family and Human Development, Utah State University, Logan, Utah.


Bennion, L.D., & Adams, G.R. (1986).  A revision of the Extended Version of the Objective Measure of Ego-Identity Status: An identity instrument with late adolescents.  Journal of Adolescent Research, 1, 183-198.


Professional Activities


Member, Association for Psychological Science

Member, National Academy of Neuropsychology

Member, Society for Air Force Psychologists

Member, USUHS SOM Student Promotions Committee (non-voting)

Member, USUHS SOM LTCOS Remediation Working Group