Layne Bennion, Ph.D.

Layne Bennion, Ph.D.

Name: Layne Bennion, Ph.D.

USU Department of Primary Appointment: 
Medical and Clinical Psychology
Title: 
Assistant Professor of Psychology (Clinical Educator) / SOM Director of Academic Success
Faculty Rank: 
Assistant Professor
Location: 
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD

Research Interests:
Psychological and Neuropsychological Assessment, Clinical aspects of brain injury

Office Phone: 
(301) 295-9677

Education

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.

Biography

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.

Bibliography

  • Bennion, L.D. (2017). "Farm Boy Turned Military Psychologist: Experiences during Combat Deployments". In E. Ritchie and C. Warner (Eds) The Psychiatrist in Combat, pages 11-19. Springer Publishing.
  • Lopreiato, J., Bennion, L.D., Clark, L., Cloyd, G., Koltko, V, Montgomery, M, Pak, K., & Witter, J. (31 May 2017). Longitudinal Cases Forster Therapeutic Relationships between SPs and Doctoral Students in Clinical Psychology. Workshop Presentation at 2017 Annual Conference of Association of Standardized Patient Educators, Alexandria, VA.
  • Invited Lecturer, Remediation for Medical Learners in Trouble, Academic Leadership Conference for nation-wide Program Directors/Asst Directors of military medicine residency programs, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD. Dates: 14 Oct 2016 & 31 Mar 2017
  • Peterson, C., Noramly, S., White, C., Knight, A.P., Yoon, M., & Bennion, L. What Are Best Practices for Screening and “Diagnosing” Students Who Are Experiencing Academic Difficulties? 20 April 2017, Workshop presentation at AAMC Southern Group on Educational Affairs (SGEA) 2017 Conference
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.